Announcing the 2015 StudentCam Theme

C-SPAN is pleased to announce our new competition theme:

“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.



What is StudentCam?

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 are asked to create a short (5-7 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme listed above.

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

All eligible documentaries must adhere to the Competition Rules, and be submitted to C-SPAN by Tuesday, January 20, 2015.


Competition Requirements

  • 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.