June 20, 2016

NASA and Richard Linklater Want You to Make a Short Out of Space Footage

The winning entries could nab a stellar $26,000 in prizes. 

NASA (yes, that NASA) and the Houston Cinema Arts Society have teamed up to organize a contest that is pretty out of this world. The short film competition, CineSpace, offers filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by—and created with—actual NASA imagery. That gives you quite a bit to work with— 50 years' worth of universe exploration, to be precise.

Not that you'll even need that much footage; submissions are only required to feature at least 10% of NASA video imagery. The imagery may be obtained through the NASA Image Archives or other publicly available means, such as YouTube.

NASA is looking for short video, film, and digital media submissions of 10 minutes or less. The shorts can be of any genres or style, including but not limited to experimental, narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, ambient, music videos, remix, sports, horror, and underground.

From NASA's website:

Films 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.

Richard Linklater judging your space video? Far out.

And here's what you can win:

Competition Awards

• Grand Prize: USD $10,000

• Second Prize: USD $5,000

• Third Prize: USD $3,000

Special Awards

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

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

Users are asked to submit through the HeroX submissions platform, which can be found right here. The deadline for submission is July 31.     

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For anyone wondering: july 31st is the submission deadline.
The contest is open to all filmmakers on planet earth :-)

June 20, 2016 at 5:24PM

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WalterBrokx
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Lacrimosa, Lacrimosa, Lacrimoooosa

June 21, 2016 at 4:35AM

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Terma Louis
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Best science information.

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June 21, 2016 at 11:56PM

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komban
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Everything Nasa has ever put out is fake. Filmmakers need to make art about OUR reality not theirs. Search 'flat earth clues'. NASA IS A FRAUD

June 22, 2016 at 12:09AM, Edited June 22, 12:20AM

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Well then, bug off...one less to worry about.

June 24, 2016 at 2:46PM

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Donald Meyers
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Hey Aaron,...
You like your Microwave oven?
That's NASA.
What about Velcro?
NASA too.
Freeze dried foods? Digital cameras?
Look, this list could go on for pages,... but the point is, if you believe NASA is a Fraud, then give up every piece of technology you use that NASA helped develop, you can go back to living a subsistence level existence with no better then 1950's level foods, education and medicine.
We'll just stay here in the modern age, enjoying the enlightenment provided by science.

June 30, 2016 at 2:14PM

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Stewart Fairweather
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February 3, 2018 at 1:25AM

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