Space is pretty — NASA has been taking pictures of it for 50 years — and much of their imagery is public domain. Houston Cinema Arts Festival has partnered with the space agency to sponsor a contest for short films using it. The CineSpace Film Competition offers filmmakers a chance to share works using NASA imagery to win fame and $26,000 in cash money.
The competition is open to all filmmakers, both professional and aspiring. Submissions of all genres, up to 15 minutes running time, will be accepted. Entries must use at least 10 percent publically available NASA imagery.
The submission period is June 1 – July 31. Winners will be announced at a CineSpace event during the 7th Annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Nov. 12-19, 2015. Awards will go to the top three films and the two others that best depict the themes of “Benefits to Humanity from the International Space Station” and the “Spirit of Future Exploration of Space.” NASA reserves the right to use submitted films for its own purposes.