The competition is now closed to new entries and C-SPAN is judging the videos that were entered by our January 20 submission deadline.

Thank you to all of the teachers and students who participated in another year where there were challenges and adversity aplenty. We look forward to viewing your work and announcing the winning entries in March.

For those students who are under the age of 18 and haven't yet done so, please have a parent or guardian complete the Release Form that was emailed to you after you submitted your work.

If you have questions about the competition, please email us at

StudentCam is C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation.

This year, we asked students in grades 6-12 to create a short (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic that relates to the competition theme, "How does the federal government impact your life?"

The submission deadline for all entries was Thursday, January 20, 2022. With cash prizes totaling $100,000 each year, C-SPAN awards prizes to the top 150 student documentaries. If you are a teacher and listed as an adviser on one of the top 50 winning films, you will also receive a cash award. Since 2004, C-SPAN has awarded over $1.2 million dollars in cash prizes to students and teachers.

"How does the federal government impact your life?"

Explore a federal policy or program that has an impact on you or your community. Evaluate the effectiveness of this policy or program by researching multiple perspectives on it.

Click here for a printable Student Checklist (Google Doc)

  • The competition is open to all students in grades 6-12. Grades 6-8 compete in the Middle School category, and grades 9-12 compete in the High School category. For more information, visit our Prizes page.
  • Students may compete individually, or in teams of either 2 or 3 members.
  • Documentaries must include clips of supporting or opposing C-SPAN video that relate to the chosen topic.
  • Winning StudentCam documentaries will thoroughly explore a variety of viewpoints related to the chosen topic, including those that may oppose the filmmakers points of view. We recommend that you interview experts on your chosen subject.
  • Documentaries must be between 5-6 minutes in length. *End credits, if applicable, must begin after the 5-minute mark but are permitted to run longer than the allotted 6-minute time frame.
  • Entries must include either end credits or a works cited list. Students can use whichever format they currently use to cite their sources.
For the complete list of competition rules, click here.

Key dates, including the 2022 submission deadline and announcement of winners.

  • January 20, 2022
    The 2022 StudentCam competition submission deadline.

  • March 6 - March 13, 2022
    A week of public voting when you may view the top prize-winning entries and cast your vote for the "Fan Favorite" award.

  • March 16, 2022
    The announcement of the 150 prize-winning entries, as well as our "Fan Favorite" and "Behind the Scenes" photo contest winners.

  • April 1 - April 20, 2022
    C-SPAN will air the top 20 winning entries each day on C-SPAN Television Networks.