CineSpace Short Film Competition

NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society have partnered up once again to host the 2019 CineSpace Short Film Competition. We are looking for filmmakers, editors, and animators with a passion for storytelling to create unique films for a chance to win cash prizes.
Professional and aspiring filmmakers, editors, and animators (at least 18 years of age) from all around the world are invited to participate and will have a chance to share their work inspired by real NASA footage that has been collected from over 50 years of space exploration!
Your short film will be judged on its creativity, innovation, and attention to detail – the hallmarks of spaceflight itself – with special guest judge Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Dazed & Confused) weighing in. Your films may showcase elements of space exploration and its benefits to humanity but are not required to focus on these areas to be selected as a winn
Who can enter ?
The Screenings and Competition (hereafter “Competition”) is offered and open only to natural persons who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Parents and guardians of filmmakers younger than 18 can submit on their behalf.
There is no entry fee to participate!
The competition is free to enter.
Deadline :  July 16th, 2019 12:00 p.m PST.
Who can enter
Submissions MUST contain at least 10% (based on total running time exluding credits) of NASA 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 ARCHIVE or other publicly available means such as YouTube, etc.
You may submit up to 5 short films.
To enter the Competition, you must:
Navigate to to access the Challenge Brief, Instructions, and the Submission Form. (You will need to log-in to, or create a Tongal Account to enter your submission).
 Upload your video to Tongal through the “Awards/Submit” tab of the project page. This will allow judges to view and download the submitted videos. Initial review copies of your works may be uploaded to the Tongal website at HD 720p 16X9 with acceptable file formats: .mov, .mp4, .wmv,  and acceptable codecs: H.264 (MP4), MPEG-4.  However, Cinespace screens all selections at the highest resolution, 1080p format. Should you win, you will also be required to provide a 1080p .mov master file, using a ProRes, Animation, or Uncompressed Codec. If your film is in any aspect ratio other than 16X9, you are responsible for adding in appropriate pillar boxes or letter boxes, so that the final file comes in at 1920X1080 without distorting your creative intent.  In addition, any non-English language works will be required to submit a version without subtitles and provide either an English subtitle transcript or SRT file with English subtitles – based on 1080p file.
    Fill out the required information on the Submission Form, and Agree to Terms in the Submitter’s Agreement.
CineSpace may use third parties such as Film Freeway for marketing and visibility but all Submissions must come through Tongal.
The video file that you submit must comply with Tongal’s recommended compression and uploading guidelines
If your Submission is selected as a Finalist , you must provide a high-resolution version upon CineSpace’s request.
The NASA judges will award the prizes listed below.
    Grand Prize: USD $10,000;
    Second Prize: USD $5,000;
    Third Prize: USD $3,000.
Special Categories:
    Best Documentary: USD $4,000;
    Film That Best Depicts “Humans in Space”: USD $3,500;
    Film using the most unusual or obscure Imagery from NASA: USD $500.
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