StudentCam Documentary Competition

DocumentaryVideo ProductionCivic Engagement



Hey Gen Z, the lens is yours! 🎥 C-SPAN's StudentCam 2023 is not just a competition; it's a stage for your voice, your perspective, and yeah, your pretty impressive video skills. Dive into the theme "Looking Forward While Considering the Past" and craft a 5-6 minute documentary that doesn’t just echo but roars!

Key Information

  • Deadline: January 20, 2023
  • Prize: A share of the $100,000 pie! 🥧💰
  • Eligibility: Middle and high school students
  • Team: Fly solo or team up (up to 3 members)

Challenge Focus, Goal, and Topic

The spotlight's on you to weave the past and future into a compelling narrative. The challenge? Explore an issue, event, or figure from American history that has impacted you. Then, pitch your vision for the future, all while connecting the dots with the U.S. Constitution. It’s history, but with your fresh, forward-looking twist!

Prizes and Recognition

With a whopping $100,000 in cash prizes, the stakes are as high as your creativity! Not to mention, the grand prize-winning documentary will be aired on C-SPAN, giving you a national stage to shine. 🌟 And hey, 150 students (and 53 teachers) will snag cash prizes, so the odds are looking pretty, pretty good!

How Does the Challenge Work

From the moment you hit ‘submit’ on your documentary, the clock ticks down to the big reveal in March 2023. Your masterpiece will be judged on the depth of content, effective use of video, and the clarity of message. So, make every frame, every word, and every second count!

Who is Available to Participate

Middle schoolers, high schoolers, history buffs, future Spielbergs - this is for you! Whether you’re in the U.S., its territories, or stationed abroad, if you’re in grades 6-12, you’re in!

Short Introduction of the Organizing Company

C-SPAN, your unfiltered access to U.S. political insights, is not just about showcasing the nation’s leaders; it’s about spotlighting the leaders of tomorrow (Yep, that’s you!). With StudentCam, C-SPAN is handing you the mic, the platform, and the opportunity to be heard, seen, and yes, even change the world.

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