MY RØDE REEL 2018 Is HERE with $1 Million in Prizes!

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My RØDE Reel 2018 is Now Open – $1 Million in Prizes, 5th Big Year

Via RØDE Microphones:

April 1st, 2018 Australian pro audio brand RØDE Microphones is thrilled to announce the return of My RØDE Reel, the world’s largest short film competition. Now in its 5th year, the global competition is back with even more incredible prizes and opportunities offering a whopping $1 MILLION PRIZE POOL and 30 CATEGORIES to enter.

This year boasts 30 categories, both budding and professional filmmakers are encouraged to enter. You can shoot your entry on any kind of camera, whether a cinema camera or a smartphone.

To be in the running, entrants are required to create a short film of 3 minutes or less, and a behind-the-scenes featurette showcasing the RØDE product/s used in the making of the film. It’s that simple.

My RØDE Reel

RØDE has teamed up with some of the world's most respected brands in filmmaking to assemble this year’s giant prize pool, valued at an incredible $1 MILLION.

These brands include: Blackmagic Design, Zhiyun, Musicbed, MZed, Blastwave FX, FuzzMeasure, Movcam, Rhino, Miller, Astora, Angelbird, Freefly, CamCaddie, FilmConvert, Lowepro, Red Giant, Moment, Atomos, iOgrapher, Adobe, JOBY, Michael Wiese Productions, APHEX and SoundField.


This year the 6 MAJOR PRIZES return, including:

  • Judges’ Film Award for the best short film, chosen by the 2018 panel of judges
  • People’s Choice Award for the most popular short film
  • Female Filmmaker Award for the best short film by a female filmmaker. This award was introduced in 2016 to encourage and celebrate women in the film industry
  • Young Filmmaker Award for the best short film by an entrant under 18 years

The best behind-the-scenes film awards include:

  • Educational BTS Award for the most informative behind-the-scenes
  • Entertaining BTS Award for the most entertaining behind-the-scenes


A new category for 2018 – The Pitch – offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance for budding creatives to win a year-long, all-expenses-paid job as a Video Content Producer at RØDE HQ in Sydney, Australia! To enter, creators send a compelling 3-minutes-max showreel or “pitch” to explain why they should work at RØDE.

More information and a complete list of categories – including genre categories and awards for technical excellence – can be found at


This year’s judging panel consists of four incredible individuals involved in the film industry. Grace Randolph is host and creator of Beyond The Trailer on YouTube, which currently has an incredible 500 million views and 700K subscribers.

Clara Chong is an Australian writer and director at Main Course Films. She has made documentaries, television and varied content, including Wild Squad Adventures (2017) and From the Outback to the World (2011).

Julia Swain is an acclaimed cinematographer, with a resume that boasts Women of Light (2018) and Goodnight, Gracie (2017).

Kirsty Whalley is an acclaimed music and score mixer/editor, with over 120 films to her credit, including this year’s Best Picture Oscar Winner The Shape of Water (2017) and Justice League (2017).


“We’ve made it to the 5th year of My RØDE Reel,” says Damien Wilson, CEO of RØDE Microphones. “With our biggest ever $1 Million prize pool and even more categories to enter, we hope filmmakers around the world continue to be inspired to enter. Each year the film entries for My RØDE Reel get better and more creative – I can’t wait to see what incredible films our entrants have to offer in 2018, and I am really looking forward to meeting the winner of The Pitch.”

Last year’s My RØDE Reel received an incredible 1,520 total entries from over 80 countries around the globe. The competition grows consistently each year, and this year is expected to be no different.

Entries for My RØDE Reel 2018 are open from April 1st and close July 31st, 2018. Entry is FREE. Download the FREE Starter Pack here:

About RØDE Microphones:

RØDE Microphones ( designs and manufactures high-quality microphones and related accessories for studio, live and location use. Its products are designed and primarily manufactured in Sydney, Australia and exported to over 113 countries globally.

(cover photo credit: snap from RØDE Microphones)


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