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, Tyson Pienaar and Joshua Wheeler.


The fourth Sit Down Shutup and Watch Film & New Media Festival will be held over 14 – 25 October 2020 to coincide and partner with Adelaide Film Festival.

The 2020 SDSW Film & New Media Festival will be in an exciting new format, being held primarily online to make it accessible to the widest possible audience, and Covid-safe of course.

This year’s theme is Virtually Together and the SDSW Committee invite you to WATCH / BUILD / CHAT.

2020 Festival Schedule
Each online screening will go for around 30 minutes and will be a mix of comedy, animation, documentaries, drama and more, presented by SDSW Committee members. The films will be streamed from the SDSW website, with the opportunity to chat live during the screening.

Wednesday 14 October: 10.30am*
Thursday 15 October: 10.30am
Friday 16 October: 10.30am

Wednesday 21 October: 10.30am
Thursday 22 October: 10.30am
Friday 23 October: 10.30am

Best of Fest live on the big screen!
Sunday 25 October: 10.30am at Adelaide Film Festival, Palace Nova Cinema To buy tickets to the Best of Fest, please click on this link: SDSW Best of Fest Tickets

*Times listed here are in Australian Central Daylight savings Time

2018 Festival
The 2018 Sit Down Shutup and Watch Film & New Media Festival was held over 19-20 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. All of the 2018 films can be viewed on the SDSW YouTube channel.

You can view the five films from the Comedy 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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