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Project Mars Competition

Create Films and Posters about NASA's Journey to Mars!

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $31,000
Type of Challenge: Creative (design & multimedia)
Partner Agencies | Non-federal: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Futuramic, Delaware North, Aerospace Industries Association, AllPoints LLC, Northrop Grumman, Jacobs
Submission Start: 05/01/2018 12:00 PM ET
Submission End: 08/31/2018 11:59 PM ET

This challenge is externally hosted.

You can view the challenge details here:


Shoot a Film. Make a Poster. Tell Your Story of NASA's Plans for Mars! Join NASA’s Orion and Space Launch Systems teams and SciArt Exchange in visualizing humans venturing into deep space, to the Moon and onward to Mars. Interested college students and early career professionals worldwide are invited to submit short films and posters about this mission, what astronauts may see, and their dreams for the future of exploration. Entries will be judged by notable film and graphics industry professionals including Gareth Edwards, the director of Rogue One; Mickey Fisher, writer and producer of National Geographic Mars; Joshua Grossberg, VP Creative of McCann NY, a world-renowned advertising agency; and NASA astronauts. Winning entries will be screened around the world at Opening Events at NASA visitor centers, NASA museum consortium members, and other interested venues in Fall 2018, as well as, during Follow-on Events throughout 2019. The top film will win $10,000 and the top poster will win $1500. In addition, Cinemark will feature the top winning film ahead of the First Man screening in October at over 200 theaters and display the top winning film and poster in their digital media. Get creative and submit your entries now! Entries must be submitted to Project Mars by August 31, 2018. Visit for details & signup to receive more information. For more about SciArt Exchange, visit


Film Awards
Cash Prize Amount: $25000
Grand Prize of $10K and 3 Judges' Prizes of $5K

Poster Awards
Cash Prize Amount: $6000
Grand prize of $1500, 2 Second Place of $1000, and 5 Third Place of $500


FILM SPECIFICATIONS Videos can be submitted as private Vimeo or YouTube links with NO password. 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. More information about How to Enter is here:

Judging Criteria

Production Quality & Aesthetics
Percentage: 20

Technical Skill
Percentage: 20

Percentage: 20

Story & Message of Final Product
Percentage: 20

Relevance to Competition Theme
Percentage: 20

How To Enter

Enter the Contest Here: Requested submission information will include: Key Point of Contact for entry School Name & Faculty/Staff Point of Contact and Contact Information (if applicable) Each Team Member’s Name and Contact Information Film or Poster Entry Title Statement of Originality - 400 words or less. Describe motivation, storyline, and/or messages of art, and provide credits for borrowed material. Signed Agreement form for EACH team member. For anyone under age 18, agreement must be signed by a parent or guardian. Vimeo or YouTube links for your film. Poster in PDF format. Reduce your poster size to 25mb before submitting.