SA student wins global short film competition


Graphic design student Nicole van Schoor (@NicoleVanSchoor) from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape has won the global SpongeBob SquarePants themed short film competition, SpongeBob SquareShorts: Original Fan Tributes, organised by children and family channel Nicelodeon on DStv Channel 305.   

Van Schoor (21) won the prize for the 18 and over category with her live-action movie Finally Home, which follows a dedicated SpongeBob fan and her quest to find her ultimate dream home.  

The SpongeBob SquareShorts: Original Fan Tributes competition received over 1,000 entries from more than 70 countries. Winners were chosen by fans via social media and online voting at as well as a panel of judges comprising Nickelodeon executives from around the world.

Van Schoor receives a $2,500 cash prize and a trip for four people to a special screening of the winning films at the first SpongeBob Fan Shellabration from 7 to 8 September at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.   

SpongeBob SquareShorts: Original Fan Tributes is a global short film competition that encourages SpongeBob fans to celebrate the positivity and optimism of SpongeBob. Short film submissions featured original storylines and highlighted SpongeBob’s endearing attributes such as humour, happiness and positivity.

The world-renowned cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimistic sea sponge, and his undersea friends. The series is seen in more than 170 countries and territories and in more than 35 languages. 


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