Documentary submissions are currently closed and winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 4.

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.

*Your topic should pertain 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 will be judged nationally against their peers. High School students will be judged regionally against their peers in one of 3 regions (West/Central/East), based on their school state. More info here.
     
  • 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. Downloadable C-SPAN footage can be found here.
     
  • 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. A works cited list may be emailed to
    educate@c-span.org
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.

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

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

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