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, and Sara Egarr.

The 2018 Sit Down, Shutup and Watch Film & New Media Festival will be held over 19 and 20 October 2018 in Angaston, South Australia. Entries are now open for films where a person with a learning disability is at the centre of the creative process. The deadline for individual entries has been extended to 30 June 2018; School entries close on Friday 6 July 2018. For more information about how to enter, 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.

Contact Suzanne on Mondays at
T: + 61 8 8422 6511  E:

For more information about Sit Down, Shutup and Watch go to:

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: