Still from Interstellar
Still from Interstellar

Film provides us with a perfect means of bringing the incredible majesty of the universe into the classroom or, in an even more immersive way, via the big-screen of a cinema. From George Méliès' classic A Trip To The Moon, through to modern instances like Gravity and Interstellar (all films set in space) together with other forms of science fiction, these are a superb way of exploring complex real-world issues. They also provide an imaginative route into exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects, which are an excellent pathway into working within the film industry.

Into Film: Into Space launched during World Space Week 2015, and provided a host of great free activities for 5-19 year-olds around the themes of space and exploration.

It included an exciting film competition in which participants will have their short films selected to be watched in outer space by British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake, during his mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS) - the first ever opportunity of its kind for young filmmakers.

Film submissions to Into Film: Into Space closed in February and we're delighted to announce those shortlisted to be watched by British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake, during his current mission. As we had an overwhelming number of great entries from the 5-11 age range, we are delighted that 4 films instead of 2, will be selected for Tim to watch from that category, with 8 films in total now making the journey up.

Below are all the films shortlisted to make the trip into space and their expert panel of judges, who will be choosing the final two from each age category.

5-11 age category


Nicky Cox (Editor, First News)

Nina Nannar (News Correspondent, ITV News)

Lisa Prime (Producer, Children's Events Programmer BAFTA)

Final films: Space to Imagine / Footsteps in Space / Out'a Space / Stranded

12-15 age category


Robin Ince (Broadcaster)

Libby Jackson (Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager, UK Space Agency)

Alok Jha (Science Correspondent, ITV)

Magda Wood (Head of Digital Content, TES)

Final films: To Infinity / Space Lift

16-19 age category


Dr Kevin Fong (Broadcaster and co-director of the Centre for Altitude, Space and Extreme environment medicine)

Lorraine Heggessey (Chair Grierson Trust & Advisor C4 Growth Fund, previously Controller of BBC1)

Col Needham (Founder, IMDb)

Final films: CecilRays Me Up

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