NASA CineSpace 2020 Short Film Competition

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • 01 Apr' 20 - 15 Nov' 20

  • Online

  • Free

Natural persons above 18 years of age


Music & Singing


USD $26,000 Cash Prize

Total Price


Team Size


Submit a ten (10) minute or less short film that is at least 10% comprised of actual NASA footage. Initial review copies may be uploaded to the Tongal submission form at HD 720p 16X9 with acceptable file formats: .mov, .mp4, .wmv,  and acceptable codecs: H.264 (MP4), MPEG-4. Be sure to keep track of the URLs that link to the NASA-owned footage you end up using in your film. We'll ask you for a reference log in the submission form.  

During this phase, submissions will be evaluated by the Jury. The Houston Cinema Arts Festival will announce the Finalists on or before October 15th, 2020, during the official announcement of their festival lineup. This is usually done via livestream. 

Finalists will work with the Tongal post-production team to deliver the assets required for the CineSpace screening and promotional materials. Around this time, Finalists will also receive their general festival laurels and will be put in touch with the festival's guest coordinator to make plans to attend the festival. Upon delivering final assets, Finalists will await prizing results to be announced during the CineSpace screening, which will take place sometime in mid-November (exact date TBD).

Competition Details :

Submit a short film inspired by, and using, actual footage from NASA's digital archives for a chance to earn cash prizes, have your film screened by renowned director Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Dazed and Confused), and get programmed into the Houston Cinema Arts Festival this November.

NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society are teaming up once again to host the annual CineSpace Short Film Competition, inviting filmmakers, editors, and animators from around the world to explore NASA's digital archives and create short films inspired by, and incorporating, real NASA footage. 

Films selected as "Finalists" will be screened at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival in November 2020, where a special ceremony will take place for attending filmmakers and the following awards will be announced during the screening

There is no entry fee to submit to CineSpace. You may submit up to 5 short films.


Submissions MUST contain at least 10% (based on total running time excluding 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. 


The Tongal (“Submission Portal”)  CineSpace Submission Phase is open from March 2, 2020 – July 15th, 2020 12:00 p.m PST.


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).
  • Click on the red "Submit Video" button at the top of page to access the submission form. 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 be selected as a Finalist for screening at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, 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. We'd like all master files to be in 23.97 FPS. If you need help with conversion, the Tongal team is here to help. 
  • 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.

If you have any issues accessing our submission page or with the submission process please contact

The video file that you submit must comply with Tongal’s recommended compression and uploading guidelines (see item 3 above for uploading instructions).

If your Submission is selected as a Finalist (as defined below), you must provide a high-resolution version upon CineSpace’s request.

Once you have submitted a work, it will not be returned. Submissions may be disqualified at any time for non-compliance with the Official Rules and Submitter’s Agreement. CineSpace makes the final determination as to which Submissions are eligible to take part in this Competition. NASA is the sole judge of the prizewinners. CineSpace will not notify you of any disqualification or the reasons for such disqualification.


Eligibility Criteria :

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.

Competition Stages :


Start Date: 2020-03-06T18:30:00Z

End Date: 2020-07-15T18:29:00Z


Start Date: 2020-09-30T18:30:00Z

End Date: 2020-10-15T18:29:00Z


Start Date: 2020-10-14T18:30:00Z

End Date: 2020-11-15T18:29:00Z

Important Dates :

15 Jul 2020

Registration Deadline

15 Nov 2020, 12 AM

Result Date & Time

Other Information :

Rewards and Prizes

Grand Prize: Cash Prize [Rs. USD $10,000]

Second Prize: Cash Prize [Rs. USD $5,000]

Third Prize: Cash Prize [Rs. USD $3,000]

Best Documentary: Cash Prize [Rs. USD $3,000]

Film That Best Depicts "20 Years of Humans on the International Space Station": Cash Prize [Rs. USD $4,000]

Best Film Using Exclusively NASA Archival Footage: Cash Prize [Rs. USD $1000]

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