What is SpongeBob SquareShorts?
SpongeBob SquareShorts is a global short film competition inviting SpongeBob fans and filmmakers of all ages, around the world, to create an original, SpongeBob-inspired short film – no longer than three (3) minutes – that celebrates the yellow guy: his humor, his overflowing happiness, and his persistent positivity. Shorts will be judged on creativity, originality, best incorporation of SpongeBob’s attributes and overall appeal. The top shorts will be selected and posted on www.SpongeBobSquareShorts.com where viewers will have the chance to vote for their favorite video. One global winner from each age group will win a trip to a screening event of the winning films in Hollywood, CA. Many will enter, two will win. Additionally, eligible entrants from Canada are simultaneously entered into both the Canada Competition and the Global Competition by visiting SpongeBobSquareShorts.com/Canada. One under 18 Canadian will win the opportunity to have their short film air on the Nickelodeon channel in Canada.
What are the age group categories? Are there age requirements to enter?
The global contest is open to people of all ages. There are two different categories –one for those less than 18 years old (“Under 18”) and another for those 18 years of age and older (“18 & Over”). Please enter in the category according to the age you will be on the date of entry. Filmmakers younger than18 or those who are 18 but still considered minors where they live are required to obtain parental supervision and permission in the making and submission of their work. The Canada Competition is only open to those under 18.
Where do I go to enter the contest?
Go to www.SpongeBobSquareShorts.com/Canada and follow the on-screen instructions to submit your video. You may only submit videos during the competition entry period, which starts on May 6, 2013 and ends on June 28, 2013.
Who is eligible?
The global competition is open to people of all ages all over the world, except for residents of Italy, Quebec Canada, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, and Myanmar (Burma) or anywhere else restricted by law. The Canada Competition is open to Canadian residents under the age of 18, excluding residents of Quebec.
My language is not included in the language drop down menu. Does that mean that I am not eligible to submit an entry?
No, it does not. The site is only available in English, German, French, Dutch, European Spanish, Latin American Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese, but the competition is not restricted to those entrants who don’t speak these aforementioned languages from entering a submission, unless you are one of the above restricted countries/territories.
What is the timeline for the competition?
You may enter the Contest between 12:01:00 Greenwich Mean Time (“GMT”) on May 6, 2013 and 18:00:00 GMT on June 28, 2013. Entries received outside of the submission period will not be eligible for the contest.
How is the winner determined?
For the Global Competition, the top finalists from each category will be determined by Nickelodeon and their short films will be posted on www.SpongeBobSquareShorts.com as a gallery view on July 18, 2013. People can vote for their favorites until 11:59:59pm GMT on August 2, 2013. For the Canada competition, all eligible entries will be reviewed by a judging panel of Nickelodeon and Corus executives using the same criteria as the Global Competition. There will be no public voting period for the Canada Competition. Entry into and judging for the Canada Competition will have no effect on the Global Competition. The grand prize winners for the Global Competition and the Canada Competition will be selected and announced in August.
The grand prize winner from each age group category will be selected and announced in August.
What are the Nickelodeon judges looking for?
For the selection of the top finalists, Nickelodeon is looking for original, SpongeBob-inspired short films that celebrate SpongeBob. The shorts should be themed around SpongeBob (and/or his world and pals), but he does not have to be the central character. Shorts can be done in any form – live action, animation, stop motion, etc. Shorts should not resemble or recreate a SpongeBob SquarePants episode – only original ideas will be considered.
Films are encouraged to project a positive view of SpongeBob, his world, and the characters. A central message or moral is not needed, but a good plot always helps! Remember, we are a kids’ network and all content must pass our standards so keep it clean!
How many finalists will be selected?
Nickelodeon will select up to ten (10) finalists per age group category.
Is there a winner in each country?
For the Global Competition, there will only be one winner from the entire globe for each age group category.
For the Canada Competition, there will be one additional winner selected from among all eligible Canadian entries to the Under 18 category.
Is there an entry fee?
No, entry to the competition is free.
What are the entry rules?
Please read all rules & regulations carefully before entering.
Under 18 CANADA OFFICIAL RULES
Under 18 GLOBAL OFFICIAL RULES
18 & Over GLOBAL OFFICIAL RULES
What do I need to submit?
A video file must be submitted. In order to qualify for the contest, the video file(s) must be 3 minutes or less in length and comply with the OFFICIAL RULES. For all submissions, we will require you to submit a transcript of the video in your native language via the upload tool on the entry page in one of the following formats: .DOC, .PDF.
What types of files can I submit?
The video file size must be kept under 1GB and files must be in one of the following formats: .MPEG; .MOV; .AVI; .WMV.
