NASA & Houston Cinema Arts Society ‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition for All Filmmakers: Videos Must Have at Least 10 Percent Publically Available NASA Imagery & Be Up to 15 Minutes (Total) Running Time: Submit Your Videos Before 11:59 p.m. EST on July 31, 2015Wed July 15, 2015
NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society offer filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, real NASA imagery through “CineSpace,” a new short film competition premiering at Houston Cinema Arts Festival, November 12-19, 2015.
Films featuring real NASA footage collected from over 50 years of its history will be judged on the creativity, innovation, and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of spaceflight.
NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society will choose Finalist or “Official Selections,” which will screen at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival in November 2015. Other screenings may also take place throughout the year. NASA judges will award prizes from the Finalist pool.
What We Are Looking For: We are considering short video, film, and digital-media submissions of 15 minutes or less and are seeking works of all genres, formats, and styles including but not limited to narrative, documentary, humorous, dramatic, animation, experimental, ambient, music videos, re-mix, sports, horror, and underground.
We are looking for Submissions that
Are based on innovative artistic presentation and storytelling.
Provoke an emotional response.
Show a mastery of filmmaking craftsmanship.
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 Archives or other publicly available means such as YouTube or other.
Top prize for this competition is $10,000 USD.
Submission period: June 1, 2015 through July 31, 2015.
More information can be found on cinespace15.org, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries will be competing for a total of $26,000 in prizes, with cash awards going to the top three submissions and the two films chosen that best depict the themes of “Benefits to Humanity from the International Space Station” and “Spirit of Future Exploration of Space.”
CineSpace is a new and untested chance to inspire the next generation of explorers. This unique opportunity allows others to help tell the story of humanity’s place in the cosmos as they see it, with the help of NASA’s vast library of moving and still imagery. Exploration and discovery, which are central to NASA’s mission, are as connected to human psyche as is art, so we are excited to see how artists can help to communicate that mission.
Michael Suffredini, International Space Station Program manager
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 film makers younger than 18 can submit on their behalf.
- THIS COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
All genres will be considered for all prizes.
The Selection Committee and Competition Judges (collectively the “Jury”) understand that various genres and formats have different dominant qualities. The Jury will consider the following to select finalists and 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 craftsmanship?
- Does the work exemplify creative excellence that pushes the boundaries of filmmaking and storytelling?
- Does the work show a high level of technical, conceptual, and aesthetic innovation and display an exceptional level of creative vision.
- Does the work show an exemplary use of the original NASA material used?
- Does the work show an exceptional level of creative vision and execution?
- Does the work capture a creative expression?
- Does the work explore new ideas or techniques to further filmmaking as an art form?
- Does the work offer a fresh perspective?
Considerations for Special Criteria
In general, The Jury is looking for Submissions that elevate the featured themes using creative and original cinematic and/or storytelling techniques.
“Film Best Depicting Benefits to Humanity from the International Space Station”
The Jury will use the following NASA statement as a guide: “Through advancing the state of scientific knowledge of our planet, looking after our health, and providing a space platform that inspires and educates the science and technology leaders of tomorrow, these benefits will drive the legacy of the space station as its research strengthens economies and enhances the quality of life here on Earth for all people. This Special Award is for the submission that best captures and communicates this message.”
“Film Best Depicting Spirit of Future Exploration of Space.”
The Jury will use the following NASA statement as a guide: “Exploration and pioneering have inspired and shaped civilizations since the dawn of history. Such endeavors are distinguishing characteristics of an advancing civilization. The U.S. and NASA have figured prominently in this story. As nations explore, they discover, innovate, prosper, lead— and become great. NASA missions, both robotic and human, expand the knowledge of our planet, our solar system, and the universe, leading to the expansion of mankind itself from the Earth to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. This Special Award is for the submission that best captures and communicates this message.”
- Grand Prize: USD 10,000
- Second Prize: USD 5,000
- Third Prize: USD 3,000
Special Judging Categories and Awards for
- Film Best Depicting Benefits to Humanity from the International Space Station: USD 4,000
- Film Best Depicting Spirit of Future Exploration of Space: USD 4,000
All remaining finalists receive Official Selection mention.
All Finalists will be “CineSpace 2015 Official Selections” and their works will screen at Houston Cinema Arts Festival November 12-19, 2015. The Finalists’ works will also be posted on the HCAS (Houston Cinema Arts Society) website and various NASA websites. Subsequent screenings may take place at special events throughout the remaining year and a compilation of the finalist may be submitted for screening in its entirety to other collaborating film festivals internationally. All Finalists will be notified of website posts and all screenings.
The following video presents Cinespace15 Short Film Contest:
Deadline to Enter: July 31, 2015
NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society will offer filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by and using actual NASA imagery through “CineSpace,” a new short film competition premiering at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, November 12 – 19, 2015.
Films featuring real NASA footage collected from 50 years of exploring the universe will be judged on the same creativity, innovation and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of spaceflight. Works will compete for cash prizes and other recognition and the opportunity to be shown to audiences both on and off the Earth.