Space City is a major theme at this year's upcoming Houston Cinema Arts Festival. Thanks to a new partnership with NASA for the inaugural CineSpace short film competition, the Nov. 12-19 festival will feature more than 20 space-themed films and programs, highlighted by "CineSpace Day" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on Friday, Nov. 13.

CineSpace day will include a presentation by NASA astronaut Don Pettit of the top entries to the competition, along with an announcement of the five winners - selected by Houston-born director Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and NASA.

CineSpace Day also will feature:

  • Texas natives Luke Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Old School) and Andrew Wilson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) presenting their short film Satellite Beach 
  • A 20th anniversary screening of Apollo 13 with Academy Award-nominated screenwriters William Broyles, Jr. , a Houston native, and Al Reinert with Jeffrey Kluger 
  • TIME Magazine's A Year in Space documentary series that follows astronaut Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station
  • Apollo XVIII, a video installation by visual artist Marco Brambilla (Demolition Man, Kanye West's Power music video) 

Throughout the festival, guests can also head to the She Works Flexible gallery in the Montrose neighborhood for the "Cinema on the Verge" CineSpace Art Exhibition. The display will feature five artists who explore space through video, photography, animation and drawing.

Finally, Aurora Picture Show will join the festival in hosting Kidlat Tahimik, "the father of the new Filipino cinema," whose character in the two films he will present aspires to build a Third World competitor to NASA. Aurora's screening of Tahimik's 1977 classic The Perfumed Nightmare (Nov. 13) will be supplemented with a live performance and an installation by the director, and Who Invented the Yoyo? Who Invented the Moon Buggy? (1979) at She Works Flexible (Nov. 14). 

The full lineup for the 2015 Houston Cinema Arts Festival (HCAF15) will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 20. For more information on CineSpace, visit