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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Students
to Participate in a Student Documentary Competition


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Deadline Date:

01/20/22 Midnight Pacific Standard Time - Receipt


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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International students in grades six through twelve to participate in a documentary competition. Students create a short documentary video, five to six minutes in length, about federal government policies and programs that impact their lives. Students may enter the competition individually, or work in teams of either two or three members. The entry must be the original work of the student(s). Winners receive cash prizes ranging between $250 and $5,000.

StudentCam is C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect U.S. communities and the nation.

StudentCam 2022 Theme: "How does the federal government impact your life?"

Explore a federal policy or program that has an impact on you or your community. Evaluate the effectiveness of this policy or program by researching multiple perspectives on it.

Grades 6-8 compete in the Middle School category, and grades 9-12 compete in the High School category.

The documentary must include the following five elements:

  • A complete exploration of the chosen topic
  • Inclusion of C-SPAN programming relating to the documentary's topic (using several short clips is recommended)
  • A balanced presentation of varying viewpoints (interviewing experts and elected officials about the chosen topic is recommended)
  • Adherence to the time limit of 5 to 6 minutes. (End credits, if applicable, must begin after the 5-minute mark but are permitted to run longer than the allotted 6-minute time frame)
  • Credits at the end of the documentary or a works cited list

The documentary may include, but is not required to include:

  • Additional video pertaining to your topic (B-roll footage)
  • Music (preferably copyright free music)
  • Graphics
  • Diagrams
  • Still images
  • Narration (Note: If narrating the documentary, students must write their own script to avoid plagiarism. Online or print sources can be used, but students have to put any information they use in their own words.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149468

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

150 student prizes and 53 teacher prizes

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grand Prize: 1 award - the best overall entry in either the High School or Middle School category
- Student(s): $5,000 cash prize award
- Teacher/School: $750 cash prize award

1st Prize: 4 awards total - 3 in the High School category (1 x HS West Region, 1 x HS Central Region, 1 x HS East Region), and 1 in the Middle School category.
- Student(s): $3,000 cash prize award per entry
- Teachers/Schools: $500 cash prize award

2nd Prize: 16 awards total - 12 in the High School category (4 x HS West Region, 4 x HS Central Region, 4 x HS East Region), and 4 in the Middle School category.
- Student(s): $1,500 cash prize award per entry
- Teachers/Schools: $250 cash prize award

3rd Prize: 32 awards total - 24 in the High School category (8 x HS West Region, 8 x HS Central Region, 8 x HS East Region), and 8 in the Middle School category.
- Student(s): $750 cash prize award per entry
- Teachers/Schools: $125 cash prize award

Honorable Mention: 97 awards total - awarded to entries from either the High School or Middle School category.
- Student(s): $250 cash prize award per entry

C-SPAN will also select and award 5 teams who will each receive a $100 cash prize if they submit a "Behind the Scenes" photo from the production of their documentary.

C-SPAN also reserves the right to award a "Fan Favorite" - a secondary prize awarded to one of the top prize-winning entries (as determined by C-SPAN judges), based on the results of a period of online public voting.

* Grand, 1st, and 2nd Prize videos may be aired on the C-SPAN Networks.

* All students with winning videos will receive a certificate of recognition and may be placed on C-SPAN's StudentCam Winners page.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This competition is open to entrants currently enrolled in middle or high school in any state in the United States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. International students in the equivalent of U.S. grades 6-12 and aged 18 years or younger may also participate. Students may be enrolled in public or private schools, or be home-schooled.

High School entries are judged regionally in one of 3 Regions (West/Central/East), based on their school's state. Students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be judged as part of the East division, and students from American Samoa and Guam will be judged as part of the West division. C-SPAN also reserves the right to award international entries at their discretion. Entries from high school students in Asia-Pacific regions will be judged against the High School-West division entries, high school students in European and African countries will be judged against High School-East division entries, and high school students in South and Central America will be judged against High School-Central division entries.

Middle School entries will be judged nationally against all of their peers from across the country. Any international entries from middle school students will be judged against all middle school entries received in the competition.

A single entry that is created by more than 3 students will be disqualified from prize contention.

The employees and officers of the National Cable Satellite Corporation and their immediate family members, and the Trustees of the C-SPAN Education Foundation and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the contest.

Pre-Application Information:

Entries must be uploaded by midnight Pacific Standard Time at the end of the day on January 20, 2022.

The winning videos will be announced on the StudentCam website in March 2022.

Competition Rules:
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have questions about the competition or your submission, please email or call 1-800-523-7586.

Grant Coverage Areas:

A map of the 3 High School regions can be found here:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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