NASA’s Short Film Competition ‘CineSpace’: Prizes of Rs. 11.5 Lakh, Submit by July 31

By: Devita Shah | 03 May 2017 12:01 PM


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.

Films featuring NASA-captured imagery and video collected throughout the agency’s 50-year history will be judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail; the same hallmarks of spaceflight.

Works submitted to CineSpace will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to be shown to audiences both on and off Earth.

Who can participate?

The competition is open to all filmmakers, both professional and aspiring. Submissions of all genres, including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, experimental and others, up to 10 minutes running time, will be accepted. Entries must use at least 10 percent publicly available NASA imagery.

Academy Award-nominated director Richard Linklater once again will serve as the judge in selecting the finalists.

Guidelines and terms:

In general we are looking for Submissions that:

  • Are based on innovative artistic presentation and storytelling
  • Provoke an emotional response
  • Show a mastery of film making craftsmanship

CineSpace is open to all genres and styles including, but not limited to, experimental, narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, ambient, music videos, re-mix, sports, horror, and underground.


  • The Official Submission Portal  (“Submission Portal”) is now open on Tongal. Follow this link to read the brief and submit your short film.
  • All entries must be submitted no later than July 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm (your time zone).


  • Grand Prize: $ 10,000
  • Second Prize: $ 5,000
  • Third Prize: $ 3,000


Dan Huot, Johnson Space Center, Houston

Jonathan Babin
Houston Cinema Arts Society

For more information on CineSpace, competition guidelines and the submission process click here.


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