New Short Film 'Minor Accident of War' Wins Top Awards in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles

Press Release ( - LOS ANGELES - Nov 25, 2019 - The new animated short film, “Minor Accident of War,” about a fateful mission during WWll written and narrated by the man that lived it, was awarded  “Best Short Film” in Chicago, “Best Animated Film” in New York City and “Best Documentary Short” in Los Angeles in two weeks since it started screening at film festivals.

The 10-minute film combines contemporary animation with a true historical story. It is based on the poem, “WWll,” by Edward Field, a 95-year-old veteran and acclaimed writer. The awards were received from The Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival, the Big Apple Film Festival in NYC, and the Studio City International Film Festival.

“Making this film has been such a rewarding experience,” says producer Diane Fredel-Weis, who is also Field’s niece. “Our team is absolutely delighted at the recognition. The Chicago Fest said the ‘decision was unanimous’ in the selection of our short out of 49 films. We’re honored.”

Award-winning filmmakers in Poland and the U.S. were dedicated to bringing this compelling story to the screen with authenticity, sensitivity and creativity.

Helmed by Fredel-Weis, a former marketing executive for the Walt Disney Company, the small production team includes animator Piotr Kabat (The Edge), sound designer Michal Fojcik (Dark Phoenix, Acid Rain, Loving Vincent), consultant Alex Kupershmidt, a Disney animation veteran (The Lion King, Lilo & Stitch), composer Alex Gimeno (Ursula 1000) and co-producer David Finch (Recalculating).

“Minor Accident of War” is a riveting retelling of Field’s survival almost 75 years ago. On Feb. 3, 1945, on his third of 27 missions in the 384th Air Force Bomb Group, Field was navigator on a B-17 when flak crippled the plane, causing it to crash into the North Sea. Of the 10 crew members, three lost their lives. It happened to be the day the USAAF conducted its largest raid of the war against Nazi Germany.

“Edward provided critical details for the production and was involved in every step,” says Fredel-Weis. “He lived it. He wrote it. He narrates it. Quite a trifecta in filmmaking.”

“Minor Accident of War” recently screened at the Animation & VFX Summit in L.A. Ramin Zahed, Editor in Chief of Animation Magazine, called the film “A powerful, inventive and important animated adaptation.”

Field is an awarded author and poet and regarded as a significant voice in LGBT literature and the literary world in general. He is also the writer of the Academy Award-winning short documentary, “To Be Alive.” For more information, please visit or contact Andrea Ferraco at


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