The first ever DYSPLA International Moving Image Festival (DIMIF) opens in London tonight, running from 14-18 March 2018, with a remit to explore the terms “dyslexic narratives” and “dyslexic aesthetic”.
The first festival dedicated to dyslexic and neurodivergent filmmakers, DIMIF plans to blur the lines between traditional film festivals and an art gallery experience, and has secured funding by Arts Council England.
All award-winning films will be played simultaneously in the space, projected onto smoke and made audible via a radio transmitter that the audience is given on entering the gallery. The audience will negotiate their way around the space, searching for the films based on fragmented information that they hear and see.
“This necessary audience participation is not only intended to be fun, it will also highlight the way information can be processed differently, as experienced by neurodivergent people,” a spokesperson says.
The festival will commence with the Awards Ceremony Gala and Wine Reception on 14 March 2018, with gala guests the first to experience the visual innovation of the award-winning films. The gallery opens with a multi-channel holographic smoke installation that will be edited live commissioned video artist, D-Fuse, a moving image innovator and pioneer. His work will explore “the eminence and definition of the dyslexic aesthetic”, which will be talked about further during an industry panel discussion on the 15 March 2018.
“Being part of a dyslexic film festival frees up my creativity and almost gets rid of any walls or ‘rules’ which could otherwise be present,” says Michael Faulkner, who founded the D-Fuse Collective. “I think that events like this are important because by facing the stigma of dyslexia and neurodivergence in our society head on, we almost supersede it and turn it into something positive.”
The most exciting filmmakers will be awarded handmade ‘wearable’ awards, designed by Sari Rathel (co-founder of jewellery studio Räthel & Wolf), and all the award-winning films will also go on tour in a selection of London universities and across the UK.
Location: The Crypt Gallery, The Crypt Gallery, Euston Road, London NW1 2BA
Award Ceremony and Gala: 14 March 2018, 7.30-10PM, (£30)
Screenings & panel discussion: 15 March 2018, 1-7PM (screenings); 7:30PM (panel discussion), (£5/10)
Daily festival screenings: 16-18 March 2018, 1-8.30PM (£5)
You can find more details about the DYSPLA International Moving Image Festival on Facebook, buy a ticket to the screenings or the Awards Ceremony Gala, or donate and support DYSPLA here.