Tag Archives: Kate Jessop

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

Without Borders


ShortSightedProgrammeLittle Elephant to screen in WITHOUT BORDERS: a selection of films exploring identity across cultural differences on SUNDAY 19 JUNE 2016, 12.30pm, The Yard, Hackney Wick, London. Without Borders is one of six new cutting-edge programmes by Short Sighted Cinema. Short Sighted Cinema is a celebration of short form film.

The other films showing alongside LE are: Shoshanas-skateboard-UK-shortest-Nights-screening

Shoshannah’s Skateboard: a determined teen girl sneaks out of her orthodox Jewish community with one goal to become a YouTube skateboard star. Dir. Kate Ascott-Evans.

Maya: Narrowly escaping the clutches of the slave traders, Maya, Bikram and Kancha suddenly find themselves trapped in the heart of Kathmandu. Vulnerable, penniless and alone, they are forced to live their life on the streets with only hopes and dreams of happiness. Dir. Veemsen Lama.

Najima: as labour nears, a pregnant 12-year old Yemeni child bride must endure the challenges of her everyday life. Dir. Cristhian Andrews.

Marianne: a young Nigerian man travels to a remote Pentecostal church with his ailing wife. Dir. Tomisin Adepeju. INCOGNITO-Jeremiah-Quinn-SHORTEST-NIGHTS-2

Incognito: two mysterious men meet for one last coffee in Buenos Aires in 1960. Their secrets and identities are slowly revealed. Dir. Jeremiah Quinn.

Kate Jessop, director of Little Elephant will be attending. Say ‘hello’.

M.I.A’s BORDERS apt for the theme of this post. If you don’t know this, KNOW THIS! One of the most relevant artists right now.

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.

Spring excitement


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


LSFF Laurel 2016

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.