Our partnerships with creative organisations gives you an insight into the real world, from exciting placement opportunities to professionally led master classes.
As one of the biggest creative hubs outside London, Bristol is home to a huge variety of cultural and media organisations.
Watch our film to see our students learning with our partners.
Bristol is the global centre for natural history filmmaking, and is home to the world renowned BBC Natural History Unit.
You will benefit from mentor programmes and visits from high profile speakers such as film directors, camera operators and investigative journalists.
In 2017 Bristol was designated UNESCO City of Film, a permanent global status that recognises the city’s achievements as a world leader in the field of film and the moving image.
Bristol now stands alongside Bitola, Bradford, Busan, Galway, Łódź, Qingdao, Rome, Santos, Sofia, Sydney, Terrassa and Yamagata as an official UNESCO City of Film.
Upon receiving this prestigious title, Bristol became a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), a worldwide group of creative cities working together towards a common mission for cultural diversity and sustainable urban development.
Being a City of Film means that Bristol can build on its well-established moving image industry, and further embed UNESCO’s values into how we watch, make and learn about film in Bristol.
It helps Bristol’s film community engage with and learn from other cities around the world, by forging international collaborations, creating new artistic exchange programmes and exploring cross cultural projects that combine film with other mediums within the Creative City fields.
UWE Film is part of the Bristol City of Film steering group.
Filmmaking, animation and photography
- National Union of Journalists
- Bristol Post
- M Shed
- Tobacco Factory Theatres
- Range of regional media and PR companies
Journalism, media and PR
Britain’s first media centre, Watershed is an established high profile brand. They promote creativity, innovation and inclusion from cultural, commercial and community sectors.
A facilitator, hub and catalyst within the creative industries, they develop new models of practice through learning opportunities for all and is the go-to place for independent film.
The Pervasive Media Studio (PMS) brings together creators and users from diverse backgrounds to research and produce valuable experiences for a new form.
They have an open ethos and can-do attitude fuelled by ideas, curiosity and generosity.
The Edinburgh International Television Festival brings together the TV world to celebrate creativity, diversity and inspirational talent and debate major industry issues.
They provide 70 sessions and 2000 attend each year including
high profile directors, actors and producers.
Encounters International Short Film Festival takes place in November at Watershed and Arnolfini. It is the largest of its kind in the UK showcasing 200 new short films and animations form all over the world.
Workshops and master classes, training courses, talks, special events, parties and guest speakers accompany the competition.
Knowle West Media Centre aims to develop the creative, educational and social potential of people within the surrounding area.
They produce high-quality film, design and media work, which provides exciting experiences for young people and they run a diverse programme of arts activities.
They are committed to social and digital inclusion and work with a wide range of organisations, individuals and artists to produce media content and explore the role of media arts in communities.
Knowledge exchange partnerships
We also have a number of collaborative and knowledge exchange partnerships with:
- BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Factual, BBC Bristol (News)
- Aardman Animations
- Watershed Cultural Cinema and Digital Creativity Centre
- Wildscreen International Wildlife Film Festival
These partnerships also provide opportunities for our students to go on placements, get involved in projects, to network, enter competitions, and to take part in great internships.