If you are a neurodivergent or learning disabled artist that expresses themselves through film then Sit Down Shutup and Watch (SDSW) is your festival!

In 2024, SDSW will continue its expanded online format and will also host face-to-face screenings and red carpet events in Brighton, SA and in regional South Australia.

SDSW 2024 will be a festival of multiple screenings, dynamic workshops, topical talks and interactive trans global activities.

With online viewing making the festival more accessible, in 2024 we anticipate an even bigger audience to attend our even more accessible festival.

Watch this space for event details as we harvest our creative ideas.

The Sit Down, Shutup and Watch Screen Festival Awards celebrate and acknowledge the work of neurodivergent and learning disabled filmmakers. Awards are presented in multiple areas.

This festival only accepts submissions from neurodivergent and learning disabled filmmakers and screen artists.

Only neurodivergent and learning disabled filmmakers and screen artists can enter content.

Non-disabled people and organisations can give support and advice.

Films must be 15 mins or under not including Credits.

For accessibility, films must have Closed Captions (in English) even if the dialogue is in English.

The content you submit must be your own work.

We will not accept films that breach international copyright laws.

The music you use must either be licensed to you, or free to use under creative commons, or be made by you.

In summary, you must have permission in writing to use all the music, sound and images of people in your film.

Any content that is offensive, discriminatory or illegal will not be accepted.

All Filmmakers must email suzanne.merrall@tutti.org.au to obtain the relevant Entry and Permission forms.

Films should be submitted in the following format:
File type -.MOV files or MP4
Compression - H.264
Ratio format -1920 x 1080p
Colour encoding system - PAL

Overall Rating
  • Peter Dorn Ravlin

    Thank you so much for selecting Dust Angel for your festival my learning disability is dyspraxia I might be a tad on the autistic spectrum filmmaking has been the one area of my life I am successful in in many other areas that are easy for others I struggle in and I assume is that way for many others who submitted to this festival so thank you for allowing us to share our work take care myself Peter

    November 2022
  • A great and brave festival, a very honest and nice communication.

    November 2020
  • Ashlee London

    Great festival to be a part of! Good work to all involved!

    October 2020
  • Gracias pro su tratamiento.
    Y su amabilidad.

    November 2018
  • Koba Tskhakaia

    Your festival is a very interesting event!

    October 2018