Watershed curates ideas, spaces and talent to enable artistic visions and creative collaborations to flourish, producing work that cuts across film, music, theatre, design, visual art, and the creative and technology sectors.
With audiences and participation at the heart of the organisation, we deliver a diverse cultural programme of films, events, festivals, artist commissions, tours and conferences. The underpinning ethos celebrates diversity as an asset and through collaboration and co-production we develop wider inclusion and representation. We nurture a broad community of interest, which inspires new participation and cultural innovation.

Watershed works with young people to spark their imaginations and develop their ideas, identities and relationships as people, professionals and citizens of the world. In all of our work, we seek to produce open collaborations and create opportunities which bridge expertise, imaginations and boundaries to promote new ideas and enjoyable experiences.

We are also the lead organisation for one of the nine Film Hubs around the UK that make up the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN), a ground-breaking initiative developed by the BFI to enable organisations and film experts in the independent cultural exhibition sector to work in partnership to boost film audiences across the UK for specialised and independent British film. Watershed is also a recipient of the Europa Cinemas Entrepreneur of the Year Award, selected from among the 1,000 cinemas that belong to the network in over 500 cities across Europe. This reflects the adventurous approach that Watershed has taken to developing new ways of connecting with its audiences and reaching out towards a wider public.

As part of ABCinema, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Watershed worked with partners mac and Flatpack Festival, the support of Into Film, Arts Connect West Midlands, Film Hub South West & West Midlands and the wider BFI Film Audience Network supported by the National Lottery through the BFI.