Sit Down Shutup & Watch Film & New Media Festival

Sit Down, Shutup and Watch Film & New Media Festival is Australia’s premier disability led film festival for films made by people with learning disability. 

Everyone on the steering committee identifies as having a learning disability, and has a passion for film. The committee members are Chair: Lee Witczak Committee Members: Lorcan Hopper, James Kurtze, Matthew Wauchope, Sara Egarr and Tyson Pienaar.

The 2018 Sit Down, Shutup and Watch Film & New Media Festival will be held over 19 and 20 October 2018 in Angaston, South Australia. With one of Europe’s leading Virtual Reality and Transmedia Storytelling artists – Simon Wilkinson – confirmed as keynote speaker, this year’s Festival will be amazing. Our first-ever two day festival will feature screenings, talks, workshops and activities with a spotlight on immersive technologies. Come along and find out what you don’t know! For program and ticketing information, go to the Sit Down, Shutup and Watch website.


The inaugural Sit Down, Shutup and Watch Festival was held on Friday 31 October 2014 in Angaston in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. The 2nd SDSW Festival was also held in Angaston in October 2016

Inspired by a 2011 residency of a team from the disability-led Oska Bright Film Festival in Brighton UK, Sit Down, Shutup and Watch is raising awareness of a growing international learning disability led screen culture that seeks to promote cultural change, social inclusion and acceptance of high quality work by filmmakers with a learning disability.


Suzanne Merrall is the Sit Down, Shutup and Watch Festival Coordinator. Suzanne works closely with the SDSW Committee to bring their vision for the festival to life.

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