Sponsoring Institution: C-Span

Type: Documentary Competition

 • Middle School (6th-8th) and High School (9th-12th)
 • Any state in the United States, District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. International students may apply in the equivalent of U.S. grades 6th-12th.
 • 18 years or younger can participate.
 • Students may be enrolled in public or private schools, or be home-schooled.

Application Deadline: Mid to late January

Highlight: No matter where you are in the world, your voice matters. The C-Span StudentCam video contest allows students to voice their opinions in documentary format every year. Though there may be different prompts every year, there is a common theme surrounding politics and government. The 2022 theme was “How does the federal government impact your life?” 150 films are selected every year, meaning 150 students and 53 teachers can win an array of prizes totalling $100,000!  Students in grades 6-12 (or the US equivalent) from anywhere in the world, are able to enter this video contest with a 5-6 minute video documentary addressing the current year’s prompt. All the requirements for the video contest can be found here while the rules can be found here. Need some inspiration? Check out past winners here. If you care to voice what you believe in and possibly even win a prize for your effort, then apply for this video contest because “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” 

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