Now in its 6th year, My RØDE Reel is once again putting on the world’s largest filmmaking competition. This year, Rode has 3 judges and 28 categories, and the winners will take home a collective $1 million in prizes.
The rules for the competition are simple. You make a short film under 3 minutes, using Rode gear in some way (which isn’t hard, considering practically everyone has a Rode mic in their bag or on their camera), and then you submit your film, and bam, you’re done.
Actually there’s one more step, and it’s pretty genius of Rode to include it in the competition. While you’re making your short film, they want you to capture BTS footage, including some shots of you using Rode products, and then edit it into a 3 minute film.
For us, the BTS films are maybe the most entertaining part of My Rode Reel. The competition is truly global, so it’s amazing to see the variety of filmmaking locations, scenes, setups, crew, and gear used around the world.
Plus, there’s the built-in audience. It’s not only the judges who are watching your film, but also the other participants around the globe, who all share a love of filmmaking and the spirit of competition.
To enter, all you need to do is head over to the My Rode Reel website, register and download your starter pack, and submit everything by August 28.
The main short film has to be between 1 to 3 minutes, but there doesn’t seem to be restrictions on length of the BTS film.
My Rode Reel Prizes
There’s over $1 million in prizes this year, and they range from Rode mics, gear from their partners, to software, education, and music and footage licenses.
The prizes are too many to list, and there’s multiple categories. But just so you have an idea of what to expect, the Judges Winner alone will take home everything listed below.
- RØDE NTG3
- RØDE NTG4+
- RØDE NT55
- RØDE Blimp
- RØDE smartLav+ x4
- RØDELink Filmmaker Kit x2
- RØDELink Newsshooter Kit x2
- RØDE Reporter
- RØDE Complete Studio Kit
- RØDE Stereo VideoMic X
- RØDE VideoMic Pro+
- RØDE Deadcat VMP+
- RØDE Invisilav 10pk x3
- RØDE VideoMicro
- RØDE Boompole Pro
- RØDE WS7
- RØDE WS6
- RØDE SC1
- RØDE SC3
- RØDE SC4
- RØDE SC6
- RØDE SC7
- RØDE SC6-L Mobile Interview Kit
- RØDE Wireless GO
- Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro G2, Viewfinder, Shoulder Mount, Battery Plate
- Zhiyun Smooth 4, Crane 3 LAB, Weebill LAB, Crane 2, Crane Plus
- FuzzMeasure Commercial Licence
- Movcam Cold Shoe Block
- MZed Full Course Subscription
- MusicBed 1 Year Business Subscription
- Blastwave FX Blastdrive 3.0, Sound Effects Bible, Location Sound Bible
- Rhino Ultimate Bundle
- Wipster 250gb Video feedback & Collaboration (1 year Subscription)
- Freefly MOVI Pro Handheld Bundle
- Red Giant Shooter Suite, Magic Bullet Suite
- FilmConvert Bundle Licence
- Cam Caddie Flashner Kit (4in, 8in, 12in), Scorpion EX Pro Kit
- Yololiv Live Stream Studio
- Lumecube Professional Lighting Kit
- GoPro Hero7 Black, Mic Adaptor, Rechargeable Battery, Fusion Grip
- Sigma Cine Lense 20mm T1.5 FF, Still Lense 18-35 F1.8
- Manfrotto 612 CF MS Kit, Reloader Air-55
- iOgrapher Multi Case
- Michael Wiese Productions Book Pack
- Adobe 12 month CC Subscription
- Angelbird SSD2GO PKT 512gb
- JOBY 3K PRO Rig Kit
- Lowepro Freelink 350 AW
- Rayzr MC200
- Vibesta Peragos Disk 30C RGBWW Light
- Pelican V550 Vault Equipment Case, R20 Personal Utility Ruck Case
My Rode Reel Categories
This year there are 19 categories of winners, and each category will take home a lot of prizes. Here’s a full list
- Best Drama
- Best Horror
- Best Comedy
- Best Documentary
- Best Action
- Best Non-English
- Best Sci-fi
- Best Music Video
- Best Vlog
- Best VR
- Judges’ Film
- People’s Choice
- Best Female Filmmaker
- Best BTS – Educational
- Best BTS – Entertainment
- Best Young Filmmaker
- Best Sound Design
- Best Soundtrack
- Best Cinematography
- Best Art Direction
- Best Location
- Best Acting
- Best Visual Effects
- Best Camera Phone
- Best Japanese Film
- Best Chinese Film
- Best Korean Film
- Best Indian Film
My RØDE Reel Judges
Ryan Connolly – acclaimed filmmaker
Ryan Connolly is a filmmaker, internet personality and presenter best known for his web series Film Riot, which has gained over 1.4-million subscribers. He has also written and directed 15 short films, including PROXiMITY, UFOh Yeah, Ghost House, SENTiNEL and, most recently, BALLiSTIC – his biggest production yet. Collectively, Ryan’s short films have amassed almost 10-million views.
Grace Randolph – Host & Creator of ‘Beyond the Trailer’ YouTube channel
As the host & creator of Beyond The Trailer on YouTube, Grace is the one of the most esteemed film commentators on the platform, as well as the top female critic. Her trailer reactions, box office reports and interviews with celebrities altogether boast a whopping half-a-billion views on YouTube, with over 800k fans subscribing to her channel. Grace studied film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and had her own comedy group that performed in Times Square and NY’s famed Comedy Cellar.
Dan Mace – YouTube star and winner of My RØDE Reel 2015
Dan Mace is a multi-faceted, multi-award-winning filmmaker. Since winning the My RØDE Reel Judges’ Film prize in 2015, Dan’s rise has been as meteoric as it has been organic: 700k+ followers on YouTube, 230k+ on Instagram and 90k+ on Twitter. He is known for his high-quality films that span a variety of industry categories, as well as his dedication to craft and from-the-heart content.