The submission deadline for the 2024 competition has now passed. Students, our judges are excited to view the results of your hard work and research. A warm thank you to all of the teachers, parents, guardians and other participants who have contributed to the success of this year's competition.

If you have questions about your entry, please email us at and we'll respond promptly.

Also, if you are under the age of 18 don't forget to have your parental/guardian release form digitally signed by February 1. Check the spam/junk folder of your inbox for the form, or email us at the address above to request another link.

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 eligible documentaries were submitted by the end of the day on Friday, January 19.

  • February 1, 2024
    All parental/guardian release forms should be digitally signed.

  • March 13, 2024
    C-SPAN will announce the 150 prize-winning documentaries at 9am on Wednesday, March 13.

  • April 1 - April 21, 2024
    C-SPAN will air each of the top 21 prize-winning documentaries throughout the day on C-SPAN Television Networks.