Congratulations to our 2017 Cinespace Winners and Finalists!


Christian Stangl, Lunar

(Austria, 7:20 minutes)

In a process that took 18 months, this animated collage brings together thousands of original NASA photographs. Using different techniques, the artists bring the stills to life in a celebration of peaceful exploration.


Pedro de Filippis, Nadir

(Hungary, 9:17 minutes)

In an observatory in Budapest, a 55-year-old astrophysicist plans to go to the moon. In his small dome, the micro-universe turns into macro, giving life to his plans.


Shannan Leigh Reeve & Chelese Belmont, The Invisible Border

(California, USA, 9:35 minutes)

In the not so distant future, renown scientist and inexperienced astronaut Dr. Annie Tennant has beaten the odds and successfully returned home from an unprecedented solo space mission. During her first exclusive interview, the crucial importance of her journey and its emotional impact on her views of humanity are revealed.



Film Best Depicting the Benefits of Space to Humanity:

Alex Moreno, Apizaco

(Mexico, 7:36 minutes)

Without high-tech and with limited resources, a group of teenage girls from Apizaco, a small rural town in Mexico, learned math, science, and robotics together with the passion and dedication of their middle school teacher, and managed to win the top prizes at NASA’s Mars Trekker Global Teen Summit.

Film Best Depicting the Spirit of Future Space Exploration:

Jamie Drew, This New Sea

(United Kingdom, 3:11 minutes)

The case for space exploration as something essential to the human spirit, made passionately by the explorers themselves. A documentary straight from NASA’s archives.


 THANK YOU to our 2017 Cinespace Finalists!

 Jonathan Gracee, Eight-ball

(Australia, 2:53 minutes)

A routine night of bar pool turns into a tour of the cosmos.

Jacob Carlsson, The Great Portals of Cyberspace: Doomsday

(Sweden/France, 3:23 minutes)

An alien space ship in the form of a giant phone attacks earth, replicates and takes over people’s minds. The alien phones become portals to the cyberspace, through which they gain powers, enough to take over the entire universe. 

David Regos, I’m Here Now Somehow

(Germany, 10:00 minutes)

Aziz Dyab spent his teenage years growing up amidst the bombings and violence of the war in Syria. With no electricity at night, Aziz started taking an interest in space, watching the stars and constellations. He longed for a better, peaceful life. When he decided to escape, he used his knowledge of the stars to help navigate his way out of trouble.

Patrick Morgan, Miss Baker’s Ride

(UK, 6:45 minutes)

After a decade of launching monkeys into space, NASA had yet to return any alive and had fallen behind the Soviet Union in the race for space travel. This film is inspired by the true story of Miss Baker and Able, the first primates ever to return home safely from space.

Bill Sebastian, Planet, California

(USA, 10:00 minutes)

A husband buys his wife a planet for their anniversary. Five years later, they are surprised to find the national space agency at their door.

Jesse Vogelaar, The Space Between Us

(Australia, 8:10 minutes)

A jaded astronaut is left drifting alone in space. His only point of contact is a sarcastic helpline technician who has very little power to help him.

Daniela Clementi, To the Sky

(Chile, 9:58 minutes)

Elizabeth has Alzheimer’s Disease, and she is progressively losing her memory. To the Sky is a recommendation film/letter sent to the Sky, because she is ready to go there.

Vincent Wilson, Transmitter Receiver

(Canada, 8:59 minutes)

In order to escape the monotony and boredom of the end of the school year, a young boy fabricates a transceiver-receiver to communicate with strangers in the sky.



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 are announced and screened along with all finalists at the annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival which is held in November.

Finalists and Winners Previous Competitions

CineSpace 2016

CineSpace 2015


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