NASA – Houston Cinema Arts Society – Short Film Competition 2018

If video editing is your child’s hobby, then here is a chance for your kid to win prestigious prizes. Yes, that’s right.

Participate in the CineSpace, short film competition.

This is 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.

What’s great is that winners are announced and screened along with all finalists at the annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival which is held in November.


The Screenings and 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 film makers younger than 18 can submit on their behalf.

Cine Space Film Competition 2018

The last date for submission of your audiovisual work is July 31, 2018.

The entries will be judged between August 1 and September 15, 2018. Award winners and Finalist will be notified on or before October 31, 2018.

There is no entry fee to submit to CineSpace. You may submit more than one original work.


Submissions MUST contain at least 10% (based on total running time) of NASA video 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.


Where to submit?

To submit your video you will need to log-in or create a Tongal Account to enter your submission.

Currently, the Tongal Video Submission Phase (“Submission Portal”) is OPEN NOW with a deadline of 23:59 (11:59 pm)  July 31, 2018 (any time zone).

It must be an original work by you (apart from the NASA imagery), meaning that you (or the minor you as a parent are submitting for) were one of the work’s principal creators and have the right to submit it to the Submissions Portal.

The language must either be in the English or have English subtitles (to the extent it contains dialogue or text).

Duration of the film should not be longer than 10 minutes, including credits.

It must contain at least 10% (total time basis of actual work  – not including end credits) of NASA Video Imagery, which may be found on the NASA Archive or other publicly available sources. (NASA Imagery may be altered with After Effects or other techniques).

The submitted works may be uploaded to the Tongal website. If your film is created using a cell phone, you should remember that portrait cell phone footage is difficult to present on screen. Therefore you must shoot any video using a cell phone in the landscape or horizontal orientation unless the portrait effect is desired.

Key Points to Note

  • CineSpace is looking for videos that are based on innovative artistic presentation and storytelling
  • Audio-visual that can provoke an emotional response
  • Show a mastery of filmmaking craftsmanship
  • For more information and access to NASA still images please go to CineSpace

CineSpace is open to all genres and styles including, but not limited to, experimental, narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, ambient, music videos, re-mix, sports, horror, and underground.