NASA and CineSpace Launch Annual Short Film Contest

(Photo: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)
(Photo: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

There are two things I am professionally obsessed with, technology and space exploration. And occasionally, when those two paths collide, it’s very cool.  This time around, NASA is giving filmmakers the opportunity to create a short film for an annual competition using their extensive collection of stock footage, and it doesn’t have to be a documentary either.

“NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society once again will offer filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by — and using — actual NASA imagery through “CineSpace,” a short-film competition … In 2016, Filmmakers brought new visions to life using real-life space imagery. From NASA telescopes and robotic spacecraft exploring the solar system and beyond to sights captured on the International Space Station where men and women have been working in space for more than 15 years, the utilization of NASA archival imagery helped the CineSpace submissions dazzle, surprise, and inspire.” – CineSpace

10075049This is actually the third annual CineSpace short film competition that NASA has done, working in partnership with the Houston Cinema Arts Society. The competition offers a cash prize and will be open to filmmakers and space enthusiasts from all over the world.

The second annual CineSpace competition drew over 460 entries from 48 different countries last year, with finalists premiering their films at Houston Cinema Arts Festival’s CineSpace screening at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The top prize went to Sébastien Tulard of France for his short film 1950 DAand was presented by 2015 CineSpace winners Mary Magsamen and Stephen Hillerbrand of Houston, TX.

This year, entries will be competing for $26,000 in prizes with cash awards of $10,000, $5,000, and $3,000 going to the top three entries, respectively. There will also be awards for the top two films that best demonstrate the themes, “Benefits of Space to Humanity” and “Future Space Exploration.”

Finalists will have their works screened not only at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival in November 2017, but also on NASA TV and to the International Space Station. Judges include BAFTA award winning director Richard Linklater (Boyhood).

The competition is also open to all filmmakers, both professional and aspiring. Here’s what you need to do: Make a short film of any genre, from experimental, narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, ambient, music videos, re-mix, sports, horror, underground, but the good news it’s not limited to these genres.

Next, the film can be no longer than ten minutes in length and must contain at least 10% of the film coming from NASA-captured imagery and video collected throughout the agency’s 50-year history. NASA’s film and image archive is downloadable and can be accessed here. Once completed, entries must be submitted through There you will also find the challenge brief, instructions, and the submission form. Any entrant will also need to create a Tongal Account to enter.

The submission period opens June 1, 2017 and closes July 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm (your time zone). For more information on the CineSpace short film competition, rules and guidelines, plus how to submit, visit: Man, I am SO doing this. As a diehard space geek, how can I not?

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