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This policy covers how we use your personal data (or your child’s if they are under 18 years of age) when taking part in BFI Film Academy run by Watershed. For information on how we use your information when you engage with other areas of Watershed please see our standard Privacy Notice here.

We are committed to protecting your personal information and being transparent about what information we hold about you. The purpose of this policy is to give you a clear explanation about how Watershed collects and processes your information. It relates to our use of any personal information we collect from you (or your child, if they are under 18) via the following services:

  • Registering with any of our Engagement Projects (eg BFI Film Academy, Future Producers)
  • When you register and / or take part in our work experience scheme
  • When you register and / or take part in a workshop we are running (either at Watershed, or at another location)
  • our communications with you


It also relates to our use of any personal information you provide to us by phone, SMS, email, in letters and other written correspondence, and in person.

Collecting this data makes it possible for you to register with us for our Engagement Projects (such as BFI Film Academy and Future Producers), and to help us ensure that the young people we work with are as well-looked after as possible.

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we ask everyone we work with whether there are any arrangements we can make that would make their lives easier. This includes anything from allergy-appropriate food to making space modifications. Trying to second-guess these things never works as many needs are invisible – so we ask that you do let us know if there’s anything we can provide or change to make life easier. 

We do not ask you to disclose any personal information that we think would be likely to cause you to object to or complain about, but we are always open to discuss with you any of the information we hold.

We use your information in accordance with all applicable laws concerning the protection of personal information.

Who We Are

Based in Bristol city centre Watershed houses 3 cinemas, the Pervasive Media Studio, a café & bar and events spaces. Watershed develops cultural engagement, imagination and talent, in the belief that the route to better futures is open, disruptive and co-produced. With our audiences and participation at the heart of our organisation we  produce and present original ideas and content and curate a diverse programme of talent development, cinema exhibition, events and festivals.

We also run projects including:

  • BFI Film Academy: A hands-on filmmaking course aimed at developing knowledge and skills, delivered in on behalf of the BFI (British Film Institute).
  • RIFE magazine: Rife magazine is an online magazine for young people, written by young people.
  • Pervasive Media Studio: The Pervasive Media Studio hosts a brilliant community of over 100 artists, creative companies, technologists and academics exploring experience design and creative technology. It is a collaboration between Watershed, University of Bristol and UWE Bristol.

The Watershed group of companies consists of:

  • Watershed Arts Trust Limited
    A company registered in England & Wales with no. 01608779 and a registered charity with no. 284188. VAT number 916 2531 38.
  • Watershed Trading Limited
    A company registered in England & Wales with no. 01621620.
  • Watershed Ventures CIC
    A community interest company registered in England & Wales with no. 06097013.

The registered offices of all three companies is 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX United Kingdom, which is our main trading address.

Privacy Policy contents:



We may revise and update this Privacy Policy at any time and will indicate at the top of this page when this Privacy Policy was last revised.





In order for you to be able to participate in the BFI Film Academy Watershed needs to be able to process your personal data as part of the applications, registration, learning support, and awards processes. As part of this process we may collect:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Date of Birth
  • Postcode
  • Telephone
  • Current school / college
  • How did you learn about the BFI Film Academy?
  • Supporting statements:
    • Why do you want to take part in the BFI Film Academy? Please tell us about yourself and what difference you hope the Film Academy will make to you.
    • Please tell us about your experience and/or interest in film. If you like you can submit some work (a film/photograph/piece of writing/a website/an animation etc.) to support your answer. Please provide these links and passwords (if required) below – e.g. to YouTube, Vimeo etc.
    • Please use this space to tell us if you have any particular areas of interest in film or filmmaking, e.g., directing, programming, scriptwriting, visual effects, sound design, etc

Equalities Monitoring

We may also ask about the following, this is so we can ensure that all aspects of our work reflect diversity and support equality of opportunity. This monitoring information helps us to identify where there are gaps in our recruitment so that we can work to attract talented people from these groups and areas. It also helps us to ensure that there is no discrimination.

This is sensitive (special category) personal information, and as such we handle it with the strictest security and confidentiality:

  • Gender
  • Ethnicity*
  • Have you ever received free school meals?
  • Have you ever been in care? That is, looked after by the state
  • Do you consider yourself to have a disability?

Keeping you safe and giving you the best experience

We may also ask you the following sensitive information, this is so we can ensure your experience is as safe and comfortable as possible. This is sensitive (special category) personal information, and as such we handle it with the strictest security and confidentiality:

  • Access Requirements
  • Dietary Requirements
  • Known Medical Conditions
  • Doctor’s Name and address

Other information we collect:

  • Images and Videos of Participants: We may take photos and videos during your time with us as part of the workshop or project, which we might use to put on our website, social media and share with people who fund us. It’s your choice if you want to be in a photo or video. If you’re in the photo/video, it’s also up to you whether we can use it or not. We’ll therefore always ask for your permission (consent) around taking and using images and videos of you. This permission will be recorded via a form



We use the information listed above in a number of ways, the main ways being:

  • because it is necessary to administer the services you have requested from us and to fulfil our obligations to you in providing these services; or
  • To ensure we can facilitate sessions in the safest possible way

Specifically we use your information in the following ways:

To carry out our business and to provide a service to you

When you register for a workshop session or an engagement project (like BFI Film Academy), in order to provide you with these services we need to process and store your data to:

  • To enable us to administer the session, or project
  • To confirm your registration by email
  • To enable us to contact you to provide important information in advance of your session or project, such as details of the location of the activity or if the activity has been cancelled.

