Over $70k of Prizes Are up for Grabs in the 'My Røde Reel' International Short Film Competition

Røde’s latest promotional effort brings together top companies from every corner of the film industry to offer $70,000 in prizes to encourage filmmakers to get creative. By submitting a short film of up to 5 minutes in length with a supplemental behind-the-scenes video showing the use of a Røde microphone you can win cameras, gear and software from Adobe, Blackmagic, Miller, Kessler, and many others. No Film School’s Joe Marine caught up with Ryan Connolly and Olivia Speranza at NAB to talk about how it works, why they are excited to be involved and important deadlines for the contest. Watch the video after the jump and learn everything you need to know.

Important Deadlines:

  • May 31st — Entries close
  • June 9th — Category Prize winners announced
  • June 16 — Judge's BTS Prize winner announced
  • June 18th — Judge's Film Prize winner announced
  • June 23 — Public voting closes, People's Choice Prize winner announced

What do you think about this contest? Will you be submitting a piece? Let us know in the comments below and stay up to date with this week's announcements at our NAB master post.



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A little deceiving, though still generous of Rode to award the $70k value in prizes: there will only be four winners out of the numerous entries that already number over a hundred with another month to go (so the odds are lower than you might think). Also, a quick look at the panel of judges, and you'll get a sense of well-known biases, temperaments, etc.

April 10, 2014 at 11:27AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Yet another article, in case we missed the first one or the obvious Rode ads and marketing already on this site. It's like doing a NAB write up on Limelight when their a sponsor for your NAB coverage. I work in news, I get it but it feels dirty, a little like this...


April 10, 2014 at 11:50AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


I hear ya, but we've covered about 30 companies at NAB (with more to come) and only 2 of those are our NAB sponsors... and it's not like we covered them with our first, or longest, videos. It's a funny clip but I don't feel we've treated Rode or Limelite any differently on-screen than we have the other companies we're covering (which aren't sponsoring our NAB coverage)...

April 10, 2014 at 12:31PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM

Ryan Koo

Sweet as dude, no harm in promoting your sponsor, we all gotta make money and we all gotta eat

April 10, 2014 at 5:03PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM

Todd Adtler

With all the information and useful articles you guys put out for us to read for free, yea I don't mind the promos. So don't mind Stephen and the Stephens of the world. If it was up to them everything everywhere would be free and useful things would just magically appear.

April 12, 2014 at 11:16AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Yeah I hate money too

April 10, 2014 at 1:05PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


It's not a lottery Paul, it's not about the odds. It's down to your talent and creativity.

April 10, 2014 at 11:50AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


The critique is just that most people will spend a lot of time on hopeful submissions, who are on the margins of a very small elite batch of experienced filmmakers winning just four prizes (and really just one for overall quality); they'll be the type who are in with or similar to the quasi-celebrity panel of judges -- a few of whom, it could fairly be said, are insufferably egomaniacal (one of them tries to talk as fast as possible, and the other gives regular updates on his cats and how he feels on any given day)...

This is apart from the fact that I like Rode products a lot and it's always cool when companies act generously. Stephen makes a good point, though, about how this is basically a matter of corporate advertising in the end. I especially felt that way about AbelCine riling up filmmakers to compete in a documentary contest, with three lonely winners of mere rentals off the used shelves.

April 10, 2014 at 12:45PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Def plan on submitting STREETERS: airfoxmedia.com/streeters.html


April 10, 2014 at 12:20PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


last year i just entered a half ass mini doc and they gave everyone a Rodemic pro just for entering. So i think even if you just enter youll win something.

April 11, 2014 at 8:23PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM



Last year i remember the final videos were chosen by people online.
One video won, and in the opinion of many, there were other better videos.

Is this again about who will make the best networking job, with hired clickers and shit like that, or will we have a professional jury that will choose the best project?

It's very important to know this, i hope someone can answer to this question.

Thank you!

April 13, 2014 at 12:43PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM

Jean Di Lorenzo

Anyone knows of any other privately sponsored film competitions ? My rode reel only accepts films that are under 5 minutes in length. Thanks

June 2, 2014 at 5:00AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


A lot of great entries now that it has come to a close. Did any of you guys enter? I'd love to see them. Here' s the short I submitted:

June 3, 2014 at 11:09AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM



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