NASA CineSpace 2020 Short Film Competition
Share your short film that uses real NASA imagery.

Due July 14th, 2020 - Submit a short film inspired by, and using, actual footage from NASA's digital archives for a chance to earn cash prizes, have your film screened by renowned director Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Dazed and Confused), and get programmed into the Houston Cinema Arts Festival this November.

NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society are teaming up once again to host the annual CineSpace Short Film Competition, inviting filmmakers, editors, and animators from around the world to explore NASA's digital archives and create short films inspired by, and incorporating, real NASA footage.

With over 60 years of space exploration at your fingertips – from the first Apollo flights to the latest Rover shots – your mission is to flex your creative muscles and create something truly unique. By using NASA imagery, show films that are experimental, narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, ambient, music videos, re-mix, horror, sci-fi, and more – so long as your short is based on innovative and artistic storytelling, provokes an emotional response and showcases a mastery of filmmaking, editing, and/or animation. You can submit up to 5 short films to this competition.

Films will be judged on their creativity, innovation, and attention to detail – the hallmarks of spaceflight itself – with special guest judge Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Dazed & Confused) weighing in! Submissions must be 10 minutes or less (including credits) and comprised of at least 10% NASA imagery and/or footage, which is based on the film's total runtime, excluding credits. NASA-owned imagery may be sourced from the NASA archives or any publicly available source (see an up-to-date list here).

Films selected as "Finalists" will be screened at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival in November 2020, where a special ceremony will take place for attending filmmakers and the awards will be announced during the screening.

Click the link below for Official Rules and more details.


Grand Prize:

Second Prize:

Third Prize:

SPECIAL JUDGING CATEGORIES AND AWARDS: In addition to the above awards, the Jury may also award three Special Category prizes. They are looking for submissions that elevate the featured themes using creative and original cinematic and/or storytelling techniques. If the jury feels that a submission meets these criteria, the submission may be considered for these awards. If no submissions sufficiently meet the criteria, these categories may not be awarded this year.

Best Documentary:

Film That Best Depicts "20 Years of Humans on the International Space Station":
Humans will have lived peacefully in space on the International Space Station continuously for 20 years this November. This category is designated for the film that best captures the accomplishments, over the past two decades, of the ISS’ peaceful global partnerships, its support for global space exploration, and the science and technology that benefited humanity.

Open only to natural persons, who are Tongal community members (it's free to register!), who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry.


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