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

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Geographic Focus

USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

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: AlbertaBritish ColumbiaManitobaNew BrunswickNewfoundland and LabradorNorthwest TerritoriesNova ScotiaNunavutOntarioPrince Edward IslandQuebecSaskatchewanYukon

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StudentCam

C-SPAN


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #149468

Grant Description

Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International students in grades six through twelve to participate in a documentary competition. Winners receive cash prizes of up to $5,000. Students create a short documentary video, five to six minutes in length, about issues 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).

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. This year, students in grades 6-12 are being asked to create a short (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic that relates to the competition theme.

StudentCam 2023 Theme: "If you were a newly elected member of Congress, which issue would be your first priority and why?"

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.)

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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.

Additional Geographic Information:

A map of the 3 High School regions can be found here:
http://www.studentcam.org/SC2021_files/StudentCam-2021-Regions-Map.jpg

Pre-Application Information:

All eligible entries must be uploaded and received at C-SPAN by midnight on January 20, 2023.

Key dates, including the 2023 submission deadline and announcement of winners:
- July 2022: Announcing the new theme for the 2023 StudentCam competition.
- January 20, 2023: The 2023 StudentCam competition submission deadline. Entries must be uploaded and submitted online. After uploading to Google Drive, YouTube, Dropbox or WeVideo, students must submit the link to their video via their completed online Entry Form, anytime through the end of the day on January 20, 2023.
- March 5 - March 12, 2023: A week of public voting where the public cast their vote for the "Fan Favorite" award.
- March 15, 2022: C-SPAN will announce the 150 prize-winning entries, as well as the "Fan Favorite" and "Behind the Scenes" photo contest winners.
- April 1 - April 21, 2023: C-SPAN will air the top 21 winning entries each day on C-SPAN Television Networks.

Students may compete individually, or in teams of either 2 or 3 members.

Prizes: http://www.studentcam.org/prizes.htm
FAQ: http://www.studentcam.org/faq.htm
Competition Rules: http://www.studentcam.org/rules.htm
Getting Started: http://www.studentcam.org/getting_started.htm
C-SPAN video: http://www.studentcam.org/cspan_downloads.htm

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$100,000

Number of Grants:

150 student prizes and 50 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.

Contact Information:

If you have questions about the competition or your submission, please email educate@c-span.org or call 202-626-4858.

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