NASA Tournament Lab


CineSpace 2016

A short film competition offering filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, actual NASA imagery.
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Challenge Overview

CineSpace is a collaboration between NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) that offers filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, actual NASA imagery through “CineSpace,” a short film competition. Winners will be announced and screened along with all finalists at Houston Cinema Arts Festival, November 10-17, 2016.

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.

What We Are Looking For:
We are considering short video, film, and digital-media submissions of 10 minutes or less and are seeking works of all genres and styles including but not limited to experimental, narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, 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, etc.

The resolution of submitted works may be created in Standard Definition or High Definition format, however, Cinespace screens all selections in 1080p format. If your film was not created in 1080p format, you must convert it to 1080p prior to submitting.


Competition Opens at 12:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time on June 1, 2016.
Submissions Deadline is 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on July 31, 2016.
View the complete schedule on the Timeline page.


The Official Guidelines and Terms of Agreement to enter CineSpace 2016 are here: Guidelines and Terms.



CineSpace uses a submissions system managed by HeroX. By submitting your film to CineSpace you enter into an Agreement with HeroX. Please refer to the Terms in Section II of the Guidelines and Terms page for easy reference. The official Submitter Agreement found on the Guidelines and Terms is the official Terms that you will sign for each work you submit.


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 Finalists or “Official Selections” through a joint Selection Committee.  From the pool of Finalists, Judge Richard Linklater will select the competition winners.

All Finalists and Winners will be screened at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival (HCAF) in November 2016.  They may also be screened at other film festivals around the country throughout the year, as well as by NASA to its audiences.

Awards for CineSpace 2016 are as follows:


• Grand Prize: USD 10,000

• Second Prize: USD 5,000

• Third Prize: USD 3,000


• Film Best Depicting Benefits of Space to Humanity: USD 4,000

• Film Best Depicting Spirit of Future Exploration of Space: USD 4,000

All remaining finalists receive “Official Selection” mention.


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