NASA CineSpace 2020 Short Film Competition
Organized by NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Festival
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Grand Prize: USD $10,000
Second Prize: USD $5,000
Third Prize: USD $3,000
Three Special Category Prizes totaling USD $8,000
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 us 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. In addition to cash prizes for top short films, 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 all awards will be announced.