Animated short film Cosmico had its world premiere at the 30th Hamburg International Short Film Festival on June 4th, 2014. Director C.J. Lazaretti and producer Hamish Graham attended the sold-out event, where the short was nominated for a €1,000 audience choice award.
Cosmico had three screenings as part of the Flotter Dreier competition, one of the most popular programmes of the festival, open to international short films with an approximate duration of three minutes or less. Each screening took place at a different Hamburg venue: celebrated indy screen Lichtmeß, owned and operated by filmmakers; state-of-the art multiplex Zeise; and an open-air late-night screening at FestivalZentrum, the entertainment complex at the heart of the event.
Every annual edition of the Flotter Dreier competition (roughly translated as "ménage à trois", and also known as the Three-Minute Quickie competition) features a theme. For 2014, it was "doping". Cosmico's rather allegorical interpretation of the theme found favour with the Hamburg International Short Film Festival's selection committee, earning it a place among the 28 entries nominated for the award, out of more than 200 submissions.
"The Hamburg International Short Film Festival is one of the most established events promoting short films in the world," says Lazaretti. "I could hardly think of a more prestigious and welcoming event in which to hold a short film world premiere. To have been accepted for a screening is in itself an honour, especially for a directorial debut. To be nominated for an award, then, is more than I could hope for."
Shorts Support Scheme in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI). The scheme rewards selected UK-made short films with industry screenings, exposure to talent agents and other opportunities.
As the creator of a potentially controversial film that casts a tongue-in-cheek glance at major world faiths, C.J. Lazaretti is quick to point out the importance of the support from major bodies like the Kurz Film Agentur Hamburg and the British Council.
"Mixing humour and religion is no easy feat in these days of easy outrage and politically correct excess," says the editor-turned-director. "Their support is not only fully appreciated, but much needed. To have such established international organisations take chances with the films they promote is an unparalleled blessing to filmmakers and audiences alike."