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Accidents, Blunders and Calamities a winner again

James Cunningham’s Media Design School short, Accidents, Blunders and Calamities, has won Best Animated Film at the 2016 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF). The win goes one better than Cunningham’s Over the Moon, which was also selected for the competition in 2014.

Accidents, Blunders and Calamities picked up Show Me Shorts’ DEGNZ Best Editor and People’s Choice awards late last year. Overseas, it’s played plenty of festivals including Annecy, and picked up awards at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and BCN Sports Film Festival.

The film features 30 CGI animals, lovingly created and then killed off by 44 third year MDS Bachelor of Art and Design students, all of whom have now graduated.

“To get a film that was made at a school in New Zealand selected to be in competition at Comic-Con is very impressive, but to beat all the other animations is a real feat,” said Cunningham. “I’m super proud of the work everyone did on this.”

“Results such as this further contribute to Media Design School’s international reputation as one of the top three schools to provide VFX and 3D Animation qualifications globally,” said Bachelor of Art and Design Programme Leader Steve Dorner. “I am exceptionally proud of James Cunningham and all of the faculty and students who contributed to the production,”

Earlier this month, MDS was also named the world’s best tertiary institution for studying Graphic Design and Photography.

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