RØDE Microphones has announced the return of the “World’s Largest Short Film Competition,” My RØDE Reel, with $1 million in cash to be won.

RØDE is billing it as the biggest cash prize ever offered in a short film competition. Entries are open now and close Wednesday, October 7.

Over the last six years, more than 16,000 films have been submitted to the competition from 94 different countries, with RØDE giving away over $3.5 million in prizes to both emerging and established filmmakers.

The winners of My RØDE Reel 2020 will receive a share of US$1 million.

“Giving creatives a leg up has always been fundamental to what we do as a company,” says RØDE CEO Damien Wilson. “Whether it’s been through giving away gear, awarding scholarships or providing a platform to get their work in front of a huge audience, the objective of My RØDE Reel has always been to help filmmakers take the next step in their career.”

“We are incredibly excited to be giving away this massive cash prize,” he continues. “People in the film industry are doing it tough right now. This year, we wanted to not only give entrants the chance to win RØDE mics and awesome gear, but also offer a substantial amount of money to help kickstart the career of the next big thing, fund new projects, or cover living expenses so filmmakers can continue to work through these trying times. This money will make a big difference for a lot of people.”

The top three films for each of the competition categories will win a share in the $1 million cash prize pool except for the major prize, the Judges’ Choice, which has just one life-changing prize of $200,000.

There are 10 categories in total: five genre categories – Drama, Comedy, Action, Documentary, Animation and Behind-The-Scenes – and five special categories – Judges Choice, People’s Choice, Sound Design, Young Filmmaker, and Best Chinese Film. All-in-all, 28 filmmakers will win a share in the prize money.

As well as the cash prize pool, RØDE is giving away 10 prize packs to the winners of the 10 categories. These are loaded with gear from the world’s leading filmmaking brands, including Lumix, Nanlite, Zhiyun, Mzed, Musicbed, Rhino, Adobe, Brevite, Pelican, Arri and RØDE microphones and accessories.

Visit the My RØDE Reel website for more information

Jon Creamer