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My RØDE Reel 2017 - That's a wrap!




Friday 4TH August 2017, Sydney AustraliaRØDE Microphones is excited to announce ‘My RØDE Reel’ has wrapped its fourth year, with a record 1520 films entered (up 24% from 2016’s 1224 films), along with another 1520 behind-the-scenes films. It confirms My RØDE Reel’s status as The World’s Largest Short Film Competition.

The global reach continues to rise as well, with entries coming in from over 86 countries, including an enormous 356 films from China, a year-on-year increase of 138%.

RØDE Microphones was proud to award 11 genre prizes, 8 technical prizes and four regional prizes (China, India, Japan and South Korea) as well as the six major categories (listed below).

In a hotly contested field, the winner for the Judges’ Prize for 2017 is comedy-thriller Midnight Toker, from Canadian filmmaking team Camp 905 (whose 2016 entry Tik-Tik won Best Female Filmmaker). Director Bea Macapagal is the first female filmmaker to win the top gong in the competition’s history.


Midnight Toker


Judge Phillip Bloom said Midnight Toker was, “A really fun homage to classic films. Very well executed both visually and in audio, with great direction. I was impressed and entertained. A clever film.”

My RØDE Reel Ambassador and Judge, actor-director Matilda Brown was blown away by the standard, “I thought these films were outstanding and such a high standard. I have judged so many film comps and I really was so impressed by these films. I'm a tough critic but I was humbled and excited by these films. Well done, everyone.”




The Major Prize Winners were:

  • Judges’ Prize: Midnight Toker (Canada) Dir: Bea Macapagal
  • People’s Choice: Ausente (Ecuador) Dir: Diego Ulloa and May Valencia 
  • Female Filmmaker: Franca (Italy) Patrizia Fazzi and Antonella Barbera
  • Best Young Filmmaker: Texto (France) Dir: Julien Giardin
  • Best BTS – Educational: Danger In The Clear (USA) Dir: Sean, Render3 Media
  • Best BTS – Entertaining: 21st Century Breakup (Scotland) Dir: Oscar Jacques, Eliot Rhys


RØDE’s CEO Damien Wilson was similarly impressed. “The quality this year has – almost unbelievably – improved again on last year. I’m so proud of My RØDE Reel and all the inspirational filmmakers out there who continue to dazzle us with their wonderful creativity. Congratulations to you all for the incredible content produced through the competition’s life in 2017. Next year, will be bigger than ever!

RØDE Microphones brought together the most respected brands in filmmaking, to assemble an incredible prize pool valued at more than $500,000, to be divided amongst the 25 winners. 

Head to to watch all the incredible films entered in 2017!