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  • March 2nd 2015
My RØDE Reel Competition 2015

Win over US$200,000 worth of Prizes!

Monday March 2nd 2015, Sydney Australia – Pro-audio brand RØDE Microphones is excited to announce that the ‘My RØDE Reel’ international short film competition - first launched in 2014 to huge international acclaim - will return in 2015, with an increased total prize pool of more than $200,000 in prizes.
My RØDE Reel’s inaugural competition saw RØDE receive a staggering 1,120 entries from 76 countries worldwide, with nine category winners sharing a total prize pool of over $70,000, making it the largest short film competition of its kind.

Entrants to ‘My RØDE Reel’ are required to create a short film of three minutes or less, as well as a behind-the-scenes reel that features a RØDE product being used during the production of the film. RØDE has provided an entry pack that steps through the process, as well as templates for scripting, storyboarding and more, available now by registering at

There are three main awards and prize packs of filmmaking gear available to win -- a Judges’ Film award for the best short film in competition, a Judges’ BTS award for the best behind-the-scenes reel, and a publicly voted People’s Choice award for the most popular short film.  Each of these award winners will be presented with an enviable production filmmaking kit valued at more than US$40,000.

Additional technical and genre awards and prize packs are available for Best Sound Design, Best Soundtrack and more, and for the first time in 2015 RØDE has announced a Young Filmmaker award, to acknowledge and encourage entrants under the age of 18.

Joining an incredible list of sponsors and bringing the 2015 total prize pool to more than $200,000 are Atomos and Freefly Systems, supplying their Shogun 4K RAW Recorder and MOVI M5 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer respectively to multiple prize packs.  They join an already illustrious list of sponsors including BlackMagic, Carl Zeiss lenses, Miller tripods, RedRock Micro rigs, SmallHD and Teradek monitoring equipment, Kessler sliders and jibs, ThinkTank Photo bags, Event studio monitors, G-Technology storage solutions, software from Adobe and RedGiant, licensing credit from The Music Bed and Film Supply, and of course plenty of RØDE microphones. A full list of the prize packs is available at

Once again, RØDE has brought together a respected judging panel for ‘My RØDE Reel’ that includes inspirational pioneer filmmakers Philip Bloom, Ryan Connolly, Vincent LaForet and Rodney Charters.
“Last year’s My RØDE Reel was really one of the best film competitions I have ever judged.” commented Philip Bloom. “The calibre of entries from all over the world was superb. I can’t wait to see what we get this year, it’s going to be even better I am sure."

"I’m really excited to engage with the next generation of filmmakers and to see what they come up with in the RODE Reel competition in 2015” added Vincent LaForet. “2014 was an impressive year and I can’t wait to see what they come up with this time!"

Putting its “money where its mouth is”, RØDE has put together its own short film plus a complete series of behind the scenes tutorials to highlight the production process. Hosted by filmmaker Clinton Harn and the RØDE Production team, the course guides viewers through the filmmaking process from pre-production through to shooting and on to post-production.

Entries for ‘My RØDE Reel’ are open from March 2nd and close June 1st. All entrants will receive the exclusive 2015 My RØDE Reel Directors T-shirt, and a free subscription to Hollywood DP Shane Hurlbut’s “Inner Circle” online community.

Visit now to learn more.

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 100 countries globally. 

What is My RØDE Reel?
An international short film competition, My RØDE Reel was first run in 2014 and blew away all expectations with an overwhelming 1,120 entries from 76 different countries! With such a huge level of involvement from the international filmmaking community My RØDE Reel easily became the world’s largest short film competition, and this year is set to be even bigger with an incredible $200,000 worth of prizes to be won.

The world’s biggest short film competition...

How does it work?
Entrants must create their own short film of three minutes or less, along with an accompanying behind-the-scenes video showing how the film was made and featuring a RØDE product in use.

Both videos must commence with the My RØDE Reel title card (available from, and then be uploaded to YouTube.

Entrants then visit and submit their entry.

What are the prizes?
Over $200,000 in prizes are up for grabs across four major awards, eight technical awards and seven genre awards.

My RØDE Reel 2015

JUDGES’ film Award

The highest award in the My RØDE Reel competition, this film is judged to be the very best short film in competition. The winner of this award will receive a complete production kit valued at more than $40,000!

Judges’ BTS Award
This is awarded to the behind-the-scenes video that is deemed to be the best of all in competition, providing insight into how the film was made. The winner will walk away with another production kit valued at $33,000!

People’s Choice Award
This prize is awarded to the most popular film in competition, as voted by the general public. Voting commences March 2nd, and closes on Midday July 3rd (AEST - Australian Eastern Standard Time). The winner will also receive a complete production kit valued at more than $40,000!

Young Filmmaker Award
New to the 2015 competition, this award is designed to recognise an emerging filmmaker under 18 years of age. The lucky winner will receive a production kit worth almost $20,000!

Technical Awards
This year My RØDE Reel has eight awards that aim to recognise excellence in different technical areas of filmmaking, namely:
Best Cinematography Best Art Direction Best Visual Effects Best Acting
Best Sound Design Best Soundtrack Best Location
Best Cameraphone Entry
Each winner of a My RØDE Reel Technical Award will receive a prize package valued between $2,000 and $3,000.

Genre Awards
These seven awards are designed to recognise the most outstanding film entries in a specific film genre, including:
Best Comedy Best Action Best Drama Best Horror Best Sci-Fi
Best Documentary Best Non-English film
All My RØDE Reel Genre Award winners will receive a prize pack valued at almost $3,000 each.

Who are the judges?

vincent laforet Vincent LaForet
A Pulitzer Prize-winning still photographer, Vincent began experimenting with film in 2008 and quickly became a pioneer in the field, often one of the very first filmmakers to adapt to new techniques and technology.

Ryan Connolly

Ryan is one of the most exciting of a new generation of filmmakers. His production company, Triune Films, has produced a number of successful short films, and his educational program FilmRiot has a huge following with over 600,000 subscribers.

rodney chartersRodney Charters
Making his start as a location sound engineer, Rodney moved behind the camera in the 1980s and hasn’t looked back. His most mainstream credits include Director and DP for TV series 24 (for which he was Emmy-nominated) and Dallas.

philip bloomPhilip Bloom
Along with Vincent, Philip pioneered DSLR filmmaking and was instrumental in the democratisation of cinematography and film over the past decade. His blog and online platforms are an invaluable resource for filmmakers of all levels.

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