My RØDE Reel Film Competition Returns, Cracks $1 Million Prize Barrier

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

The largest short film contest on the planet has just gotten larger, as the 2018 My RØDE Reel Short film competition has returned with over a Million Dollars in prizes!  And there’s more ways to enter with a whopping 30 different categories, making it bigger and better than ever.

“We’ve made it to the 5th year of My RØDE Reel. 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.” –  says Damien Wilson, CEO of RØDE Microphones

We all knew that RØDE would eventually crack the million dollar ceiling in prizes. In it’s fifth straight year, My RØDE Reel has gradually grown to the point where this worldwide short film competition made it inevitable. Prizes from brands include Blackmagic Design, Zhiyun, Musicbed, MZed, Blastwave FX, FuzzMeasure, Movcam, Rhino, Miller, Astora, Angelbird, Freefly, CamCaddie, FilmConvert, Lowepro, Red Giant Software, Moment Lenses, Atomos, iOgrapher, Adobe, JOBY, Michael Wiese Productions, APHEX and SoundField.

In addition to the size of the prize kitty that RØDE has put together, the competition has also grown in the number of total entries. Since it’s inception in 2013, My RØDE Reel has reached over 1500 entries from over 80 countries last year. And this year should be even larger.

But with all the growth of this great short film competition, the rules are essentially the same: Entrants are required to submit a short film of three minutes or less, plus a behind the scenes featurette that prominently features the RØDE products that contestants have used in creating their short film entry. And to sweeten the pot, Rode is offering a free dead cat wind shield with the purchase of any VideoMic Pro or Pro+ mic you buy for the competition (see website for details).

That’s pretty much it, with the exception of owning the copyright to any music used, and you must use the My RØDE Reel bumpers included in the downloadable Starter Pack.

Categories include:

  • Vlog
  • Television commercial
  • Virtual Reality/360° Video
  • Drama
  • Horror
  • Comedy
  • Documentary
  • Action
  • Non-English
  • Sci-fi
  • Music Video

The 6 major prize categories also 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

Additionally, There is a new category for 2018 called “THE PITCH,” where competitors will be able to submit a 2 minute show reel pitch to win a year-long, all expenses paid job at Video Content Producer at RODE HQ in Sydney, Australia. A list of each individual prize package can be seen here.

Entries will be accepted from now until midnight, July 31st, 2018. To enter and download your Starter Pack, head over to And if you enter, drop us a note on Facebook or Twitter so we can root for you!





About James DeRuvo 801 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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