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Neurodivergent Film Festival (NDFF)

Neurodivergent Film Festival (NDFF) was created with the idea that neurodivergent people should be telling our own stories. We celebrate the uplifting of one another through film, art, and community.

July 10, 2021 • 3:00 PM-5:30 PM PDT (Event Passed)

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2021 Winners:

Free Form: Dix Pix, The Last Maslow's Day
Self-Determination: What it Feels Like


Meet Our Jurors

Meet Our Jurors

Mike Forshaw

Born and raised in Liverpool, Mike Forshaw studied film at Northumbria University before moving to London to study Fiction Direction at the National Film & Television School. His short films have screened in competition around the world, including SUNDANCE, LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, and PALM SPRINGS. His last short film, SATURDAY was BAFTA and BIFA shortlisted. Mike is a Berlinale Talents, Torino Film Lab, and BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew alumni, and is currently developing his debut feature with Pencil Trick Productions (supported by the BFI Film Fund Vision Award).

Marrok Sedgwick

Marrok Sedgwick is a queer, trans, non-speaking, multiply-disabled activist, award-winning filmmaker, and educator. He currently studies how New Media Literacy is and can be leveraged by non-speaking youth for academics and communication as a PhD student at University of Illinois at Chicago. His filmmaking practice focuses on disability and queer/trans communities, and includes documentary and experimental work. He holds the MFA in Social Documentation from University of California Santa Cruz. In his free time, he loves watching the ocean move, smelling foliage, and looking for non-human animals.

Emmett Goodman

Emmett Goodman is an animation-based artist who works with both traditional and digital mediums. Born in Chicago and raised in Cleveland, Emmett attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and later went on to earn his MFA in Computer Arts from the School of Visual Arts. Emmett has worked as a freelance animator on several productions, animating and directing projects such as short films, webisodes, movie titles, and music videos. Recently, he’s been an animator for Loafy on Comedy Central Digital, and on short films for StoryCorps. His work has been shown in multiple film festivals.

In addition to animation and art, Emmett has taught classes on animation and digital media at Pratt Institute and Hostos Community College. Emmett has also written articles on animation culture, and has been published in ASIFA Magazine.

Emma Allen

Emma Allen is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist and animator, working in a range of skill sets and materials. She is best known for her unique filmmaking style using body paint and stop-motion animation to explore the human condition

Lennie Varvarides and Kazimir Bielecki

Lennie Varvarides and Kazimir Bielecki are, respectively, the Founder and Creative Director of DYSPLA.  DYSPLA is a neurodivergent led, award winning arts studio producing and developing the work of neurodivergent storymakers, supported by the Arts Council England.

Conducting research into the Neurodivergent Aesthetic while exploring the mediums of Script Development, XR (VR, 360º Film, AR, MR), Moving Image, Photography, Poetry, Theatre & Installation, DYSPLA continue to elucidate a new artistic aesthetic defined by the cognitive difference of neurodivergence.

Mike Faulkner

Mike Faulkner is a neurodiverse digital artist based in London. In the mid 1990’s he founded D-Fuse, a visual arts company working across a range of media. It’s output encompasses installations, film, experimental documentary, photography, live cinema performances, VR/AR and architectural projects. From his origins in graphic/web design and VJing, Mike’s work has evolved to address social and environmental themes and explore collaborative processes. Further to working with ground-breaking musicians Steve Reich, Beck, Hauschka, Scanner and Swayzak, many of his projects, since 2004, feature sound/music by audio director Matthias Kispert or audio-architect Martyn Ware [of Heaven 17/The Human League].

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