Okay, I'm assuming that I am now speaking to those whose heads didn't explode. This is the second year of RØDE's short film competition, My RØDE Reel, in which filmmakers are asked to enter original short films along with behind the scenes video that shows them using RØDE products. Judges this year are Vincent LaForet, Rodney Charters, Philip Bloom, and Ryan Connolly.

Your short film must be original and no longer than 3 minutes long. If you're a little bit stumped on where to start, no worries. My RØDE Reel isn't just about sending your work out into the ether in hopes of receiving a fat check -- it's about learning. You can find lots of tutorials and how-to videos on the site that show you how to do everything from writing scripts to processing audio (and everything in-between). So, even if you're not interested in competing, you can still walk away with some great (and free) filmmaking lessons.

If you are competing, though, you're probably like, "Get to the goods, V, you fool!" Okay, fine. Prizes! Lots and lots of prizes worth lots and lots of money! We're talking a Blackmagic Production Cinema Camera 4K , an MōVI M5, Zeiss lenses, an Atomos Shogun, Kessler sliders, a 1-year subscription to Adobe CC, and (obviously) more RØDE gear than you can shake a stick at.

To learn about all the truly incredible stuff you could win, you can click here, or check out the videos below:

All you need to do to enter is make a short film between 60 seconds and 3 minutes in length, make a BTS video showing the judges how you used RØDE products to make your film, include the My RØDE Reel title card to both videos, upload them to YouTube, then finish up by filling out the entry form. Submissions close midday, June 1, 2015 AEST, so be sure to mark it on your calendars.

If you're ready to go, enter your submission here.

Good luck!

Be sure to read the full Terms and Conditions of the competition before entering.

Source: My RØDE Reel