2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Accidents, Blunders and Calamities

Monday, March 14
11:00AM - 12:32PM

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Inspired by the Edward Gorey classic, this black-comedy for kids and parents alike is a hilarious and brutal alphabet of death and mayhem exacted upon animals by ignorant humans. 30 CGI animals were meticulously crafted and killed by a team of 44 students at Media Design School.

Section: Animated Shorts Competition
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: New Zealand
Language: English
Year: 2015
Runtime: 5min

Director: James Cunningham

Producer: James Cunningham, Oliver Hilbert

Screenwriter: James Cunningham

Cinematographer: Oliver Hilbert

Editor: James Cunningham

Sound Designer: Dave Whiehead, Michelle Child

Music: Emile de la Rey

Principal Cast: Phillip Greeves, Drew Cunningham, Eleanor Cunningham


James Cunningham is a New Zealand film director and animator. He has directed eleven award winning short films. He is based in Auckland, New Zealand and is now a Senior Lecturer at Media Design School, the premier Animation and Visual Effects new media school in New Zealand, where he produces and directs short films with his students.

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James Cunningham
Media Design School
+64 (9) 303-0402

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