We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in Bristol's cultural and creative life.

We identify, support and network the talent of tomorrow, encouraging their creativity, ability and curiosity as artists and audiences.

Our inclusive programmes reach out to young people in the spaces where they are (on and offline), developing their profile, skills, confidence and networks and providing stepping stones into the creative and cultural sector.


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If you’re 16 – 25, live in the South West and want to learn about or work in film, we can support you. BFI Film Academy offers opportunities for 16 – 25 year olds, anywhere in the UK, to get to know more about film and how to make a career in the screen industries.

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Project Ended in July 2022

Developing young people’s digital skills, voice, confidence, experience and networks so they go into the creative sector and thrive. Rife focussed on young people’s voices and creativity to set the agenda in the sector, driving it forward so it continues to innovate and inspire.

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A place for early career creatives curious about film and/or creative technology practice.

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Project Ended in March 2020

Creative Producers International gathered together a dynamic network of creative producers from across the world. It aimed to enhance individual practices, raise ambitions and make real change across the world on a city scale.

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The film and television industry in the UK is thriving but a skills shortage and lack of diversity within the sector threaten to undermine it's future. The BFI Film Academy identifies and nurtures young talent to help the sector continue to thrive.

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Watershed is the regional Hub Lead Organisation for the BFI’s Film Audience Network initiative to develop audiences for a broader range of film. We work with cinemas, film exhibitors and distributors across the South West to promote great British and international independent cinema.

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Project Ended in March 2021

A pilot project creating and fostering inclusive work environments to support our brightest and best young creative talent in the cultural and creative industries. 

Am I A Bad Kid?
Length: 4m 30s
BFI Film Academy Bristol

Jay explores the lack of support that the school system provides for excluded kids and young people with diverse needs, and how being labelled as a 'bad kid' has damaging effects for a young person's development.

My Sister and ADHD
Length: 5m 46s
BFI Film Academy Bristol

Sisters Emily and Isabel were close growing up, then Isabel got diagnosed with ADHD. This short documentary takes a look at how ADHD affects their relationship, as they navigate the changes of growing up together.

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Project Ended in March 2018

A collaboration between Watershed and Bristol City Council to create a platform for young voices in Bristol.

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Project Ended in April 2015

Future Producers was a Watershed development scheme for 18-25 year olds, teaching them the skills needed to programme a cross art-form venue like Watershed.

Bristol Talent Lab
Length: 3m 55s

We assembled a diverse, innovative team of young Bristol people to devise a new online platform for youth.

Gromit's Movie Marvels: Animation Workshops
Length: 3m 35s

A month-long stop-motion animation summer school as part of Cinékids, programmed by Gromit!

Digital Dishes
Length: 3m 10s

A week long workshop for over fifties from across Europe, creating digital stories based on their personal experiences with food.

Filmic 2013: Tron Night
Length: 3m 31s

A short film made by BFI Film Academy participants about their Tron screening + Man vs Machine afterparty.

Creative Cinema Summer School: Flea To The Circus
Length: 2m 48s

A week long extravaganza of cinema-themed films and workshops for children inspired by the circus fun of Disney Pixar's 'A Bug's Life'.

Aardman Animations FILMCLUB Q&A
Length: 21m 47s

Makers of Aardman Animations 'The Pirates!' discuss how animation is made and their work in the creative industry.

Ghostwatch: My Urban Home
Length: 7m 16s

Do you dare to follow 8 brave children as they track the movements of the ghost of Barton Hill?