Documentary submissions are currently closed and winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

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 2016 competition theme, "Road to the White House", and the issue they most want the candidates to discuss during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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

What’s the issue YOU most want candidates to discuss during the 2016 presidential campaign?

  • The competition was open to all students in grades 6-12. Grades 6-8 competed in the Middle School category, and grades 9-12 competed in the High School category.
  • Middle School students are to be judged nationally against their peers. High School students are to be judged regionally against their peers in one of 3 regions (West/Central/East), based on their school state.
  • Students competed individually, or in teams of either 2 or 3 members.
  • All documentaries were asked to include supporting C-SPAN footage that related to the chosen topic.
  • Winning StudentCam documentaries were asked to show a variety of points of view related to the chosen topic.
  • Documentaries were to be between 5-7 minutes in length .*End credits, if applicable, were permitted to run longer than the allotted 7 minute time frame.
  • Entries were asked to 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 in StudentCam 2015, and the launch of our 2016 StudentCam competition.

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016
    All eligible entries were due by Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

  • Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    C-SPAN will announce the winners of the 2016 StudentCam competition during our morning Washington Journal program and on our website on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.