“We Can’t Live Without Cosmos” (Russian: Mi ne mozhem zhit bez kosmosa) is a 2014 Russian animated short film directed and written by Konstantin Bronzit. It is produced by Alexander Boyarsky.
“We Can’t Live Without Cosmos” has been shortlisted for an 2016 Academy Award. The film revolves around two friends ready to face all the challenges that come their way in order to achieve a childhood dream of going to space.
It’s not the first Academy Award nomination for Konstantin Bronzit, a St. Petersburg-based director. The 50-year-old was also nominated for an Oscar in 2009 with his tour de force “Lavatory-Lovestory”.
“How can one know there’s a nomination coming? It’s a game! It’s like flipping a coin – heads or tails. Of course, there were some chances. I even think the odds were greater than back in 2009,” Bronzit told.
“The very nomination is some sort of a lifetime membership. What counts most for me is that it’s the second Academy nod. Any success is a lucky coincidence, of course. But the second nomination dismisses all the questions. Like they say in sports, ‘stability is an indicator of class.’ I was sort of competing against myself. That’s why this nomination is so dear to me,” he said.
“We Can’t Live Without Cosmos” has already scooped a number of awards on the festival circuit, including last year’s short film grand prize at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It has added to this by now achieving the accolade of being shortlisted for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Short Film category.
The Russian film is in the running with “Bear Story” (Chile), “Sanjay’s Super Team” (USA), “World of Tomorrow” (USA) and “Prologue” (Canada, UK).
The 88th Annual Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood (USA) on February 28th 2016.
Awards and nominations
- Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film– Pending
- Aspen Shortsfest Special Jury Prize – Won
- Animafest Zagreb Grand Prize Award – Won
- Annecy International Animated Film Festival– Feature Film – Won
- China International New Media Short Film Festival– KingBonn Award – Won
- Hiroshima International Animation Festival– Grand Pix – Nominated
- Melbourne International Film Festival– Best Animated Short Film – Won (Alexander Boyarsky, Sergey Selyakov; Producers with Konstantin Bronzit)
- Nika Awards– Best Animated Film – Nominated
- Rhode Island International Film Festival– Grand Prize – Best Animation – Won
- Tokyo Anime Award
- Short Film Competition – Grand Prize – Won
- Short Film – Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Prize – Won
- San Francisco International Film Festival– Golden Gate Award – Best Animated Shrt Film – Nominated
- Animation Show of Shows– Won