THE WORLD’S FIRST DYSLEXIC FILM FESTIVAL 2017
DYSLEXIA: FROM A TABOO TO A CREATIVE FORCE
Historically dyslexia was treated as a learning disorder, now, however, it is perceived as a creative asset. Some key artists and scientists such as Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison would be diagnosed with dyslexia. In terms of creative industries, films made by dyslexic directors, such as Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Joe Wright and Steve McQueen, contribute to the most significant cinematic classics. The unconventional way of thinking resulted in distinctive and original films and DYSPLA is the first international film festival promoting the movement of dyslexic narrative.
Dyslexia is the story makers’ ‘energy, creativity and determination’ as passionately expressed by Lennie Varvarides, founder of DYSPLA and the new DIFF (DYSPLA International Film Festival), which will launch in November 2017. DIFF is a celebration as well as an exhibition of the most vibrant dyslexic filmmakers the world has ever seen. The festival will both embrace its heritage of dyslexic cinematography and promote new dyslexic directors and writers.
DYSLEXIA: THE NEW NARRATIVE
Dyslexic filmmakers are known for creating complex non-linear stories. Take Tarantino’s Kill Bill 1&2, Singer’s The Usual Suspects and McQueen’s Shame as example of this. Three completely different stories and genres playfully demonstrating the power of non-linear story structure. Such narrative gives an audience a better insight and a variety of different perspectives.
DYSLEXIA: CREATIVITY AT ITS BEST
The imagination of a dyslexic director has the advantage in story making. However difficult it could be to find a common point in Tarantino’s and Spielberg’s movies, it comes without saying that both directors present unique stories. Perhaps this is the most significant asset of dyslexic creators – a fresh and hard to duplicate way of sensing the world. These iconic filmmakers have created a genre through their life’s work, the genre of dyslexic narrative, opening opportunities for other dyslexic creatives to embrace their differences and celebrate their gift. It is with this intention that we call for local and international filmmakers to make themselves known and to submit to DIFF.
CALL FOR DYSLEXIC FILMMAKERS
All submissions made before February 2017 will be free. All films submitted will be eligible for award consideration. Award categories include: Best Newcomer, Best Story Maker/Innovator, Best Film, Best Experimental Film and Dyslexic Creative Champion.
Email dyspla at gmail dot com. Submit your films here: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/DYSPLAInternationalFilmFestival. For more information click here.
DIFF is actively looking for partnerships and sponsorships. If you’re interested in supporting
the festival, please contact Lennie Varvarides: 0791 71 57 748.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Lennie Varvarides – Festival Producer
0791 71 57 748
Aleksandra Horn – Public Relations