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From his privileged point of view in outer space, a jaded nobleman feeds off the spiritual energy of planet Earth. As he himself is watched from above, his overindulgent appetite pushes the boundaries of what his poor aristocratic frame can cope with, bringing dangerous consequences to the fabric of space and time. Peoples of the Earth, beware of Duke Cosmico: you are what he eats.

  • C.J. Lazaretti
  • C.J. Lazaretti
  • C.J. Lazaretti
  • Hamish Graham
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Genres:
    animation, sci-fi, comedy
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 2, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Hamburg International Short Film Festival
    Hamburg, Germany
    June 4, 2014
    World premiere (three screenings)
  • Portobello Film Festival
    London, UK
    September 2, 2014
    UK Premiere
  • Short & Sweet
    Cape Town, South Africa
    October 20, 2014
    African Premiere
  • Sir Charlie Darwin Movie Battle
    London, UK
    November 2, 2014
  • Screen Social Presents: Debut
    London, UK
    February 25, 2015
  • International Noncommercial Animation Festival BEAR
    Dresden, Germany
    March 20, 2015
  • Contravision Film Festival
    Berlin, Germany
    March 22, 2015
  • Athens Animfest
    Athens, Greece
    March 28, 2015
    Greek Premiere
    WINNER: Special Mention Award
  • South Texas Underground Film Festival
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    December 5, 2015
    North American Premiere (two screenings)
    WINNER: Spirit of STUFF award
  • Experimental Superstars
    Novi Sad, Serbia
    December 19, 2015
    Serbian premiere
  • Austin Revolution Film Festival
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    September 23, 2016
    WINNER – two awards: Best Animated Film, Best International Short (Audience Choice)
  • Tuzla Film Festival
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    October 15, 2016
    Bosnian premiere
  • Blueprint: Scottish Independent Shorts
    United Kingdom
    December 15, 2016
  • Paura Festival Internacional de Cine de Terror
    January 23, 2017
    Spanish premiere
    WINNER: Accessit Award
  • Red Dirt Film Festival
    United States
    March 5, 2017
    Nominated – three awards: Best Animation, Best Art/Experimental and Best Comedy
Director Biography - C.J. Lazaretti

C.J. Lazaretti is a film and video editor based in Glasgow, UK. Since his debut co-editing the documentary The Gospel According to St Derek (featuring Tilda Swinton), he has worked mostly on British short film projects and TV shows. The films he's directed have won seven awards at 26 international film festivals. Find out more about him on

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Director Statement

Thank you for your interest in "Cosmico", my directorial debut short. Film magazine The Spread calls it "original and ingenious." Exploding Cinema describes it as "all your questions about religions answered in three minutes." Not bad for a three-minute short, huh?

"Cosmico" has won five awards, including Best Animated Film and Best International Short (Audience Choice) at the 2016 Austin Revolution Film Festival in Texas. It has been screened in the US, UK, Germany, Greece, Spain and South Africa.

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