Watch a roundtable interview with the 2015 StudentCam Grand Prize winners, Anna Gilligan, Katie Demos, and Michael Lozovoy. They won top honors for their documentary on the minimum wage titled, The Artificial Wage. During their interview, the students discuss how they chose their topic, the process of making their documentary, and what they learned along the way.

C-SPAN is pleased to announce the 150 winning videos in this year's StudentCam competition! Congratulations to each of the winning filmmakers, whose videos competed among the 2,280 documentaries that were received. Almost 5,000 students representing 45 states, as well as Washington DC, and Taiwan took part in the competition.

We would like to thank all of the students and faculty advisors who participated this year. We hope that the creation of your documentary was a rewarding learning experience, and that you enjoyed making them as much as we enjoyed watching them! We encourage all students, who remain eligible to compete in the 2016 competition, to participate once again. Our 2016 StudentCam competition will launch in September, 2015.

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

Documentary submissions are currently closed and the winners of StudentCam 2015 have been announced.

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.

Students in grades 6-12 were asked to create a short (5-7 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme listed below.

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

“The Three Branches and You”
Tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law, or action by either the executive, legislative, or judicial branch has affected you or your community.

*Documentaries were to relate to a branch of the Federal Government

  • 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.
  • 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 contain a small amount of supporting C-SPAN footage that relates to the chosen topic.
  • C-SPAN’s philosophy is to show varying sides of each issue. Winning StudentCam documentaries will also show a variety of points of view related to the chosen topic.
  • Documentaries must be between 5-7 minutes.*End credits, if applicable, may run longer than the allotted 7 minute time frame.
  • Entries must contain 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 in StudentCam 2015, and the launch of our 2016 StudentCam competition.

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2015
    C-SPAN announced the 150 prize winning documentaries in StudentCam 2015.

  • April 1, 2015 - April 29, 2015
    C-SPAN aired the top 21 documentaries, including the Grand, 1st and 2nd prize winning videos.

  • Saturday, May 2, 2015
    Watch C-SPAN on Saturday, May 2 at 10am ET or 7pm ET for a roundtable interview with our three Grand Prize winning students, Anna Gilligan, Katie Demos, and Michael Lozovoy.

  • September, 2015
    C-SPAN will launch the 2016 StudentCam competition.