NASA calls for entries for its CineSpace short film competition

Whether you’re an experienced filmmaker or an enthusiastic newbie, NASA invites everyone to enter this year’s CineSpace Short Film Contest.

Highlighted in a post on the International Space Station’s Twitter account on Sunday, the annual competition encourages creatives around the world to make a short film featuring footage from NASA’s own archives.

Filmmakers: submissions from @NASA-inspired films are open until July 15 for the 2022 CineSpace Short Film Competition organized by @cinemaHTX! 🎥 Visit for more details and enter via @Tongales:

— International Space Station (@Space_Station) May 15, 2022

Organized by NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society, entries for the competition are open through July 15, 2022.

Entries can be of any genre and on any topic and you can submit up to five different films. The length must not exceed 10 minutes and at least 10% of the film must use NASA stock footage.

“With more than 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,” the space agency said on the contest website.

“Using NASA imagery, we seek out films of any type and format – i.e. traditional narratives, experiential expressions, documentaries, comedies, dramas, animated plays, ambient visuals, music videos, remixes, VJ sets, even sci-fi or horror stories, and more. The main thing is that your short film is based on innovative and artistic storytelling , elicits an emotional response and exhibits mastery of directing, editing and/or animation.

Last year’s winner (below), Daydreamtells the story of a 30-year-old woman still living at home with her overbearing mother who escapes her oppressive life by creating an imaginary world in which she pretends to be an astronaut.

Its Belgium-based creators, Isil Bengi and Laurens Heijs, won a cash prize for their efforts, and the film was subsequently screened at film festivals across the United States, as well as in schools, museums and libraries – and even aboard the International Space Station.

Waking Dream (CineSpace 2021 First Place Winner) from the Houston Cinema Arts Society on Vimeo.

Finalists for NASA’s CineSpace Short Film Competition will be announced in October, and an awards ceremony will be held at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival the following month.

In addition to the Best Film award, an additional cash prize will be awarded to the creator of the film that best portrays the theme of diversity and inclusion, and another for an educational film that effectively inspires young people to join STEM ( science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

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