NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society once again are counting down to an event in the heart of Space City, Houston, which blends science, art and cinema.

The third annual CineSpace short film competition is set for this year’s Houston Cinema Arts Festival on Friday, Nov. 10, at the Rice Media Center in Houston. The competition is made possible by a partnership between NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society.

The event will include a presentation of the top 13 entries, selected from almost 700 submissions representing 55 countries. NASA and Houston-born director Richard Linklater selected the winners. Cash awards will go to the top three submissions, as well as the two films that best demonstrate the themes “Benefits of Space to Humanity” and “Future Space Exploration.”

The Houston Cinema Arts Society is a non-profit organization created in 2008 that organizes and hosts the annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival, which features films and new media by and about artists in the visual, performing and literary arts. The Seventh Annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival will take place Nov. 12-19, 2015.

NASA’s journeys into air and space continue to power inspiration that encourages future generations to explore, learn and build a better future. Humanity has used the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives and safeguard our future. The next decade of exploration will be a time of rapid technological advancement and innovation as humanity stands poised to make the journey to Mars.

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