Cast Your Vote for the 2021 StudentCam "Fan Favorite"

Watch the top 15 videos from our 4 divisions (as determined by C-SPAN's judges) and cast a vote for your favorite entry. Voting is open from Sunday, February 28 through Sunday, March 7. You may vote once per day (based on your IP address). Please note that your votes will not determine the final placement of the winning entries, however the documentary that receives the most votes by midnight PST on Sunday, March 7, will receive an additional cash prize of $500 and will be recognized as the 2021 "Fan Favorite."

Cast Your Vote for "Fan Favorite"

To view the complete list of 150 winning documentaries, as well as the winner of this year's "Fan Favorite" award, visit after 9am ET on Wednesday, March 10.

If you have questions about the competition, please email us at

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 (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme, "Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021."

With cash prizes totaling $100,000 each year, C-SPAN awards prizes to the top 150 student documentaries, and over 50 teacher advisers. Since 2004, C-SPAN has awarded over $1 million dollars in cash prizes to past-winning students and teachers.

"Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021"

Students are asked to analyze the current and/or historical significance of their chosen issue, and include differing points of view.

Click here for a printable Student Checklist (Google Doc)

  • 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. 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 submission deadline and the announcement of winning videos.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021
    The upload and submission deadline for all entries in our 2021 competition. All eligible entries must be received by midnight PST at the end of the day on Wednesday, January 20.

  • Sunday, Feb. 28 - Sunday, Mar. 7, 2021
    Cast your vote for the 2021 "Fan Favorite" award - an additional cash prize of $500 for the video that receives the most public votes.

  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021
    At 9am ET we will announce the 150 prize winning entries in the 2021 competition here on