Submit a short film in the NASA Cinespace Short Film Competition 2021 and be among the lucky contestants to go home with mouth watering cash prizes.

Application Deadline: July 14 2021


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  • Grand Prize: USD $10,000
  • Second Prize: USD $5,000
  • Third Prize: USD $3,000
  • Special Category Prize: USD $4,000


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About the NASA Cinespace Short Film Competition

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. Using NASA imagery, we’re looking for films of any type and any format – that means traditional narratives, experimental expressions, documentaries, comedies, dramas, animated pieces, ambient visuals, music videos, re-mixes, VJ sets, even sci-fi or horror stories, and more.

The key thing is that 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.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Deadline for application is July 14, 2021.

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 and 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. While some footage is iconic, the judges also appreciate seeing material that has not been used in previous competitions. NASA-owned imagery may be sourced from the NASA archives or any publicly available source. 

Films selected as “Finalists” will be screened at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival in November 2021, where a special ceremony will take place for attending filmmakers and all awards will be announced.

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