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01/18/18 Midnight PST
Awards to USA, Territories, Canada, and International students in grades six through twelve to create a five to seven minute video documentary illustrating why a provision of the United States Constitution is important to them. Students may enter the competition individually, or work in teams of either two or three members.
Your documentary may focus on any provision of the Constitution - from the Preamble through the 27th Amendment.
Your documentary must include the following five elements:
- A complete exploration of your documentary's issue
- Inclusion of C-SPAN programming relating to your documentary's issue
- Various opinions about your issue
- Adherence to the time limit of 5 to 7 minutes. (End credits, if applicable, must begin after the 5-minute mark and are permitted to run longer than the allotted 7-minute time frame)
- Credits at the end of your documentary or a works cited list
Your documentary may include, but is not required to include:
- Video pertaining to your topic (B-roll footage)
- Music (preferably copyright free music)
- Still images
- Narration (Note: If you narrate your documentary, you must write your own script to avoid plagiarism. You can use online or print sources, but you have to put any information you use in your own words.)
Students in Grades 6-8 compete in the Middle School category, and grades 9-12 compete in the High School category. Middle School students will be judged nationally against their peers. High School students will be judged regionally against their peers in one of three regions (West/Central/East), based on their school state.
Winning StudentCam documentaries will thoroughly explore a variety of viewpoints related to the chosen topic, including those that may oppose the filmmakers points of view.
Bonus "Behind the Scenes Photo Contest" - Those who create behind-the-scenes footage of their StudentCam documentary will also be eligible to win one of five $100 cash prizes:
- Share a photograph from the production of your StudentCam documentary on social media.
- Post to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat – upload your photo, tell us about it, and include the hashtag #StudentCam2018.
- Send an attached screengrab of your social media post along with the names of all team members and the name of your school to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To be eligible to win, you must also enter a documentary in StudentCam 2018, but your documentary does not have to be a winning video in order to win the "Behind the Scenes" prize.
- Limit 1 eligible photograph per team/documentary.
GrantWatch ID#: 149468
C-SPAN awards prizes to 150 student documentaries, and 53 teacher advisors. Those who create behind-the-scenes footage of their StudentCam documentary will also be eligible to win one of five prizes.
Winners of the bonus "Behind-the-Scenes" awards will be eligible to win one of five $100 cash prizes.
This competition is open to entrants currently enrolled in middle or high school in any state in the United States, the District of Columbia, or USA territories. Students may be enrolled in public or private schools, or be home-schooled. International students in the equivalent of USA grades 6-12 and aged 18 years or younger may also participate.
Documentaries must be between 5-7 minutes in length. End credits, if applicable, must begin after the 5-minute mark and are permitted to run longer than the allotted 7-minute time frame.
Clips of topically-related C-SPAN programming must be used to enhance the video documentary. You may choose to use multiple C-SPAN clips throughout your documentary, but the use of C-SPAN video need not be excessive to the point that it detracts from your original production.
Downloadable C-SPAN footage can be found at: http://www.studentcam.org/cspan_downloads.htm
- Competition Rules:
- Application Requirements:
- Information on how to complete the Entry Form:
- Competition Tips:
The link to apply is found in the Contact Information section below. Once you have completed the Entry Form and uploaded your video file, you will be emailed a link to view your video which you may then share with your friends, family, and teachers.
If you are under the age of 18, you will also be emailed a Release form for your parent/guardian to review and provide their consent.
Bonus "Behind the Scenes Photo Contest:"
Applicants must submit their behind-the-scenes footage by the main competition deadline on January 18, 2018. Five $100 prizes to be awarded in March, 2018. To be eligible to win, you must also enter a documentary in StudentCam 2018, but your documentary does not have to be a winning video in order to win the "Behind the Scenes" prize.
- Wednesday, November 1, 2017: The Entry Form and Documentary Upload page was posted to the StudentCam site. Complete your Entry Form and Upload your finished documentary anytime between November 1 and January 18.
- Thursday, January 18, 2018: Submission Deadline: All eligible documentaries must be uploaded by midnight (PST) at the end of the day on Thursday, January 18.
- Wednesday, March 7, 2018: C-SPAN will announce the 150 winners of the StudentCam 2018 competition.
Prize recipients will be determined by judges selected by C-SPAN and the judges' decisions will be final. If a team's entry wins, C-SPAN will divide the prize money equally among the team members. Prize recipients who win cash prizes of a higher value than $600 will be asked to provide a social security number and will be responsible for any taxes associated with the prizes. If a student who wins a cash prize higher than $600 does not provide their social security number, they will still be recognized as a winner but will not receive their prize money. C-SPAN reserves the right not to award all prizes in all categories; and C-SPAN reserves the right to not televise a winning video.
For those participating in a group, the student whose name appears as the primary contact on the Entry Form will be considered the team leader, and will be the primary point of contact for the team. Should the team win Grand or First Prize, this student may first be offered the opportunity to appear on C-SPAN and/or flown to C-SPAN's offices in Washington, DC to represent the group.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Click here to complete the Entry Form for yourself, any teammates, and your teacher advisor (if applicable):
Your works cited list may be submitted to email@example.com
If you have questions about the competition or your submission, please email C-Span at the above email address, or call weekdays between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM ET at: 1-800-523-7586.
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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)
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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.