Awards Phase Concludes for 2017 My RØDE Reel Competition

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

With the issuing of the coveted Judges Prize, the awards phase of the 2017 My RØDE Reel Film Competition has concluded, and this year, there was a record number of submissions from over 86 countries all over the world. But who took the prize?

RØDE Microphones is excited to announce ‘My RØDE Reel’ has wrapped its fourth year, with a record 1520 films entered (up 24% from 2016’s 1224 films), along with another 1520 behind-the-scenes films. It confirms My RØDE Reel’s status as The World’s Largest Short Film Competition. – My RØDE Reel Competition Press Release

The first of twenty three awards handed out during this phase is the coveted Judges Prize, and after viewing over 1520 short films and their companion behind the scenes segments (up 24% from 2016), the judges awards Midnight Toker by Camp 905 with the top honors. “Midnight Toker was a really fun homage to classic films,” said judge Philip Bloom. “Very well executed both visually and in audio, with great direction. I was impressed and entertained. A clever film.”

The comedy thriller came from the winner of the Best Female Filmmaker category in 2016 and Canadian filmmaker/director Bea Macapagal is the first female filmmaker to take the top judges honor in the competition’s four year history.  The film tells the story of a hard working toker who takes a break with his favorite weed and ends up going on quite a trip.

“The quality this year has – almost unbelievably – improved again on last year. Congratulations to you all.” – RØDE’s CEO Damien Wilson

But the Judges’ award wasn’t the only winning category that RØDE’s was giving honors for. The judges had their hands full this year, as the general agreement was that the quality of competition this year far outweighed the offerings in previous MRR competitions. “I thought these films were outstanding and (set) such a high standard,” said My RØDE Reel Ambassador and Judge, actor-director Matilda Brown. “I have judged so many film comps and I really was so impressed, humbled and excited by these films. Well done, everyone.”

Other winners in the Major Categories included:

  • People’s Choice: Ausente (Ecuador) Dir: Diego Ulloa May Valencia
  • Female Filmmaker: Franca (Italy) Patrizia Fazzi and Antonella Barbera
  • Best Young Filmmaker: Texto (France) Dir: Julien Giardin
  • Best BTS – Educational: Danger In The Clear(USA) Dir: Sean, Render3 Media
  • Best BTS – Entertaining: 21st Century Breakup (Scotland) Dir: Oscar Jacques, Eliot Rhys



Next came the genre and technical winners, and those included:

Genre Winners:

  • Best Drama – FireFlies, Aram Atkinson
  • Best Horror – The Fridge, Melon Crate
  • Best Comedy – Hot Coffee, Bluewave Film
  • Best Documentary – Donut Dynamite, Austin Alimbuyuguen
  • Best Action – The Block, Mountainbar Productions
  • Best SciFi – Silas, Bearwallow Pictures
  • Best Music Video – Heart Shaped Locket, Falstaff Mitchell
  • Best Vlog – San Fran Travel Vlog, Nicholas Acosta
  • Best TVC – Save the World, Alexander Ramirez/Joel Calderon
  • Best VR – My Name is Earn, Compassion+ Panedia Crew

Technical Award Winners:

  • Best Sound Design – Dinner Tales of an Assassin, InterCloud Filmworks
  • Best Soundtrack – Box, Redtakes
  • Best Cinematography – Building Visions, Claudiu Voicu
  • Best Art Direction – Tea’s The Life for Me, Herbie Elton-Rowley
  • Best Location – ATKA, Nomad Visuals
  • Best Visual Effects – SHELTER, Matias Kuykendall
  • Best Camera Phone Film – 1994,  Centro Atriano Di Ricerca Audio Visiva
  • Best Acting – The Pants Society, Brandon Jono Riley

Regional Winners:

  • Best Japanese Film – Foxhole Named Kamikaze, Rokuji Cinema Organization
  • Best Chinese Film – Childhood Friend, James Ho Chu
  • Best Korean Film – WORKOUT, Doyon Hwang/TEAM2470
  • Best Indian Film – Happy Anniversary, Father Productions

With the taking of top honors, each winner received a prize package that includes a Blackmagic Design cinema camera, just about every single microphone in RØDE’s product line, a Freefly MōVI Pro handheld bundle, a 50mm f 1.5 Milvus Lens by Zeiss, and an Atomos External monitor recorder. These are just small sampling of the immense package worth well over $500,000.

You can check out all the winners at, then get planning for next year, because RØDE’s CEO Damien Wilson says the competition will continue to get bigger and better. “I’m so proud of My RØDE Reel and all the inspirational filmmakers out there who continue to dazzle us with their wonderful creativity,” said Wilson. “Next year will be bigger than ever.”

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