NASA is returning to sponsor the third annual CineSpace competition, hosted by Richard Linklater and the Houston Cinema Arts Society. In the past, the competition has been for both younger and more established filmmakers to take NASA’s own space footage and put it to use in creating some pretty incredible short films. The only rules are that the film should be comprised of at least 10% NASA footage, and should run no longer than 10 minutes. Other than that, anything is on the table.
NASA recently released an archive of free information to the public, and among the materials was a collection of some seriously breathtaking space footage that’s available to any filmmaker who wants to use it in their project. Richard Linklater, director of Boyhood and the Before trilogy (as well as a Texas native and lifelong champion of young, independent directors), will be returning as a judge for this year’s competition. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize for future filmmaking endeavors. Second place wins $5,000, and third place gets $3,000.
The competition encourages creativity, so when we say that anything is on the table, we really mean anything. Comedy, drama, sci-fi, romance, horror, experimental, avant-garde, music video, documentary, and more are all valid genres for entry, and if you look at some of the competition’s past winners and runners-up, you’ll see that the only real limit in this case is your imagination. Below, you’ll see a handful of shorts that were featured in the 2015 CineSpace competition, and be sure to let us know if you end up submitting your film to this year’s festival!
Submissions will be accepted from June 1st through July 31st! You can get more information about the rules and regulations of the competition on the official CineSpace website.