Still from Moonlight by Barry Jenkins

Still from Moonlight by Barry Jenkins

The screening of a film connects audiences to a wider dialogue about ideas, creativity, diversity and the world around us.

We are both an internationally renowned cultural cinema and the home of BFI Film Audience Network Hub for the South West, developing film culture across the region. We celebrate and screen new films and filmmakers, that would otherwise not be given exposure. 

With audiences and participation at our heart, we produce an inclusive programme of talent development, cinema exhibition, events and festivals.

Cinema Rediscovered 2017

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Thu 27 - Sun 30 July 2017
Join us for the second edition of Cinema Rediscovered - a chance to discover some of the finest new digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities from across the globe where they were meant to be experienced - on the big screen.

 Curate, collaborate and connect 

Still from The Florida Project by Sean Baker
Article by Mark Cosgrove
Watershed's approach to cinema – when everything about it is changing


Still from Parasomnia by Steph Dalley
International short film competition
Depict, Watershed’s short filmmaking competition, has been challenging filmmakers since 1998 to make 90-second mini movie masterpieces.

Europa Cinema Entrepreneur of the Year

Europa Cinema Entrepreneur of the Year
In November 2010 Watershed, selected from among 1000 cinemas across 500 European cities, was awarded a major international prize by Europa Cinemas naming Watershed as 'Entrepreneur of the Year'.

Film Hub South West & West Midlands

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Engaging diverse communities with independent film
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.

November 2017 Watershed Podcast

November 2017 Watershed Podcast
A season of films, and a family event, based on Japanese Animé are the topics for discussion in this month's podcast.

 The Future of Cinema is its Past 

Still from Man All Seasons
Article by Mark Cosgrove
What is the future for the cinema? And what future for films, being shown in the cinema to appreciative audiences? Introducing Cinema Rediscovered...