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Tuesday, 15 March 2022

CineSpace - Short Film Competition by NASA & Houston Cinema Arts Society

NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) opened submissions for the 2022 CineSpace International Short Film Competition on March 1, kicking off the eighth year of the film competition. The deadline for submissions closes July 15th, 2022 at noon PST. 

CineSpace, short film competition, is a collaboration between NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) that offers filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, actual NASA imagery.  Winners are announced and screened along with all finalists at the annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival which is held in November.


The Screenings and Competition is open only to natural persons who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry.  Parents and guardians of film makers younger than 18 can submit on their behalf.

How to Enter

There is no entry fee to submit to CineSpace. You may submit more than one original work.

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.

Submissions MUST contain at least 10% (based on total running time) of NASA video imagery.  More than 10% can be used and still photos can also be used in addition to the video imagery. This imagery may be obtained through the NASA IMAGE ARCHIVE or other publicly available means such as YouTube, etc.  For access to NASA still images please go to the JSC Digital Image Collection or the NASA Flickr page.

Each Submission must comply with the following rules:

It must be an original work by you (apart from the NASA imagery), meaning that you (or the minor you as a parent are submitting for) were one of the work’s principal creators and have the right to submit it to the Submissions Portal and grant the licenses set forth in Terms below.
It must have been created after January 1, 2018.
It must either be in the English language or have English subtitles (to the extent it contains dialogue or text).
It must be no longer than 10 minutes, including credits.
It must contain at least 10% (total time basis of actual work  – not including end credits) of NASA Video Imagery, which may be found on the NASA Archive or other publicly available sources. (NASA Imagery may be altered with After Effects or other techniques).
The submitted works may be uploaded to the Tongal website in HD 720p 16×9 with acceptable file formats: .mov, .avi, .mp4, .wmv, and acceptable codecs: H.264 (MP4), MPEG-4, H.263, MPGV, WMV, DivX.  Different original formats should be presented in a 720p sequence – formatted to your preference.
Cinespace screens all selections in 1080p format. Should you win, you will also be required to provide a 1080p .mov master file, using a ProRes, Animation, or Uncompressed Codec. Works created in other formats will be converted to 1080p and presented either letterboxed (wider formats) or pillarboxed (old 4:3 footage and others). To retain your own quality control we advise that you submit any alternative format footage in a 1080p sequence formatted as you wish.
If your film was created using a cell phone, please be advised that portrait cell phone footage is difficult to present on screen. It is highly recommended to shoot any video using a cell phone in the landscape or horizontal orientation unless the portrait effect is desired.
It must not be an excerpt from a longer work.
It must comply with all of the content restrictions set forth in Terms. Among other things, ANY USE OF THIRD PARTY MUSIC IN THE SUBMISSION MUST BE PRE-CLEARED WITH THE APPLICABLE OWNERS/LICENSORS.
You must have the right to grant the licenses set forth in Terms.

Competition Awards

Grand Prize: USD 10,000
Second Prize: USD 5,000
Third Prize: USD 3,000

Optional:  Special Judging Categories and Awards for

Film Best Depicting Innovation and Inclusion in Science and Technology: USD 4,000
Film Best Depicting Concept of “Moon, Mars and Beyond”: USD 4,000

Deadline July 15th, 2022

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