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01/20/20 Midnight PST
Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International students in grades six through twelve to participate in a documentary competition. Students create a documentary video, five to six minutes in length, about significant issues that they would like presidential candidates to address in their campaign. Students may enter the competition individually, or work in teams of either two or three members. Winners receive cash prizes ranging between $250 and $5,000.
StudentCam Theme - "What's Your Vision in 2020?"
Students should explore the issue they most want presidential candidates to address during the campaign and videos should analyze the current or historical significance of the chosen issue and include differing points of view.
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:
The documentary may include, but is not required to include:
GrantWatch ID#: 149468
C-SPAN awards prizes to 150 student documentaries, and over 50 teacher advisors. Those who create behind-the-scenes footage of their StudentCam documentary will also be eligible to win one of five prizes.
Grand Prize (1 award) to the best overall entry in either High School or Middle School:
- Students: $5,000 cash prize award
- Teacher/School: $750 cash prize award
First prize: 4 awards total (3 in the high school category - one for each region - and one in the Middle School category)
- Students: $3,000 cash prize awarded per entry
- Teachers/School: $500 cash prize award
Second Prize - 16 awards total (12 in the High School category - 4 in each region - and 4 in the Middle School category:
- Students: $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.
All students with winning videos will receive a certificate of recognition and may be placed on C-SPAN's StudentCam Winners page.
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