ENTRIES DUE AUGUST 2018

NASA is leading the next steps of human space exploration in the vicinity of the Moon and on toward Mars. When astronauts venture to Mars, what will they see? How will they feel? What will they experience? What will they do? Project Mars invites college students and early career professionals to learn about NASA’s deep space endeavors, including the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System rocket and deep space gateway concept, and create their visualization of what this expedition may look like.

SHOOT A FILM

Bring your interpretation of NASA’s work to send humans to Mars to life through breathtaking cinematography, amazing animations and state-of-the-art special effects. You have up to 5 minutes to tell an inspiring story about a 9-month trek to the Red Planet, so captivating creativity is a must! The winning short film will be selected by a team of film and graphic design industry judges including Gareth Edwards, director of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

MAKE A POSTER

Recruit brave astronauts for a daring mission, promote space tourism for the adventurous, or depict the next generation of space systems that will transport new world explorers to Mars. The sky is not the limit when you design a poster for the deep space journey, so reach out to infinity and beyond for creative ideas. The winning poster will be selected by a team of film and graphic design industry judges including Joshua Grossberg, creative director of McCann New York.

THE CONTEST

SHOOT A FILM. MAKE A POSTER.
TELL YOUR STORY OF NASA’S PLANS FOR MARS!

In collaboration with NASA, SciArt Exchange presents Project Mars Competition: your chance to tell the story of human exploration of deep space.

NASA’s exploration missions will help build a flexible, reusable and sustainable infrastructure that will last multiple decades and support missions of increasing complexity to enable missions to Mars. Orion is NASA’s new spacecraft that will take astronauts to the Moon and beyond to make new discoveries about our solar system and unlock the mysteries of our own planet Earth.

Orion will launch from a modernized Kennedy Space Center in Florida on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket in the world, capable of launching and carrying habitation, propulsion and logistics modules for a proposed deep space gateway, as well as landers, rovers and other surface systems that will be needed for a Martian voyage.

ENTRY
DEADLINE

AUGUST 31
2018

CONTEST
JUDGING

SEPTEMBER
2018

WINNERS
NOTIFIED

OCTOBER
2018

OPENING
NIGHT

TBD

FILM SPECIFICATIONS

Videos can be submitted as private Vimeo or YouTube links. Winning entries will need to be provided at the following settings:

  • Duration: 2 to 5 minutes
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Frame rates: 29.97, 24, or 25
  • Bitrate: 20Mbs
  • Codec: H.264
  • Sound Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio sample rate: 48 KHz
  • Audio bitrate: 320 kbps

POSTER SPECIFICATIONS

Posters should be submitted as PDF Files optimized for on screen viewing. Winning entries will need to be provided as full resolution printable files.

  • Standard on sheet size of 27" x 41"

  • Raster images may be used for poster elements. Images should be no smaller than 150 dpi. Rasterized typography should be 300 dpi or greater.

  • All fonts should be converted to outlines prior to submission.

NASA RESOURCES

You may use NASA images, videos, and 3D models in your projects:

THE JUDGES

GARETH EDWARDS

Film Director
STAR WARS, GODZILLA, MONSTERS

JOSHUA GROSSBERG

VICE PRESIDENT CREATIVE
McCANN, NEW YORK

NICOLE STOTT

FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT
ARTIST, EDUCATOR

BOBAK FERDOWSI

REAL ROCKET SCIENTIST
NASA JET PROPULSION
LABORATORY

MICKEY FISHER

WRITER & PRODUCER
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MARS,
EXTANT ON SYFY NETWORK

SAMANTHA CHRISTOFORETTI

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
ASTRONAUT

TIM DODD

PHOTOGRAPHER & SPACE EVANGELIST
@EVERYDAYASTRONAUT ON
INSTAGRAM

THE PRIZES

PROJECT MARS THANKS OUR SPONSORS FOR SUPPORTING THIS COMPETITION!

BOEING
LOCKHEED MARTIN
DELAWARE NORTH
FUTURAMIC

ALL POINTS LOGISTICS
ORBITAL ATK
JACOBS

FILM

Three prizes will be awarded in the film category:

$10,000 Grand Prize
$5,000 Judge’s Prize
$5,000 Judge’s Prize

POSTER

Eight prizes will be awarded in the poster category:

1 X $1,500 FIRST PLACE
2 X $1,000 SECOND PLACE
5 X $500 THIRD PLACE