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Enter to Win – 2 Next50 Video Contests

Time is running out for videographers to submit their winning entries to two Next 50 video contests. Deadlines for Next 50 Innovation Video Contest and A Story Runs Through It Film Project are Saturday, Sept. 1. Both contests offer attractive prizes for winning entries. 

Next 50 Innovation Video Contest, sponsored by the Washington Economic Development Commission, seeks to capture the excitement and anticipation of future possibilities so prevalent in 1962. Suggested video topics include creative thought, scientific discoveries, entrepreneurs and business solutions. Contestants may highlight the advances that currently shape the way we live, work and play; or they may introduce new technological paradigms for approaching future opportunities.

Acceptable two-minute video submissions will be screened for public voting live and online during September’s Commerce and Innovation Economy Month. The creator of the winning video receives $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Seattle for two. Four runners-up will receive prizes of $1,000. A panel of subject matter and technical experts will serve as the final arbiters, judging video submissions on content, creativity, quality, imagination, entertainment and popularity. For contest information and rules, visit www.N50Contest.org.

A Story Runs through It, organized by Next 50 Civic Action Committee with support from Seattle International Film Festival, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Swedish, and MSN Postbox, aims to capture Seattle’s civic fabric, engage and train communities in the art of filmmaking as a means to develop their own future narratives, and establish closer ties between Seattle neighborhoods. Participants will develop short videos of up to three minutes, with minimum running time of at least 60 seconds.

 Citizens of all ages from the greater Seattle area are invited to participate in A Story Runs Through It.  Filmmakers may approach their topics through a variety of techniques including interviews with subjects, histories of events or locations, mythologies, fictions, examples of good works or local agents of change, and neighborhood needs or improvements. Filmmakers may also feature any region of the city, regardless of their residential address. Submission requirements, rules, prizes and more are available at the project’s website, www.thenextfifty.org /filmproject. For more information on the project, contact Karin Butler (Karin.butler@seattle.gov).