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

StudentCam


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
149468

Funding Source
C-SPAN EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
All 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)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/19/24 11:59 PM PST Save

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 communities and the nation. This year C-SPAN is celebrating their 20th anniversary of the competition and for 2024, C-SPAN is asking students in grades 6-12 to create a short (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic that relates to the competition theme, "Looking Forward while Considering the Past."

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 (we recommend that you interview topic experts, elected officials and people directly impacted by your chosen topic)
  • 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 your 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.)


Recipient

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.

Middle School entries will be judged nationally against all of their peers from across the country. High School entries will be judged regionally against their peers in one of 3 Regions (West/Central/East), based on the state of the school that the student(s) attend.

Additional Geographic Information:

A map of the 3 High School regions can be found here:
https://www.studentcam.org/sc2021_files/StudentCam-2021-Regions-Map.jpg

Ineligible
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
The Sweepstakes begins on September 6, 2023 at 7:00 am PST and ends on January
19, 2024 at 11:59 pm PST
- March 13, 2024 C-SPAN will announce the 150 prize-winning documentaries at 9am on Wednesday, March 13.
- April 1 - April 21, 2024 C-SPAN will air each of the top 21 prize-winning documentaries throughout the day on C-SPAN Television Networks.

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

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

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$100,000

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.

Contact Information
Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfVqUCad1-Kx5JpeEOcBksrRJUq5gr51zmDh8U9AP1_1vgqmw/viewform

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

Contacts:
Pam McGorry, Education Program Senior Specialist
202-626-4861
pmcgorry@c-span.org

Robin Newton, Media Relations Specialist
202-626-8910
rnewton@c-span.org

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