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C-SPAN’s StudentCam Video Documentary Competition

  
Sponsored by C-SPAN Education Foundation
Web Site:http://www.studentcam.org/
Contact:C-SPAN Education Foundation
400 N. Capitol St. NW
Washington, DC 20001-1511

Phone: 800.523.7586 (Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET)
Email: educate@c-span.org
Description:C-SPAN’s StudentCam is an annual national video documentary competition for students in grades 6 through 12. Individual students or teams of up to three students create a short video documentary on the theme of “The three Branches and You.” Each video documentary should tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law, or action by either the executive, legislative, or judicial branch has affected the applicant’s community. Video documentaries are judged in two categories, middle school and high school, with a total of 86 prizes to be awarded to student winners and their teacher advisors or schools. Winning videos of the grand, first, second, and third prizes may be aired on the C-SPAN Networks.

A teacher or other school staff member may advise a student or team; however, a teacher advisor is not required. The student or student team must do all work on the video, from concept to production.

To be eligible, each video documentary must include the following five elements: a complete exploration of the documentary's issue; inclusion of C-SPAN programming relating to the focus issue (a link in the contest rules identifies available C-SPAN programming); various opinions on or about the issue so that multiple views are explored in the documentary; be within the time limit of five to seven minutes in length for the documentary presentation; and provide credits at the end of the documentary or a list of works cited, which must be sent to the email contact address. (Credits are not included in the time limit and may begin at the seventh-minute mark of a video.)

In addition, a documentary may include but is not required to feature interviews, music (preferably copyright free), graphics, diagrams, still images, narration (if used, it must be an original script), and B-roll footage (video pertaining to the topic other than required C-SPAN material).

To enter, all submissions must be submitted online. A student or student representing a team must complete the entry form, available on the website, and upload the form and the completed video documentary by the deadline. A finished documentary must be in one of the following video formats: .AVI, .MOV, .MPG, .MPG2, .MPEG2, .MPEG4, .MP4, .WMV, and under 1.5gb in size when submitted. Note that all video documentaries submitted become the property of C-SPAN.

Eligibility:Private, Charter, Public
Award(s):The competition prizes total $100,000, with prizes awarded in two separate categories: middle school (grades 6 through 8) and high school (grades 9 through 12). The awards are as follows: one grand prize for the best overall entry: $5,000 cash award to the student or team and $750 to the teacher advisor or school to purchase digital video equipment for the school; four first-place prizes of $3,000 each to the student or team and $500 each to the teacher and school; 16 second-place prizes of $1,500 each to the student or team and $250 each to the teacher and school; 32 third-place prizes of $750 each to the student or team and $125 each to the teacher and school; and 97 honorable mentions of $250 each to the student or team.
Deadline(s):All entries must be uploaded by January 20, 2015.
Focus:Journalism, Library/Media
Grade Level(s):6-8, 9-12
Content Area(s): Social Sciences
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Media Literacy
State(s):National
 
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