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NASA CineSpace 2020 Short Film Competition

NASA CineSpace 2020 Short Film Competition

NASA CineSpace 2020 Short Film Competition

About NASA CineSpace 2020 Short Film Competition

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. Submissions are due by Wednesday, July 15th at 12pm PT. To submit, make sure you’re signed into your Tongal account and click on the red ‘Submit Video’ button at the top of this page. The countdown clock for the submission deadline automatically adjusts to your timezone.


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 and 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 (see an up-to-date list here).


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 the following awards will be announced during the screening:


AWARDS: 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 JUDGING CATEGORIES AND AWARDS: In addition to the above awards, the Jury may also award three Special Category prizes. They are looking for submissions that elevate the featured themes using creative and original cinematic and/or storytelling techniques. If the jury feels that a submission meets these criteria, the submission may be considered for these awards. If no submissions sufficiently meet the criteria, these categories may not be awarded this year.


* Best Documentary: USD $3,000


Designated for best film in a documentary format using NASA imagery.


* Film That Best Depicts “20 Years of Humans on the International Space Station”: USD $4,000


Humans will have lived peacefully in space on the International Space Station continuously for 20 years this November; so it has been 20 years since all living human beings were together on one planet. This category is designated for the film that best captures: the accomplishments, over the past two decades, of the ISS’ peaceful global partnerships, its support for global space exploration, and the science and technology that benefited humanity, using the tenets of one or more of the global peace awards such as the Nobel Peace Prize, the Goi Peace Award, World Peace Prize, U Thant Peace Award and many others as applicable to the ISS experience.


* Best Film Using Exclusively NASA Archival Footage: USD $1000


Due to the changing landscape of collaborative filmmaking in this time of pandemic, there are many limitations on filmmakers’ abilities to shoot or acquire new footage and interface with production crews and talent. In response to these limitations, this new category recognizes editors, filmmakers, and multimedia experts who participate in Cinespace 2020 without acquiring new imagery. This award challenges filmmakers to take a deep dive into NASA’s archives and create short films using exclusively NASA archival footage. Filmmakers are encouraged to search for unusual or not commonly used footage. These archival films can include NASA audio and/or graphics from any publicly available sources and can span any genre.


If your original plans for your CineSpace submission(s) have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to take this time to reimagine your approach and find new ways to create as well as virtually collaborate with others. One way to connect with other CineSpace creators is by posting in our project forum. We’ve curated this gallery of past CineSpace finalist and winning films that showcase exceptional storytelling and originality using novel approaches and simple techniques that can be achieved at home using the tools you have at your disposal.


Please reference the prizing above as the Project Funding breakdown at the top of this page automatically lists the prizing numerically rather than by ranking or category.


Finalist films may also screen at other events across the country, shown on NASA TV, and on the International Space Station!


For more details refer the Official Website


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