PRESS RELEASE: C-SPAN Invites Students to Compete in 2016 StudentCam Competition (PDF)

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

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 are 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!

  • 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 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.

Watch a roundtable interview with our 2015 StudentCam Grand Prize winners, Anna Gilligan, Katie Demos, and Michael Lozovoy. The trio won top honors for their documentary on the minimum wage titled, The Artificial Wage. During their interview, the 8th grade students from Lexington, KY discuss how they chose their topic, the process of making their documentary, and what they learned along the way.

Key dates, including the announcement of the winners in StudentCam 2015, and the launch of our 2016 StudentCam competition.

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015
    C-SPAN launched the new 2016 StudentCam competition.

  • Monday, November 2, 2015 - January 20, 2016
    Beginning in November you may upload your completed documentary video file and submit your Entry Form online through the StudentCam homepage.

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016
    StudentCam 2016 competition deadline. All eligible entries must be received by the end of the day on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.