Vital Interests

In order to protect the vital interests of you or your child during engagement sessions or projects, we collect and use information.

  • To enable us to keep a register of attendance, and to have medical histories and emergency contact information available to our session leaders if they require it whilst you or your Child is attending a session.

Where we have your consent

  • To share your personal information with other organisations who would like to contact you, if you have provided your consent.
  • To use your image in photos or videos when taking part in a workshop or project

Where we have justifiable reason (including legal obligation and legitimate interest):

  • So we can make sure your experience is as comfortable as possible by understanding any access requirements you have.
  • To collect evaluation and statistics of the services we provide, in order to improve them for the future, and report them anonymously to our funders like British Film Institute (BFI).
  • To inform you of any changes related to your workshop or project session
  • The use of CCTV recording equipment in and around our premises for monitoring and security purposes.
  • To analyse the way in which our website is used and the content and links that you interact with, in order to improve our website services


Watershed delivers BFI Film Academy on behalf of the BFI, and as such Watershed is the joint data controller with the BFI. This sharing of your data involves:

  • Part or all of the information you give Watershed will be provided to the BFI. The BFI will retain this information following your participation in the Film Academy for statistical purposes only, unless otherwise agreed.
  • The BFI may share your name and contact details with a company who helps evaluate the BFI Film Academy.  They may contact you to invite you to participate in a survey evaluating the course.

Other instances where we may share your information include:

  • with third party service providers, such as hosting providers or an email service provider, who provide services to us so that we are able to fulfil our obligations to you or, where we are able to send you marketing information
  • if we have a legal obligation to disclose your information (for example, if a court orders us to);
  • if another company buys our company, or if we go insolvent, or if we merge with another company, in which case the company that receives your information will protect the information in the same way we do. If we transfer our obligations under our terms of use to another company, this may mean that we need to transfer your personal data to that company. We will contact you to let you know if we plan to do this. If you are unhappy with the transfer you may contact us to end your contract with us within 30 days and if you do so, we will not transfer your data to that company.
  • if we run an event or project in partnership with another named organisation we will also share information with that partner to enable it to report to funders and inform audience development strategy. Any data shared for these purposes will be in an anonymised and aggregated form. If we share your personal data with a partner we will always seek your consent before doing so.



Watershed is committed to ensuring your personal information is secure at all times. We store and process your personal data securely using suitable physical, electronic and operational procedures to safeguard and secure all personal information.  We will ensure that any third parties we use for processing your personal data do the same. We limit internal access to your personal data to only those who require it, and provide all our staff with Data Protection and Information Security training. We ensure that high standards of security and protection are met by abiding by our Data Protection Policies and Procedures

Watershed may transfer your email address data to USA based organisations such as Mailchimp (which we use to manage our email communications). The USA has weaker data protection laws than that of the EEA and we will ensure that we only use organisations who are a part of the EU privacy shield initiative to handle your personal information, therefore ensuring your data rights are maintained. More details on this certification can be found at We will never transfer sensitive personal data outside of the EEA.

How long we keep your personal information for:

  • For as long as we need to for the purposes for which it was collected or,
  • (if longer) for any period for which we are required to keep personal information to comply with our legal and regulatory requirements or,
  • until you ask us to delete your personal data, in accordance with your rights below.

We will not keep more information than we need. The retention period will vary according to the purpose, for example if purchasing a ticket only, we will typically keep your data for up to six years from the date of your last transaction whereas if you have pledged a legacy to Watershed, we will hold your details until notified by your executors. For further information about how long we will keep your information, please contact the Data Protection Officer using the contact details outlined in this notice.

We will assess the personal data that we hold on a regular basis to determine its relevance and destroy your personal data if we no longer require it or no longer provide any services to you.


You should find it easy to access and amend the personal information that we hold on you, or request that we stop contacting you. It’s your data and we want to make sure you feel in control of it.

You can contact us by phoning, emailing, or writing using our contact details below.

You have a number of rights in relation to your personal data. These include the right to:

  • find out how we process your personal data;
  • request that your personal data is corrected if you believe it is incorrect or inaccurate;
  • obtain restriction on our, or object to, processing of your personal data;
  • ask us not to process your personal data for our own marketing purposes;
  • withdraw your consent to our processing of your personal data; and
  • At any time you have the right to ask Watershed to amend or stop how it uses your personal information including for marketing purposes.

You have the right to request details of what information we hold about you. We will take steps to verify your identity before responding to your request and will then respond as soon as possible but no later than within a month. Please send a description of the information you would like to see, together with proof of your identity to

You have the right to get information held about you by us corrected. If you have any concerns about the accuracy of your personal data, please let us know using the contact details below.

At the end of your relationship with us you can ask us to delete your personal data and we will do so as far as we are reasonably able and subject to our legal requirements to retain such data. You can also request that we provide you with written confirmation of the deletion of your personal data, which we will provide if we have deleted that data and can provide evidence of this.

You have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority, The Information Commissioner’s Office –

If you would like to exercise any of your rights outlined in this policy or have any concerns or questions about the way in which Watershed handles your personal data, please contact us –


1 Canons Road


Bristol BS1 5TX

United Kingdom


Telephone: 0117 927 6444