Sit Down Shutup & Watch Film & New Media Festival

SDSUW Committee Members

Sit Down, Shutup and Watch Film & New Media Festival is Australia’s premier 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 films and film-making.

The 2nd SDSW Festival was held in the Angaston Town Hall, in the beautiful Barossa Valley, South Australia, in October 2016.

Like its sister film festival, Oska Bright Film Festival in the 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.


View photos from the inaugural ‘Sit Down, Shutup and Watch Film and New Media Festival’, Friday Oct 31 2014, Angaston, Barossa Valley, South Australia here:

Full program details at our dedicated website:

Inspired by the Tutti initiated 2011 residency of a team from the disability-led Oska Bright Film Festival in Brighton UK, disabled artists from Tutti, ‘Superstars’, (from the Mid North of South Australia) and the Barossa Valley, have formed a committee to create Australia’s first learning disability-led  film festival.

Supported by Tutti, Newman’s Own Foundation, Mid North Health, The Barossa Council and Country Arts SA, the committee met monthly in Gawler to plan workshops with other disabled artists in regional South Australia in the lead-up to the inaugural Sit Down, Shutup and Watch Film and New Media Festival in 2014.

The committee members are: Chair: Lee Witczak, Vice Chair: Aimee Crathern, Samantha Charles: Secretary, Matthew Wauchope, James Kurtze and Ryan Thomas.

For information about the workshops please call Tutti on 08 8422 6511 or email

Episode 1: ‘Sit Down Shutup and Watch Film & New Media Festival’ Introducing the Committee, designing a logo and planning for the future

Episode 2: ‘Sit Down Shutup and Watch Film & New Media Festival’

Getting to know the SDSU&W committee members.


New Media – Digital Profiles

The brief was to produce a short (approx. 10 second) clip that captured something about the essence of the artist / film-maker using photography, video, sound, illustration, text, or a combination of any of these mediums. Concepts, voice overs and artistic direction by the artists. Video and image editing by Tutti film and new media staff. Check out some of the results: