Are you an indie filmmaker looking to up your game? RODE Microphones is holding an international film competition and they have over $70,000 in filmmaking gear (pictured above) that they’re looking to give out to those talented enough to stand out from the crowd.

The entry requirements are simple. To enter My Rode Reel, shoot a video of any type (theatrical, documentary, music video, etc) and on any topic of up to five minutes. Here’s where RODE’s promotion comes in: you must use a RODE microphone somewhere in the production and show it in a behind-the-scenes video. Then upload the film and the behind-the-scenes video to YouTube with “My RODE Reel 2014” at the end of the titles. Then, go to the My Rode Reel website and fill out the entry form and you’re in. This must be done between March 1st and May 31st.

If you’re already a filmmaker, you can throw a RODE microphone into the mix and do your thing. You’ve got nothing to lose and some seriously good equipment to win. Below, you’ll find the full press release as well as two videos – one talking about the competition and one giving tips and tricks. Good luck!

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Wednesday February 26th 2014, Sydney Australia Pro-audio brand RDE Microphones is excited to announce the My RDE Reel international short film competition, conceived to nurture emerging, independent filmmakers and give them the opportunity to share in more than US$70,000 in prizes.
Running from March until June, the aim of the My RDE Reel contest is to encourage filmmakers from all walks of life to get out in the field, creating films and continually improve their craft.
Entrants to My RDE Reel are required to create a short film of five minutes or less, as well as a behind-the-scenes reel that features a RDE microphone being used during the production of the film. RDE has provided an entry pack that steps through the process, as well as templates for scripting, storyboarding and more, available now by registering at
There are three main prizes of filmmaking gear available to win — a judges prize for the short film, a judges prize for the behind-the-scenes reel, and a publicly voted prize for the short film. Additional category prizes are available for Best Sound Design, Best Soundtrack and more.
The total prize pool is valued at more than US$70,000 and includes BlackMagic and GoPro cameras, Carl Zeiss lenses, Miller tripods, RedRock Micro rigs, SmallHD and Teradek monitoring equipment, Kessler sliders and jibs, ThinkTank Photo bags, Event studio monitors, G-Technology storage, TetherTools accessories, software from Adobe and RedGiant, licensing credit from The Music Bed, and of course plenty of RDE microphones. A full list of the prize packs is available at
RDE has brought together a respected judging panel for My RDE Reel that includes such inspirational filmmakers as Philip Bloom, FIlmRiot host Ryan Connolly and Devin Graham, best known from his high-adrenalin YouTube channel Devin SuperTramp.
Film competitions are fantastic ways to encourage people to push their creativity in ways they don’t normally. commented Philip Bloom. The My RDE Reel competition will not only do that with its high profile, but help the filmmakers with terrific exposure! I can’t wait to see what people come up with!
If getting your work seen by industry pros like Philip Bloom and having the chance to win some of these amazing prizes doesnt get you off the couch, I dont know what will! added Ryan Connolly.
Devin Graham was equally excited to be involved: This contest gives filmmakers an amazing opportunity to grow, learn from each other, and win some amazing prizes that will take them to the next level.
To help aspiring filmmakers with their entries, RDE has produced an educational series of tips & tricks videos. Hosted by Ryan Connolly and Olivia Speranza, the course guides viewers through the filmmaking process from pre-production through to shooting and on to post-production and distribution.
Entries for My RDE Reel are open from March 1st and close May 31st. As an earlybird bonus, all entries accepted during March will receive a free copy of RedGiants PluralEyes audio synchronization software, valued at $199.


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