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Let’s Talk workshop


rainbow_window_cross01LET’S TALK is an inclusive, discursive participatory workshop for Sheffield’s LGBT+ HUB and BELIEF and/or RELIGION HUB members to learn more about one another and talk.

The workshop will be led by RAZIA AZIZ, Co-Founder of The Equality Academy. Razia is a Diversity and Equality trainer, coach and consultant; and an Interfaith Minister offering a service to people of all faiths or none.

The workshop will inform, stimulate, facilitate discussion; and deepen the understanding and confidence of participants of one another and some of the key issues and concerns for communities. Essentially it’s about creating a safe space where we can talk about religion/belief and LGBT matters.


Time: 1pm – 4.20pm (with 20 min break)

Venue: CRUCIBLE (arrive at main entrance Tudor Square), Sheffield, S1 1DA.

Cost: FREE

Book your place here.

The event is being organised by TIGER STRUT. Tiger Strut is a new organisation led by BOBBY TIWANA. It is informed by his experience working in live performance/short film. Over the past 4 years his work has focused on increasing visibility of South Asian LGBT people through creation, presentation, workshops/discussions to stimulate/promote understanding. His two film shorts which are about the universality of love depicted through ‘parental love’ and ‘first love’, through the eyes of two gay characters have screened over 80 times in 15 months in the UK and in 15 international cities in Brazil, Europe, India and the USA.

This event is supported by Sheffield City Council.

Bobby Tiwana

This is my story, now tell me yours


flyermainimagecropBoth Love Works shorts Little Elephant and Chariot Riders will be screening on a loop at Wakefield Literature Festival on Saturday 1 October 2016 from 12-5pm. ‘This is my story, now tell me yours’ has been curated by Shazia Ashraf for Beam.

From 6-7pm there will be a panel discussion. I’ll be participating with Ahmer Bashir of Project Light facilitated by Thaj of Tribe Arts. See you there.

Event info.







Scottish Queer International Film Festival


I’m liking Sqiff’s trailer

Both Love Works shorts play at this festival in Glasgow on Thursday 29 September 2016. Chariot Riders during the day and Little Elephant during the evening.

Little Elephant is part of the Feminist Shorts programme and is nominated for an audience award sponsored by Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies at Stirling University.





Little Elephant just can’t get enough of London. It has two screenings coming up at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival on 25 September and 2 October 2016. It’s showing as part of the Animation Shorts Programme.

Young Jury’s Choice for Best Animation Award


Award modeled by filmmaker Kate Jessop in a jungle somewhere.

Little Elephant wins the ‘Young Jury’s Choice for Best Animation Award’ at the 9th edition of A Corto di Donne, women’s short film festival in Pozzuoli (Naples), Italy. Sixty high school students selected LE as their winner in the animation category.

This is a beautiful endorsement from the next generation. What is particularly special is that LE transcended transnational and perceived transcultural borders and that makes me very happy. 🙂

Bobby Tiwana

San Diego, here we come



sandiegobannerLittle Elephant travels to San Diego in sunny Cali on Sunday 5 June in LIGHTS, CAMERA, SUNSCREEN – 18th annual San Diego LGBT Film Festival  organised by Film Out San Diego at The Observatory – North Park, 2891 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104.


Still from Easy: A 3-Minute Love Story. Dir. Robert Guthrie

Film Out San Diego exists to enlighten, educate, and entertain the communities of San Diego County and beyond through the exhibition of LGBT-themed films. Film Out San Diego seeks to recognize, promote, celebrate and support the important diverse artistic contributions made by LGBT filmmakers for the LGBT community.

LE is part of the International Spotlight sponsored by Gay San Diego and San Diego Uptown News. It is screening alongside Easy: A 3-Minute Love StoryDir. Robert Guthrie. Two high school guys are in love. One is Christian, the other Jewish. One father disapproves, the other’s parents are thrilled. Who cares that it’s not perfect. They got this.

And alongside Australian feature Downriver, Dir. Grant Scicluna. A young ex-con encounters secrets from the past and danger in the present when he returns to the rural Australian community to discover the truth behind a crime he supposedly committed when he was a child.

