A Story Runs Through It

Next Fifty: Civic Action | A Story Runs Through It

Tell Your Story

Every neighborhood has many stories to tell. A Story Runs Through It is a celebration of Seattle’s diverse communities through video storytelling. Seattle-area residents of all ages are invited to submit shot videos that tell a tale from their own neighborhoods and communities. The focus is on sharing stories more than technique: This Next Fifty project aims to capture stories about Seattle’s civic fabric, engage and train communities in the art of filmmaking as a means to develop their own future narratives, and to establish closer ties between Seattle neighborhoods.

Click here to see our promotional video for the project!
Click here to see an example of a short film telling one neighborhood story.

Entering is simple. Here are the guidelines:

Competition Guidelines

The first phase of A Story Runs Through It encompasses the theme "Know Thyself" and should focus on a story or stories from your own Seattle-area neighborhood. Participating films are eligible to move on to the second phase, “Know Thy Neighbor”, in which films will be shared and created between neighborhoods. Selected participants will receive modest cash awards and the opportunity to screen their videos at a celebration during the Next Fifty’s Civic Action month in October and at other Next Fifty events throughout 2012. Some filmmakers will also be invited to collaborate in projects with other participating filmmakers.

Click here for a full description of A Story Runs Through It, and what your film should include.

How to Enter Your Film

Upload your film to YouTube.com and copy the URL for your submission. Then click here to enter your film in the celebration.
Videos will be accepted for general submission from March 31 through Aug. 31.
By entering your video in A Story Runs Through It, you consent to the following statement:

I grant Seattle Center permission to use my film for the purposes of research, marketing, instruction, exhibition, publication, broadcast on the TV and/or Internet, and similar purposes. I assert that I have acquired all necessary licenses and permissions associated with this film (including, but not limited to: copyright permissions for music, photographs, film, etc., as well as signed release forms for participating minors), and take full responsibility for any and all copyright and usage issues and/or possible litigation associated with the film.

Also, please read the Code of Conduct.

More Information


Free workshops will be held at Seattle Center on April 14, May 5, and July 14, 2012 from 10:00am - 12:00pm on each date. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, please email your name, address, phone number, and which workshop date you wish to register for to: [email protected].

Workshops will be led by Scott Macklin, Associate Director of the UW Masters of Communication in Digital Media program. Click here for a workshop description.

For More Information:

If you have any additional questions about A Story Runs Through It neighborhood films project, please contact Scott Macklin ([email protected]) or Christina Hulet ([email protected]).