DYSPLA Awarded Art Council Funding
to Produce DIMIF


With the support of the Arts Council England, DYSPLA launched the first festival dedicated to showcasing dyslexic and neurodivergent visual artists and filmmakers in the UK. DYSPLA International Moving Image Festival (DIMIF), ran from the 14th to 18th March 2018 at The Crypt Gallery, St. Pancras. The festival blurred the lines between traditional film festivals and the art gallery experience, challenging what is meant by the term 'dyslexic aesthetic'.
All films were played simultaneously in the space, projected onto smoke and made audible via individual radio transmitters. The audience negotiated their way around the space, searching for the audio based on fragmented information that they could hear and see. This necessary audience participation was not only intended to be fun, it also highlighted the ways in which information is processed differently by neurodivergent people.
The festival commenced on the 14th of March 2018 with an Awards Ceremony and Wine Reception. D-FUSE, an innovative and pioneering moving image artist, was commissioned to create a multi-channel holographic smoke installation, which was edited live during the event.
DIMIF awarded the most exciting filmmakers handmade, 'wearable' awards, designed by Sari Rathel. These were presented at the Gala on the 14th of March. All award-winning films also went on tour to a selection of universities in London and across the country to maximise the exposure of the festival, and to raise awareness of a new genre of filmmaking.

More information about the festival, our artists & partners.
DYSPLA was established in 2007 to exhibit and produce the work of dyslexic and neurodiverse story makers. From our early stages, we have produced and exhibited work internationally, establishing ourselves at the forefront of the dyslexic and neurodiverse creative community.
DIMIF has secured mentorships with industry professionals and further development opportunities for their award-winning filmmakers. The Award Categories were: Best Story Innovator, Best Experimental Film, Dyslexic Creative Champion. These awards will be judged by DYSPLA’s esteemed panel made up of elite members of the creative industry.
D-FUSE is a London-based artist collective who work across a range of media including installations, film, and live cinema performances. Their work has been shown internationally, including at the TriBeCa Film Festival and the San Francisco MoMA, and they have collaborated with leading musicians and composers such as Beck and Steve Reich.
Sari Rathel, Co-founder of jewellery studio Räthel & Wolf, a jewellery designer, exploring the body, physically and intellectually, through adornments, objects and collages. A graduate from Master of Art in Jewellery & Metal at the Royal College of Art in London and winner of the Best Work In Jewellery Award by Theo Fennell and the ITS Jewellery Award for her degree collection.

DIMIF partnered with Canvas Media, an Arts Council-funded initiative aimed at helping arts organisations engage with audiences on digital platforms.
DYSPLA International Moving Image Festival was made possible by funding from Arts Council England. ACE are integral to keeping the arts and cultural events like DIMIF alive, and DYSPLA would like to thank them for giving us the chance to showcase incredible dyslexic and neurodivergent filmmakers.

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