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Accidents, Blunders and Calamities for SXSW

Media Design School, Auckland, 10 February 2016: Media Design School’s short film Accidents, Blunders and Calamities continues to impress film festival panels globally after news that it has officially been selected as a part of the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Film Festival Short Film programme for 2016.

Inspired by the Edward Gorey classic, Accidents, Blunders and Calamities is the tale of a father possum reading a cautionary bedtime story to his children about the most dangerous animal… humans!

This black comedy for kids and parents alike is a hilarious and brutal alphabet of death and mayhem exacted upon animals by ignorant humans.  A total of 30 CGI animals were meticulously crafted and killed by a team of 44 third year Bachelor of Art and Design students.

Bachelor of Art and Design senior lecturer and award-winning director James Cunningham is thrilled by Accidents, Blunders and Calamities’ inclusion at SXSW.

Says Cunningham: “It is fantastic news to hear we’ve been accepted to SXSW. This seems to be THE festival to be at right now, as SXSW brings together the best of games, music, interactive and film.”

Cunningham, a celebrated New Zealand filmmaker and producer, has directed 13 award-winning short films featuring 3D animation and visual effects. This will be the third film he has had accepted to SXSW’s Film Festival Programme over the years, however this will be the first time that he will be in attendance for the Texan premiere.

“I am really interested to see how the film plays to that audience. It will certainly shine a big bright light on the film – fingers crossed they like it!” Cunningham says.

Accidents, Blunders and Calamities has most recently picked up both the People’s Choice Award and the DEGNZ Best Editor Award at New Zealand’s only Academy Awards accredited film festival, Show Me Shorts.

It has also been selected for the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2016 (France) and will screen at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2016 (US).

Watch the trailer for Accidents, Blunders and Calamities

About James Cunningham
James has over ten years industry experience, including work on Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring, and is a director of over a dozen award winning short films. He has an MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts in Computer Graphics.

About Media Design School
Media Design School is New Zealand’s most-awarded private tertiary institution. Distinguished by its close alignment to the industry, both domestically and internationally, the Auckland-based school offers specialist degrees for emerging creative industries including the Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects); the Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art); the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming); and the Bachelor of Media Design. A range of foundation diplomas and graduate qualifications are also available.

Media Design School is part of Laureate International Universities, the world’s largest private university group with over 80 institutions in 29 countries, including dedicated design schools in San Diego, California; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Milan, Italy. For more information, visit www.mediadesignschool.com.

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