C-SPAN StudentCam 2013
If you are interested in both film production/documentaries and issues affecting your community or country, check out the C-SPAN StudentCam 2013 competition. This annual program (for students grades 6-12) asks applicants to create a short (5-8 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme for this year. This year, the topic is- “Message to the President- What’s the most important issue the president should consider in 2013?”
The prizes for this program are pretty awesome. From the website:
GRAND PRIZE: 1 award to the best overall entry
Student(s): $5,000 award
Teacher/School: $1,000 to spend on digital video equipment for his/her school.
1ST PRIZE: 2 awards (1 in each category)
Student(s): $3,000 to a middle school entry
$3,000 to a high school entry
Teachers/Schools: $500 to spend on digital video equipment for their schools.
2ND PRIZE: 8 awards (4 in each category)
Student(s): $1,500 to four middle school entries
$1,500 to four high school entries
Teachers/Schools: $125 to spend on digital video equipment for their schools.
3RD PRIZE: 16 awards (8 in each category)
Student(s): $750 to eight middle school entries
$750 to eight high school entries
HONORABLE MENTION: 48 awards (in either category)
The rules are as follows:
- 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.
- Students may compete individually, or in teams of either 2 or 3 members.
- All documentaries must contain a small amount of supporting C-SPAN footage that relates to the chosen topic.Downloadable C-SPAN footage can be found here.
- C-SPAN’s philosophy is to show varying sides of each issue. Winning StudentCam documentaries will also show varying sides related to the chosen topic.
- Documentaries must be between 5-8 minutes. End credits, if applicable, may run longer than the 8 minute time frame.
- Entries must contain either end credits or a works cited list. A works cited list may be emailed to