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Scottish Queer International Film Festival

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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.

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Raindance

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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.

Love, jus don stop workin…

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‘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

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 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

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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.

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Tricky Women

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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.

Spring excitement

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18-laff-logoTongues on Fire, organisers of London’s 18th Asian Film Festival have selected both Little Elephant and Chariot Riders for this year’s annual short film competition. Thirteen shorts ranging from drama, documentary and animation will screen on Saturday 5th March from 1.30-4pm at Regent Street Cinema, London.

The shortlisted films to be screened are:

A Mother Dir. Aroop Dwivedi. T.E.A.R.  Dir. Jenny Longworth. Parchhai Dir. Jeff Goldberg. Keechadpanti Dir. Anant V Keni. Rickshaw Passenger Dir. Aneel Ahmed. Rat Children Dir. Aki Nawaz. Little Elephant Dir. Kate Jessop. Borders Dir. Elizabeth Mizon. Chariot Riders Dir. Kate Jessop. Siberia Dir. Faraz Ansari. First Love Dir. Danish Renzu. Heer Dir. Honey B Singh. Tehzeeb Dir. Myriam Raja. Film Synopses and Bookings

I’ll be there as well as Carl Miller. Yay! 🙂 Do say hello! Kate Jessop will be chaperoning Little Elephant in Vienna.

Best Animation Nominee at LSFF 2016

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Little Elephant nominated for Best Animation at London Short Film Festival in the Best Animated Short Film category. A privilege and honour! Well done team: Kate Jessop, Carl Miller, Ernest Ignatius and Bharti Patel for making it possible!

Kate and I will be there for the New Shorts Animation Selection screening tomorrow – Sun 17 Jan, 6pm, ICA, Cinema 1. It will be a showcase of the best UK and international animated films submitted to the festival.

Chuffed!

In Solidarity with Kumu Hina

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We are delighted to be part of this year’s Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest in London. The festival runs from today until Sunday. The programme includes 22 features, 88 shorts, 3 exhibitions, 7 performances, 10 workshops/panels.

My film Little Elephant directed by Kate Jessop and script by Carl Miller, is about a woman’s estranged relationship with her father.

It is screening alongside documentary feature Kumu Hina. Directors Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson invite us to imagine a world where a child can grow up to be the woman of her dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Hinaleimoana is a proud and confident mahu (a person who embraces what is considered both the male and female inside). She is the wise, passionate, tattoo-covered, outspoken kumu (teacher, leader) who you cannot help but fall for as she negotiates the struggles of her new marriage and guides the determined young student Ho‘onani in this refreshing and irresistible documentary about being true to yourself, fighting for love and through heartbreak, and the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture in modern day Hawai’i.

Directed Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson. Producers Connie M Florez, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson. Editor Nels Bangerter. Score Makana. With Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Haemaccelo Kalu, and Ho’onani Kamai.

The films are screening

Friday 27 November, 8pm, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham, £7.

Sunday 29 November, 2pm, Rose Lipman Building, Hackney, £5, or £7 on door.

The director of Little Elephant Kate Jessop and I will be at Friday’s screening at Bernie Grant Arts Centre. So if you make it do say ‘hello!’

After the recent experience at Shout in Birmingham, I’m looking forward to seeing Little Elephant on a large screen again with a room full of different people. And I’m even more excited to see Kumu Hina which looks like a beautiful film: the story, visuals and it’s spirit.

Little Elephant was supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Seed Funding was provided by: Gem Arts, Sheffield City Council, Homotopia and Shout Festival.

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Little Elephant’s Indian Premier

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We are utterly thrilled to be screening Little Elephant in the Indian capital on Sunday 1 November 2015, as part of 4th Delhi Shorts International Film Festival. It is now more important than ever to be presenting diverse sexual minorities in all its hues which makes us human. We would have loved to have been there, but next time hey! Wishing all a fantastic festival. Further info.

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