Accidents, Blunders and Calamities

Early films announcement: world and NZ premieres

Still from “Accidents, Blunders and Calamities”, making its world premiere at Show Me Shorts this November.


We are excited to announce four of the 46 films that will feature in the Festival this November.

The films include Accidents, Blunders and Calamities by James Cunningham, which will be making its world premiere.

This animated bedtime story as read by a father possum is an A-Z of ways to die at the hands of the most dangerous animal of all… humans. Cunningham has an impressive ouvre of award-winning short films (Poppy, Shelved, Infection), and this one like many of his others has been animated by students at Media Design School, where Cunningham is a tutor. Accidents, Blunders and Calamities will feature in the “My Generation” section of the Show Me Shorts 2015 programme, which is suitable for families with children aged eight-years and above.

American New Zealander Jake Mahaffy’s A.D. 1363, the End of Chivalry will be screening for the first time in New Zealand. Mahaffy is a senior lecturer in media, film and television at the University of Auckland, who recently won the Orizzonti best film award at Venice Film Festival for his feature film Free in Deed. His short film is a comedy set in a medieval wilderness that received strong praise at Sundance earlier this year.

From the international selection, South Korea-based filmmakers Simon Sebastien and Forest Ian Etsler bring us 동心 (One-minded). Shot with a camera that mimics the movement of a fan turning from side to side, this innovatively crafted story unfolds around the shenanigans of a woman and her room-mate who share a tiny apartment.

One of the six music videos that feature in this year’s programme was made by last year’s Show Me Shorts Best Music Video Award winning duo Thunderlips. The Eversons – Emily is a glam-rock musical-comedy set in an infamous dumpling restaurant on Auckland’s Dominion Road. Starring the band The Eversons, two dancing dumplings and JJ Fong as Emily.

Stay tuned to hear about all of the great films in the festival this year in the full programme announcement to come on October 20!