Welcome

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

Everyone on the Steering Committee identifies as having a learning disability and they are passionate about film and film-making.

The third Sit Down, Shutup and Watch Film & New Media Festival will be held over 19-20 October 2018 in Angaston, South Australia. Entries for the 2018 Festival have now closed and we are thrilled to have received a record number of films from all over the world! 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!

The 2016 Festival audience described the films as “quirky”, “entertaining” and “diverse”. Check out the winner of the award for Best of Festival at the 2016 event: “I Am Runner” by Amechai Bawden.

Still from the film I Am Runner shows Amechai Bawden running up a grassy hill under a partly cloudy sky

Like its sister film festival, Oska Bright Film Festival in the UK, Sit Down Shutup and Watch is raising awareness on a growing international learning disability-led screen culture that seeks to promote cultural change, social inclusion and acceptance of high quality, original work by filmmakers with a learning disability.