The Houston Cinema Arts Festival, an eight-day, multi-venue event, opens this weekend.

The festival, which runs through November 17, includes more than 50 narrative and documentary films, an interactive video-installation gallery, live multimedia performances, panel discussions, “Meet the Makers” workshops and free outdoor and student field-trip screenings.

The most recent festival initiative is CineSpace, a collaboration between NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society, which offers filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by and using actual NASA imagery.

CineSpace is a new short film competition that premiered at last year’s Houston Cinema Arts Festival.