Do you accept mail-in submissions?
No, we only accept entries submitted via www.SpongeBobSquareShorts.com.
For Canadian entries, please submit via www.SpongeBobSquareShorts.com/Canada.
What are the prizes and what happens if I win?
For the global competition, there will be 1 (one) grand prize winner for each age category that consists of $2,500 and a trip for 4 (four) to a special screening event of the winning films in Los Angeles, California, USA in September, including roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and car transfers. You must be able to travel in 2013. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. For the Canada competition, there will be one winner chosen from the under 18 category. The winner’s entry will be broadcast on Nickelodeon in Canada.
When will the finalists and winners be announced?
The finalists for each category in the Global Competition will be announced on or around July 18, 2013, during which their short films will be posted on www.SpongeBobSquareShorts.com for the public voting period, starting from July 18, 2013 and ending on August 2, 2013. The winners for both the global and Canada competitions will be announced in August.
How many short films can I submit?
You can enter as many films as you’d like, but should only submit each film once.
What if I don't see my submission in the gallery?
Unfortunately, this means that your entry was not selected as a finalist. It may not have made it through the initial screening process based on obvious violations of the OFFICIAL RULES. Make sure to read through the Official Rules carefully to see if your video stays within the guidelines of the contest. Please note that making it into the gallery is NOT a guarantee that your spot complies fully with the Official Rules - it just means that no obvious violations were identified during initial screening. It is also possible that a submission that makes it into the gallery could be removed in the event a rules violation is reported or discovered later.
What are my limitations on music?
We have pre-licensed music for use in contest submissions only, which is available for download in the toolkit on the “Music Library” link. You may not include any other music except the pre-approved music provided and you may not use the pre-approved music for any other purpose. This includes any royalty-free music and or/music that you may have created or licensed. In addition, the alteration or modification of any of the pre-approved music provided is prohibited. Also, please note that the use of the music on the website is for the exclusive use of individuals to create short films specifically for the SpongeBob SquareShorts contest. All other uses of the library music are prohibited and can constitute copyright infringement and violations will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Can I use show footage from an episode of SpongeBob?
Entrants cannot use existing SpongeBob animation or voiceover material. Entrants are encouraged to come up with original creative work – only this will be considered.
Do you have any creative suggestions that I should keep in mind while creating my film?
We encourage everyone to be as creative and unique as they like but we do have a list of suggestions to help inspire your work. Please refer to the assignment section on the entry page for a full list of suggested props, core attributes and even some character quotes.
Do you provide release forms for my actors?
If you are selected as a finalist, we will provide paperwork, including actor releases that must be signed. In the interim, many generic release forms are available online.
What products can I use in my short film?
Please avoid featuring logos and licensed or trademarked products as it may result in disqualification.
What if the dialogue in my short is not in English?
Non-English language submissions should come with no English subtitles and no production credits. All entrants must submit a transcript (in the entrant’s local language) of their film with their entry.
My language is English – do I need to submit a transcript?
Yes, we require all entrants to submit a transcript with their entry.
Can I include production credits?
Video submissions should not include production credits.
I am Under 18 and the instruction email has not been sent to my parent or legal guardian’s email address yet.
Please have your parent or legal guardian check their Spam folder within their mailbox. If it’s not there, please email SquareShorts@nick.com.
When will I find out if my short was selected as one of the top finalists?
Nickelodeon will contact you between June 29th, 2013 and July 17th, 2013 if your short film has been selected as a finalist. We will contact you via email or phone, so please check your emails in case we need to ask you questions, get more information, and/or give you the good news that your short was selected.
If selected, your short will be posted on www.SpongeBobSquareShorts.com in a gallery with other finalists from your age category. Viewers will have the chance to vote for their favorites.
When do I find out if I won?
We will announce the winner on or around August 5th, 2013.
Your website isn’t working!
Try a different web browser (Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Chrome) and make sure you upgrade to the newest version. If you’re still having problems, please email us at SquareShorts@nick.com.
Whenever I try to upload my files and click “Submit,” the webpage just sits there. Did you get them?
Depending on your connection speed, the size of the file, and the time of day, it may take a while for your short to upload properly and you may have to wait a number of minutes. If you continue to have problems, feel free to email SquareShorts@nick.com.
I have another question that is not listed here.
If you still have a question about your short film, simply email SquareShorts@nick.com and a moderator will get back to you as soon as possible.
Can I enter as a team with other people?
You can certainly work with other people to make your short, but only the person who enters the film will be considered. Please make sure you receive release forms from everyone working on the film!
Thanks for entering and good luck!