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December 15, 2022





by Leo Černic
Finta Film | Slovenia, Staragara IT | Italy and Adriatic Animation | Croatia

Short Animation


On an intergalactic singles cruise, Delfino, Zenf, and Rita confront their loneliness.


Cosmonauts is an animated short film about three lonely passengers, Delfino, Zenf, and Rita, on an intergalactic singles cruise, called Pompelmo Express: a ship devoted to sex, parties and pleasure. During the journey, they will become aware of their relationship with love and are surprised at what they are willing to do to experience it, even if it’s just with the tip of their pinky finger.
The film will follow the story of each character in parallel: Delfino is a naive and chubby man who constantly dresses in BDSM cloths man. He believes in true and authentic love to the point that he is  ready to fall in love with almost everyone or everything. Rita is an older cleaning lady, bullied by everyone on board. One day, while she is secretly trying on a tutu, she gets stuck in it. With no one to help, she must learn how to dance by herself. Zenf is a cynical scientist that boards on the spaceship to hijack it to get closer to a meteorite he is obsessed about, and brings the ship right in front of it with a quite daring move.

Director’s Profile

Leo Černic is an author of short animated films. Leo graduated in film and television directing at the Academy of Theater, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana and then continued his studies in animation at the Experimental Center of Cinematography – Piedmont branch in Torino.

His graduation film “Pentola” received a number of awards and was screened at Annecy, Animafest Zagreb and other festivals.
Cosmonauts will be his professional debut.

Company Profile

Finta Film is an awarded boutique animation studio specialized in the realization of cutting-edge author-driven animation with an analogue touch. We want to create animation experiences that push the boundaries of artistic expression and storytelling. The studio’s productions have been screened at Locarno, Sundance, Clermont Ferrand, Annecy, et al, receiving more than 100 awards. Steakhouse by Špela Čadež was shortlisted for the Oscars.

The studio has completed several international projects as majority and minority co-producers.
Three Birds (2024), short animated film, by Zarja Menart Money and Happiness (2022), short animated film, by Ana Nedeljković and Nikola Majdak (minority coproduction)
Steakhouse (2021), short animated film, by Špela Čadež
Nighthawk (2016), short animated film, by Špela Čadež
Orange is the New Black – Unraveled (2017), short animated recap, commission for Netflix, by Špela Čadež
Boles (2013), short animated film, by Špela Čadež