Gagarin / Гагарин (1994)
Gagarin by Russian filmmaker Alexij Khartidi won the Palm d'Or at Cannes in 1995 and was also nominated for a Best Short Animation Oscar in 1996. It is a very simple, short and sweet hand-drawn animation about a caterpillar yearning to fly like the butterflies and birds, but unable to do so. It is also a lesson on being careful what you wish for, because he gets his chance to fly.
Original title: Гагарин