Submission are invited for NASA CineSpace Short Film Competition 2021. The last date of application submission is 14 July 2021.
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.
About NASA CineSpace Short Film Competition 2021
The competition offers creators around the world a chance to share their films inspired by and using NASA imagery, enabling curiosity and fostering creative relationships at the intersection of art and science. Submissions featuring real NASA footage from 60 years of space exploration will be judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail.
As in previous years, filmmakers will compete for $26,000 in cash prizes, with awards going to the top three overall winners and winners of two special categories: Best Educational Film on Space and Science and Film That Best Depicts Unity and Inclusion in Science.
Filmmakers of all experience levels from around the world are welcome to submit their films for consideration. The competition is inclusive of all genres, including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, experimental and others.
Films will be submitted to the content creation platform Tongal. Film entries must be no more than 10 minutes and contain at least 10 percent of publicly available NASA imagery. Finalists are selected from the submissions and reviewed by Academy Award ® nominee Richard Linklater who awards the first, second, and third place prizes.
The Screenings and Competition (hereafter “Competition”) is offered and open only to natural persons who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Parents and guardians of filmmakers younger than 18 can submit on their behalf.
The following persons are not eligible to win prizes: employees of NASA, Houston Cinema Arts Society (hereafter “HCAS”) and their Board, employees of vendors to NASA or HCAS that have contracted to provide services to or in connection with the Competition, members of the Selection Committee, the Competition judges, and members of the households of the foregoing persons (collectively, the “Competition Parties”).
- Open Date: March 1, 2021
- Close Date: July 14, 2021 at 2 p.m. CDT
- The competition is inclusive of all genres, including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, experimental and others. Films will be submitted to the content creation platform Tongal.
- There is no entry fee to submit to CineSpace. You may submit up to 5 short films.
The Jury will consider the following criteria to select Finalists and award Winners:
- Is the work based on innovative artistic presentation and storytelling?
- Does the work provoke an emotional response?
- Does the work show a mastery of filmmaking?
- Does the work show a high level of technical, conceptual, and aesthetic innovation and display an exceptional creative vision?
- Does the work show an exemplary use of the original NASA material used?
- Extra credit for using unusual or obscure NASA imagery that hasn’t been used before.
The Selection Committee and Competition Judges (collectively the “Jury”) will award the following prizes:
- Grand Prize: USD $10,000
- Second Prize: USD $5,000
- Third Prize: USD $3,000
- Special Categories: Educational Film That Best Highlights Impacts of Space and Science: USD $4,000 & Film That Best Depicts Unity and Inclusion in Science: USD $4,000
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