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 was 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 – as keynote speaker. Over 40 short films were screened in these categories: Animation, Comedy, Documentary, New Media, Music & Dance, Our Story, and Thriller, and all of the 2018 films can be viewed on the new SDSW YouTube channel.

You can view the seven films from the New Media category below.


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

To learn more about the history and aspirations of Sit Down Shutup and Watch, have a look at the video below.

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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