C-SPAN is pleased to announce the winning documentaries in C-SPAN's 2018 StudentCam competition!

Congratulations to Adam Koch & Tyler Cooney of Grimes, IA on winning StudentCam 2018's Grand Prize, and Hemakshi Gordy and Jansikwe Medina-Tayac from Silver Spring, MD on winning this year's "Fan Favorite" award.

Click here for a list of all 150 prize winners and links to their videos: STUDENTCAM 2018 PRIZE WINNERS

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

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 2018 competition theme, "The Constitution & You: Choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it's important to you."

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

Choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it's important to you.

  • 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, must begin after the 5-minute mark and 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 submission deadline and the announcement of winning videos.

  • July, 2018
    C-SPAN will announce the new theme for the 2019 StudentCam competition.

  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018
    C-SPAN will officially launch the 2019 StudentCam competition.

  • Sunday, January 20, 2019
    The submission deadline for the 2019 StudentCam competition.