Past Event
Visual and Dramatic Arts
Saturday, November 16
CineSpace 2019

About the Event

CineSpace, a short film competition, is a collaboration between NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society that offers filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, actual NASA imagery. Filmmakers are asked to make a short film, of 10 mins or less duration, that contains at least 10% footage from the NASA Archives. This event showcases the work of finalists for this competition, and at the end of the event a winner will be announced.

Apollo 11

Directed by Gabriela Iancu

Romania, 2019, 7 minutes

From director Gabriela Iancu comes a documentary that celebrates the dedication of NASA’s space program to the successful landing of the first man on the Moon in July 1969, and the values that contributed to this historic moment: science, expertise, ingenuity, and hope. Drawn from thousands of hours of footage and original audio recordings from NASA’s archives, we witness the Apollo 11 mission to land on the Moon. The cinematic event unfolds from sunrise on launch day to splashdown with immersive sound design.


Directed by Joseph Diaz

United States, 2019, 4 minutes 36 seconds

When a young man is rejected by his lover with the words “I just need space”, he endeavors to reach the stars to win back her heart. D I Z Z Y follows Tim Atlas’ pursuit as he creates a DIY, bootstrapping space campaign. On his journey, he meets an ally on the very same quest, perhaps even for the very same reason.

7 Planets

Directed by Milda Baginskaite

Lithuania, 2018, 6 minutes 43 seconds

A great discovery regarding seven Earth-sized planets near our solar system has been made. This is a story about one girl’s lifelong obsession with the discovery and her struggle to be understood.

Homo Sapiens in Space

Directed by Damien Donnelly

Ireland, 2019, 3 minutes 34 seconds

Join me, Fredrick Atom-Burger on an extraordinary adventure where we’ll be observing Homo Sapiens (Humans) in their newest habitat: The International Space Station. We will be exploring a day-in-the-life of these rare Homo Sapien Astronauts in Space. Inspired by NASA’s extraordinary achievements, this piece pays homage to modern documentary makers and their power of storytelling. Onwards and upwards!

Lift Off

Clement Oberlin

France, 2019, 4 minutes 14 seconds

At first, we see the “fiat lux” and the birth of humanity. Then the emancipation by lift-off and the search for contact with another world. Finally, we understand that the light rushing into the universe is the whole of humanity. Lift Off is about the curiosity and desire of humanity to go further. Our curiosity has enabled us to explore the farther reaches of space and continue to overcome barriers that cross our way. Curiosity is the key to taking us further and opening up possibilities.

Mack Minded: Humanly Possible

Directed by Susan Carol Davis

United States, 2019, 8 minutes 26 seconds

Before the acronym STEM even existed, Dr. Pauline Beery Mack, Texas Woman’s University professor in the 1950s-1970s, pioneered in the quest for knowledge in science, technology and statistical research. Her advances in bone density provided NASA invaluable information for manned spaceflight, earning Mack a Silver Snoopy award presented by Astronaut Jim Lovell in 1970, a time when women scientists were rarely recognized among their male peers.

NASA 1991 Youth Recruitment Reel

Directed by Juan Pablo Jaramillo

United States, 2018, 1 minute 58 seconds

A fictional “lost” NASA recruitment reel from the year 1991 while the STS (space shuttle) program was in full swing; the campy short captures the joy of NASA employees working and supporting the shuttle from the ground, as well as astronauts operating the shuttle during liftoff, low Earth orbit, and landing. Nearly all shots are carefully constructed using archival references combined with modern-day footage, using visual effects to remaster existing archival videos and finally recorded to a 23-year-old VHS tape.

Nomadic Cloud

Directed by Wai Ching Cheng and Zhuoneng Wang

China, 2018, 4 minutes 59 seconds

From the point of view of a small robot, this video seeks to tell the story starting from the launch of the SLS to the future city of Mars. Our habitat, the Nomadic Cloud, will accommodate a NASA crew of four, who will be the first humans ever to step foot on Mars. Our habitat is a movable lightweight structure that can be used as exploration equipment as well as a living space.

Postcards from Miss Universe

Directed by CG Foisy

United States, 2018, 7 minutes 55 seconds

Postcards from Miss Universe is a short documentary that recounts the story of the Pioneer Plaque. Taking cues from an expert narrator, and making use of official NASA mission reports and archival media, the film questions the nature of human self identity and the legacies of this grand, galactic project. What can we learn from this human communication across space and time?


Directed by Çagri Surhay Kiliç

Turkey, 2018, 3 minutes 45 seconds

Science and discovery heavily relies on imagination. So, we had a little help from children, whose imaginations are limitless. We interviewed children from 5 different countries and asked them “What do you think about space?”. Then they gave us their drawings of their dreams of space. We then brought their dreams to life, with the use of CGI. That is why our film is called “Somnium”, which means “dream” in Latin.

Space Orchestra

Directed by Fatima Zahra el Yazghi

Morocco, 2019, 4 minutes 56 seconds

Space is mysterious, luminous and deep, but the sounds it emits are all the more mysterious. As humans, we are accustomed to the sounds we consume daily, but once immersed in the sounds made by planets, the stars and all of space, we are quickly taken by the unknown. One day, I surprised my son by playing the conductor of the planets, imagining that they can dance and sing. I took out my instruments and here is the result.

Space TV

Directed by Dan Brown, Graeme Mackenzie-Owne, Dave Walters

United Kingdom, 2019, 3 minutes 43 seconds

Ever been undecided about what to watch on TV? Two alien creatures channel-surf through the best and most bizarre TV stations the galaxy has to offer.

The Most Ideal Place

Directed by David Regos

Spain, 2019, 9 minutes 52 seconds

When preparations were being made for the historic Apollo 11 moon mission, three space stations around the globe were needed to keep track of the spaceflight. One was in California, one in Australia, and the third was in an unknown sleepy village in the middle of Spain. “The Most Ideal Place” shows the crucial role that the town of Fresnedillas played in July 1969. This documentary tells the story of the local Spaniards who unexpectedly became an important part of this monumental event.

The Only Home We Will Ever Know

Directed by Matthew Pomerantz

United States, 2019, 3 minutes 11 seconds

On February 14th, 1990, one picture made us all feel small again. From over 6 billion kilometers away, Nasa’s Voyager I Probe turned back from where it had once come and snapped an iconic image of all of us, together, shrunken down to nearly the size of a pixel – The Pale Blue Dot. Astrophysicist Carl Sagan personifies this image, encapsulating the sublime, the vastness of outer space, and the creations of the human race. Our differences are meaningless, and our only true hope for today are the innovations of yesterday and tomorrow.


Directed by Coleman Mason and Nikole Pryor

United States, 2019, 8 minutes 43 seconds

Mission Specialist Laelynn Stewart has been fascinated with the unknown all of her life. The mission to Vindold, the rogue planet that fell into the orbit of our solar system, takes a turn when a strange noise is heard. She argues with Bryson about the potential of the icy planet. A catastrophic storm hits and reveals unearthly secrets.


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