Anchored by a new partnership with NASA, Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) will present CineSpace Day at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival  on Nov. 13, 7:00 PM at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) with guest appearances by Andrew and Luke Wilson presenting their short film Satellite Beach, screenwriters William Broyles, Jr. and Al Reinert with a 20th anniversary screening of Apollo 13, and NASA astronaut Don Pettit with the inaugural CineSpace short film competition award screening.

The competition drew 194 entries from 22 countries and 32 states. Academy Award-nominated director, producer and screenwriter Richard Linklater – a Houston native who won best director honors at the 2015 Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards for his film Boyhood –  helped NASA and HCAS judge the contest entries. Prize money is 1st Place $10,000, 2nd Place $5,000 for 2nd place and $3,000 for 3rd place.  Two additional categories will be awarded $4,000 each for “Film Best Depicting Benefits to Humanity from the International Space Station” and “Film Best Depicting Spirit of Future Exploration of Space.” The winners will be announced at the end of the screening of all of the 16 finalists.  Tickets for the screening are on sale now at this link.

The finalist are (alphabetical order):

A Little Journey
Lisset Mendoza
Anaheim, CA

As We Set Sail
Lee Arter
Los Angeles, CA

Come Closer
Amia Yokoyama
Los Angeles, CA

End of the Sky
Elijah Alvarado

General Astronomy
Victoria Taylor-Gore
Amarillo, TX

Gravitation: Variation in Time and Space
Andrei Severny
New York, NY

Guiding Light
Guy Shahaf
Yehud, Israel

Higher Ground
Mary Magsamen and Stephen Hillerbrand
Houston, TX

Benjamin Eck
Sherman Oaks, CA

Is It Possible To Define Inspiration?
Courtney Robinson
Grimsby, Lincolnshire

Le Voyage
Alexandre B. Lampron
Laval, Quebec

Mission Avante
Fernando Dueñas Peña
Bogota Colombia

Outer Space
Sander van de Berg
Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland

Red Pearl
Molly Vernon
League City, TX

Trent Jaklitsch
Brooklyn, NY

Daniel Land
Detroit, Michigan