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Media Design School’s Shelved earns more recognition

Student film wins best animated short film at the New York International Short Film Festival


Media Design School’s Shelved earns more recognition

Media Design School’s short film Shelved has continued its winning streak with another major award – Best Animated Short Film at the New York International Short Film Festival. The news comes hot on the heels of three epic wins at the Los Angeles Movie Awards - Best Animated Film, Best Director and Best Animated Characters.

"The entire Media Design School team and all of the students who worked on Shelved are beyond thrilled with the success of this short film in the competitive US marketplace. We have created something original, which stands out from the crowd and puts New Zealand’s raw talent and innovative approach to storytelling on show for the world to see," said Media Design School CEO Frances Valintine.

Weta’s Greg Broadmore was behind the original robot concepts for the film and is thrilled with how well it has been received. "This is the second time James Cunningham and the students at Media Design School have interpreted my work into short films, and it's incredibly inspiring to see the results - it's got to be really encouraging for New Zealand's film and game industries to know that there are such great up and coming talents being fostered by people like James," said Broadmore.

In 2011, Broadmore give Media Design school permission to bring his cult comic book characters to life in short film Dr Grordbort Presents: The Deadliest Game.


  • LA Movie Awards –Best Animated Film, Best Director (animation category) and Best Animated Characters (animation category)
  • New York International Short Film Festival – Best Animated Short Film
  • SXSW – Official Selection
  • Vimeo – Staff Pick
  • Screened at 15 international film festivals to date including Phoenix Film Festival, Sonoma Film Festival, New York International Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival.


Shelved is the story of two bumbling robots who are bored by their dead-end jobs, until they realise they are about to be replaced! The comedy is a nod towards the early films of directors Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) and Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused) and offers an ironic take on the recession-era redundancies of recent times. Eleven Media Design School animation and visual effects students undertook 12 weeks of production, 5,460 hours of rendering and 6,300 hours of work to achieve the five minutes of animation. Watch it on Vimeo