My RØDE Reel International Short Film competition now accepting entries 

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The My RØDE Reel International Short Film competition is now accepting entries for 2021. This year the competition is offering its largest ever major cash prize, with the Judge’s Choice winner set to take home USD $250,000 in cash.

There will also be product prizes from RØDE, as well as competition sponsors Nanlite, Zhiyun, MZed, Musicbed, Adobe, Pelican, ARRI, DZOFIlm and Insta360 up for grabs in this year’s prize pool.  

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Entrants are required to make a 3-minute short film, as well as a 3-minute behind-the-scenes film that features at least one RØDE product. Then as a final step, entrants need to upload both short films to Youtube and then submit them to the competition at

The brief for the short film is completely open, but you can use the prize categories as a guide for developing a theme for your short film.

This year’s prize categories are: Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Behind-the-scenes, People’s Choice, Young Filmmaker, Sound Design and Best Chinese Film. Each of these category winners, except for best Chinese film, will walk away with USD $10,000 as well as some other product prizes. 

The Best Chinese Film category has eight cash prizes on offer with  USD $20,000 to be awarded to first place, USD $10,000 to awarded to second place, USD $10,000 to be awarded to third place, and five USD $1,000 to be awarded as ‘Highly Commended' prizes in the category. 

The full list of prizes can be viewed on the competition website here. 

The competition organisers have shared that since the competition’s inception in 2014, more than 20,000 films have been submitted to My RØDE Reel from over 100 countries around the world. You could be part of this community of creative filmmakers this year, you just need to get filming. 

Entries close at 10AM AEDT on Wednesday October 20, 2021. To find out more about the competition and about how to enter your short film, you can visit the website here. 

Lacking inspiration? Check out last year's winners here. 

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