C-SPAN is thrilled to announce the prize-winning documentaries in StudentCam 2024 - our 20th anniversary of the competition!

We received entries from over 3,200 students representing 42 states, Washington, D.C., the Mariana Islands, Canada, and India. Students were asked this year to address the theme: “Looking Forward while Considering the Past." After evaluating each entry through multiple rounds of judging, we are delighted to share the 150 prize-winning documentaries, as well as the winners of the 2024 "Fan Favorite" award and our "Behind the Scenes" photo competition.

C-SPAN StudentCam 2024 Prize Winners

All student filmmakers and their teachers will be contacted via email with more information regarding their prizes. C-SPAN television networks will broadcast each of the grand prize, first prize, and second prize winning documentaries at 6:50am ET and throughout the day during the month of April. See the link above for the documentary airdates of those entries.

Thank you once again to all who participated this year and made it our best competition yet. We hope those of you with remaining eligibility will consider participating in StudentCam 2025! Our new theme will be announced this summer and the official competition launch will coincide with the beginning of the new school year.



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 we celebrate our 20th anniversary of the competition and we asked students in grades 6-12 to create a short (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic that relates to the competition theme, "Looking Forward while Considering the Past."

The submission deadline for all entries was Friday, January 19, 2024. C-SPAN awards cash prizes totaling $100,000 to the student filmmakers of the top 150 student documentaries.




Looking Forward while Considering the Past

To mark C-SPAN StudentCam's 20th anniversary, students selected one of the following prompts to address:

A) In the next 20 years, what is the most important change that you would like to see in America?
Detail a specific issue that is important to you and the evolution of related policies, laws, and actions that you want to see in the future.

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B) Over the past 20 years, what has been the most important change in America?
Examine a specific law, event, or invention, explain its impact and why you consider it important.



Click here for a printable Student Checklist (Google Doc)

  • This annual 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. For more information, visit our Prizes page.
     
  • Students may compete individually, or in teams of either 2 or 3 members.
     
  • Documentaries must include clips of supporting or opposing C-SPAN video that relate 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. We recommend that you interview experts on your chosen subject.
     
  • Documentaries must be between 5-6 minutes in length. *End credits, if applicable, must begin after the 5-minute mark but are permitted to run longer than the allotted 6-minute time frame.
     
  • Entries must include either end credits or a works cited list. Students can use whichever format they currently use to cite their sources.
For the complete list of competition rules, click here.



Key dates, including the official competition launch date and submission deadline.

  • January 19, 2024
    All documentaries eligible to win prizes were submitted by the end of the day on Friday, January 19.

  • March 13, 2024
    C-SPAN announced the 150 prize-winning documentaries on Wednesday, March 13.

  • April 1 - April 21, 2024
    C-SPAN will air each of the top 21 prize-winning documentaries at 6:50am ET, and throughout the day on C-SPAN Television Networks.

  • July 4, 2024
    C-SPAN will announce the theme for the StudentCam 2025 competition.