C-SPAN is pleased to announce the new theme for 2018:
Choose any provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it's important to you.

The submission period for StudentCam 2017 is closed. We announced the 150 winning entries from our 2017 competition on Wednesday, March 8.

StudentCam 2018 will officially launch on Monday, September 18 but our new theme can be found below and all competition rules will remain the same as in past years so feel free to start planning your documentary early!

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 any 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.

C-SPAN is pleased to announce the 150 prize winning documentaries in C-SPAN's 2017 StudentCam competition!

Congratulations to sisters Mia and Ava Lazar of Blacksburg, VA on winning StudentCam 2017's Grand Prize, and Matthew Gannon from Washington, DC on winning the "Fan Favorite" award.

Click here for a list of all 150 prize winners and links to their videos: STUDENTCAM 2017 PRIZE WINNERS

A warm thank you to all who participated and congratulations to all of the winning filmmakers!

  • 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, 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.

Key dates, including the competition launch and submission deadline.

  • Monday, July 10, 2017
    C-SPAN announced the new theme of our StudentCam 2018 competition.

  • Monday, September 18, 2017
    Constitution Day: C-SPAN will officially launch the StudentCam 2018 competition.

  • 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.