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.


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

How to Submit

CineSpace uses a submissions system managed by a NASA-contracted company named 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.

Selection Process

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” (Finalists), through a Selection Committee, which will screen at Houston Cinema Arts Festival (HCAF) in November 2016. Other screenings may also take place throughout the year. The screening at HCAF of CineSpace Finalists is referred to as the “Screening”. From the pool of Finalists, NASA judges (Competition Judges) will award prizes; the award-granting portion of CineSpace is referred to as the “Competition”.

Awards for CineSpace 2016 are as follows:

Competition Awards

• Grand Prize: USD 10,000
• Second Prize: USD 5,000
• Third Prize: USD 3,000

Special Judging Categories and Awards

• Film Best Depicting Benefits of Space to Humanity: USD 4,000 [more info]
• Film Best Depicting Spirit of Future Exploration of Space: USD 4,000 [more info]

All remaining finalists receive “Official Selection” mention.

Key Links

CineSpace16.org (main page with links to the following):
General Information
Guidelines & Terms
NASA Image Archive
Submissions Page (with links to the official submissions portal, which opens June 1, 2015)
Frequently Asked Questions
• Submissions Checklist [Coming Soon]
Houston Cinema Arts Festival Home Page

For inquiries, e-mail: cinespace@cinemartsociety.org