C-SPAN is pleased to announce the 150 prize winning documentaries in C-SPAN's 2017 StudentCam competition!

Congratulations to sisters Mia and Ava Lazar of Blacksburg, VA on winning StudentCam 2017's Grand Prize, and Matthew Gannon from Washington, DC on winning the "Fan Favorite" award.

Click here for a list of all 150 prize winners and links to their videos: STUDENTCAM 2017 PRIZE WINNERS

A warm thank you to all who participated and congratulations to all of the winning filmmakers!

The submission period is now closed. C-SPAN will announce the 150 winning entries on Wednesday, March 8 at 8:00am ET. Good luck to all participants!

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 students in grades 6-12 were asked to create a short (5-7 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the new 2017 competition theme, "Your Message To Washington: What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?"

With cash prizes totaling $100,000, C-SPAN awards prizes to 150 student documentaries, and 53 teacher advisors.

What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?

  • The competition is open to all students in grades 6-12. Grades 6-8 will compete in the Middle School category, and grades 9-12 will compete in the High School category.
  • Middle School students are judged nationally against their peers. High School students are judged regionally against their peers in one of 3 regions (West/Central/East), based on their school state.
  • Students may compete individually, or in teams of either 2 or 3 members.
  • All documentaries must include supporting C-SPAN video that relates 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.
  • Documentaries must be between 5-7 minutes in length .*End credits, if applicable, are permitted to run longer than the allotted 7 minute time frame.
  • Entries must include either end credits or a works cited list.
For a complete list of competition rules, click here.

Key dates, including the announcement of the winners.

  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017
    C-SPAN announced the 150 winners of the StudentCam 2017 competition.

  • April 1 - 21 2017
    C-SPAN aired the Top 21 documentaries received in StudentCam 2017.

  • September, 2017
    C-SPAN will officially launch the StudentCam 2018 competition.