Bobby Tiwana

Love, jus don stop workin…


‘Skyline in Mumbai’ by Ananta Mandal. 2008

Love Works is part of the official selection at Kashish, Mumbai International Queer Film Festival in India. Both Little Elephant and Chariot Riders will be shown at this year’s festival. The festival runs from 25-29 May 2016 and is showing 182 films from 53 countries.

Now in it’s 7th year, the theme is 7 Shades of Love. The theme underlines at the core of each human relationship is the capacity to love each other and offer respect so that we can all live with equality, dignity and respect.

The theme celebrates love in all its forms: romantic love, friendship, of parent and child, young love, that which endures, love for humanity and self-love.

The festival will take place across three venues: Mumbai’s largest art deco theatre, Liberty Cinema; Alliance Française de Bombay; and Max Mueller Bhavan.

Mumbai is built on an archipelago of 7 reclaimed islands; quite unimaginable to the contemporary eye. It is India’s most populous city with 18.4 million residents. It’s home to Bollywood. It has the greatest concentration of billionaires in India and has one of the largest slums Dharavi, in Asia, aka home to 1 million people.

Kashish believes that art has the power for social change. The festival uses its platform, reach and influence to rally public opinion towards equality and dignity for LGBT people. The festival uses local, national and international platforms to advocate and sensitize the larger public about LGBT issues.

In a country where homosexuality was re-criminalised in the final hour of 2013, such cultural resistance is vital to shine a light on stories of hope, resilience, beauty and love; stories of fellow Indians, South Asian brothers and sisters and our family of world citizens.

Little Elephant’s depiction of love between parent and child; and the discovery of first love in Chariot Riders are at home with 7 Shades of Love.

Chariot Riders listings

Little Elephant listings

Thank you Ananta Mandal for the use of your beautiful watercolour of Mumbai. 

Love Works hard… Southbank Centre


 Little Elephant and Chariot Riders, the Love Works pairing will be shown together as part of Southbank Centre‘s Alchemy festival 2016, from 18-30 May. They will play continuously looped one after the other on a monitor with headphones.

Alchemy festival is a collision of British Asian and South Asian arts, culture and ideas explored through music, dance, film, food, craft, talks and fashion.

Two, of the three-person core Love Works team live in London so friends, families, neighbours and all, do come down and take a look.

Other things which excite me at Alchemy: Gender Neutral Concubine Pirate by Mawaan Rizwan; Tongue, Tied and Twisted by Peter Chand and Black Country Touring; Desi Pubs by Creative Black Country and partners and Burka Avenger by Aaron Haroon Rashid and co.

See you there!

Small, beautiful and potent


BFI_FLARE_MONO_POSLittle Elephant is selected as part of official selection for BFI Flare, London LGBT Film Festival 2016 with screenings on Sat 19 and Sun 20 March at BFI Southbank.

It is organised by the British Film Institute and now in its 30th year, it is the UK’s premier queer film event. The festival includes a selection of the best films submitted to this year’s BFI Flare programme. The festival’s broken down by the themes of: Hearts, Bodies and Minds. Little Elephant is programmed as part of the Minds category and showing as part of Flipbook – a selection of animated shorts.

Sat 19 Mar, 2.10pm, Screen ‘NFT3

Sun 20 Mar, 8.40pm, Screen ‘Studio

Only in 2012 I recall being frustrated at the lack of culturally diverse films screening especially in a melting pot city like London. It feels good to be making a contribution to redress this in our own small way. Little Elephant is small, beautiful and potent. Whilst set within a specific community it is about the universal bond between parent and child.

Saturday’s screening will be the first where the director Kate Jessop, writer Carl Miller and I will be present. We’re also joined by Ernest Ignatius who plays the inimitable father in the film and his real-life daughter.

The festival runs from 16-27 Mar at the BFI Southbank: British Film Institute, Belvedere Road, Southbank, London SE1 8XT.

Bobby Tiwana

Tricky Women



Little Elephant to be screened at Tricky Women, an international festival for female directors working in animation, held annually in Vienna, Austria. Our film will be shown in the Beside Oneself category on 3 and 5 March. Kate Jessop, the film’s director will be there to talk about elephants, love and animation.Arts Council England


Here’s the trailer for the festival.