C-SPAN is pleased to announce the new theme for 2018:

“THE CONSTITUTION & YOU”
Choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it's important to you.



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.

This year students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a short (5-7 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the new 2018 competition theme, "The Constitution & You: Choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it's important to you."

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 will compete in the Middle School category, and grades 9-12 will 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 include supporting C-SPAN video that relates to the chosen topic.
     
  • Winning StudentCam documentaries will thoroughly explore a variety of viewpoints related to the chosen topic, including those that may oppose the filmmakers points of view.
     
  • Documentaries must be between 5-7 minutes in length. *End credits, if applicable, must begin after the 5-minute mark and are permitted to run longer than the allotted 7-minute time frame.
     
  • Entries must include either end credits or a works cited list.
For a complete list of competition rules, click here.



Take us Behind-the-Scenes of your StudentCam documentary for your chance to win one of five $100 cash prizes!

  • Share a photograph from the production of your StudentCam documentary on social media
     
  • Post to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat – upload your photo, tell us about it, and include the hashtag #StudentCam2018
     
  • Send an attached screengrab of your social media post along with the names of all team members and the name of your school to: educate@c-span.org
     
  • Must submit by the main competition deadline on January 18, 2018. Five $100 prizes to be awarded in March, 2018. To be eligible to win, you must also enter a documentary in StudentCam 2018 but your documentary does not have to be a winning video in order to win the "Behind the Scenes" prize
     
  • Limit 1 eligible photograph per team/documentary



Key dates, including the submission deadline and the announcement of winning videos.

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017
    The Entry Form and Documentary Upload page will be posted to the StudentCam site. Upload your completed documentary anytime between November 1 and Januray 18.

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018
    Submission Deadline: all eligible documentaries must be uploaded by midnight (PST) at the end of the day on Thursday, January 18.

  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018
    C-SPAN will announce the 150 winners of the StudentCam 2018 competition.