Frequently Asked Questions

Entry Requirements

QWhat qualifies my entry into the 'Best RØDE TVC' category?

To qualify for the 'Best RØDE TVC' category, the entry must be a TV Commercial for RØDE Microphones, no longer than 30 seconds in length.

The 'BTS Video' that accompanies your TVC main entry, can be 60 seconds to 3 minutes in length.

QWhat qualifies my entry into the 'Best Virtual Reality' category?

To qualify for the 'Best VR' category, your entry must be filmed with a VR or 360 degree camera, and incorporate in-frame movement as part of the film.

The film can cover any topic you like, as long as it suits the VR format.

QWhat qualifies my entry into the 'Best Vlog' category?

To qualify for the 'Best Vlog' category, people appearing in the film must address the camera in a 1st person narrative style. 

The vlog can cover any topic you like, as long as it suits the 1st person vlog format. 

QWhat are the requirements of entry for My RØDE Reel 2018?

To participate in My RØDE Reel 2018, entrants must create and produce an original short film of a minimum of 60 seconds and a maximum of 3 minutes in duration.

A behind-the-scenes component – also between 60 seconds and 3 minutes in duration - is also to be included showing a RØDE Product in the use of the production, and both films are to begin with the official My RØDE Reel 2018 Title Card, which is supplied in your official entry pack.

The only exception to these times are entries into the 'Best RØDE TVC' category, for which the main entry video must be no longer than 30 seconds in length. The accompanying BTS can still be 60 seconds to 3 minutes in length.

QWhat are the time limits for the short film and behind-the-scenes videos?

All My RØDE Reel short film entries and BTS videos must be at least sixty seconds in length and no longer than three minutes in length, except for entries into the RØDE TVC Category.

Entries into the RØDE TVC Category must be a maximum of 30 seconds in length.

Videos which exceed these maximum time limits will not be accepted in the entry form.

QDo I have to use a RØDE product to enter?

All My RØDE Reel entries require a RØDE product to be used and shown in the "behind-the-scenes" video. This can be a RØDE microphone or accessory.

QHow long does the title card have to screen for?

Both the main short film & BTS video must use the My RØDE Reel 2018 title card at the start of each video and be displayed for a minimum of three seconds.

The title card is sent in the My RØDE Reel entry pack or downloaded here.

QWhen is the last day to submit my film?

Entry for the My RØDE Reel 2018 short film competition ends at 12:00pm on July 31, 2018 Australian Eastern Standard Time.

QWhere can I view the full terms & conditions for My RØDE Reel?

You can view the full terms & conditions of My RØDE Reel 2018 at http://rode.com/myrodereel/terms

QDo I have to submit any supporting documents with my entry?

No. The entry pack contains a few documents & templates to help you get started with your film.

These are not required to be submitted with your entry.

QAre there any themes or topics that my entry should follow?

There are no themes or key topics that your short film needs to follow.

The concept and story of your short film is totally up to you.

QCan I submit an entry that is not in English?

Yes! We will accept short films in any language. If possible include subtitles for the judging panel.

All non-English films will be eligible for the "Best Non-English Film" category.

QCan I submit a short film made recently?

As long as your short film meets the requirements of My RØDE Reel 2018 and has not been entered into the previous year’s competitions, yes you can enter it into this year's competition.

QCan my entry contain graphic violence, nudity, course language or other mature content?

While there are no strict content guidelines for your short film, if your entry is considered too graphic or contains content that is considered inappropriate we may refuse to accept your entry.

Entries can be flagged with 'Mature Content' on submission for viewer discretion.

QHow long does the approval process take?

Please allow 24-48 hours for your entry to be reviewed for approval.

During the final weeks of the competition we may experience a higher volume of entries, in this time we will endeavour to review all the entries as soon as possible but there may be a longer waiting time.

QThe deadline has passed but my entry has not been approved yet…

During the final days of the competition we may receive a high volume of entries which will cause a longer approval time. Entries received during this time may be approved after the submission deadline and are still eligible for My RØDE Reel 2018.

QAre there any countries that are excluded from My RØDE Reel?

The Competition is free to enter and open to any person, except employees of RØDE and residents of North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The Competition will be void in any other jurisdiction where it is prohibited.

Minors are entitled to enter the Competition, provided they have the consent of a parent or guardian to enter and participate in the Competition, and provide that parent or guardian’s details upon entry to the Competition for verification by RØDE. Entrants shall be considered as Minors for the purpose of the Competition if they are over the age of 13 years old and under the age of 20 years old if they are from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand or South Korea, and otherwise over the age of 13 years old and under the age of 18 years old.

QWhy do you need my sex & age details?

Due to some restrictions in some countries and territories, we are required to check the entrants age or in the case of a minor, the consent from a guardian.

The 'Young Filmmaker' award is also only for entrants who are 18 years or under.

Entrants shall be considered as Minors for the purpose of the Competition if they are over the age of 13 years old and under the age of 20 years old if they are from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand or South Korea, and otherwise over the age of 13 years old and under the age of 18 years old.

QI'm having issues submitting my entry

If you are having issues submitting your entry, don't hesitate to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

You can use the contact form here.

Awards & Prizes

QWhat is the selection criteria for the 'Young Filmmaker Award'?

The 'Young Filmmaker' award is for entrants who are 18 years or younger at the time of submitting their entry.

The entrant should be the director and owner of the short film.

More information is available in the full terms & conditions page.

QWhat is the selection criteria for 'Best Non-English Film' prize?

To be eligible for the 'Best Non-English Film' prize, the main language of the short film must not be in English to be eligible for this prize.

QWhat is the selection criteria for the 'Female Filmmaker Award'?

The 'Female Filmmaker Award' was introduced to recognise, encourage and promote the contribution of female professionals in the creative industry.

For an entry to be eligible for the 'Female Filmmaker Award', the creator of the short film must identify as female.

More information is available in the full terms & conditions page.

QCan a short film win multiple awards and categories?

Yes, every short film submitted into My RØDE Reel is eligible to win one or multiple award prizes as long as they meet the selection criteria of each award.

 

QWhy do you have a 'Female Filmmaker' award?

Every year we look at how we can improve My RØDE Reel – in all respects. One of our biggest observations from previous years is that an overwhelming majority of entries were from male filmmakers.

By providing an award that specifically recognises female filmmakers we are hoping that this increases the involvement, just as our Young Filmmaker award succeeded in encouraging young adults to enter My RØDE Reel.

Every entry is eligible for the Judges' Prize, People's Choice, BTS & Young Filmmaker awards. Entrants who are female and select their sex as female on the registration form will also be eligible for the Female Filmmaker award.

It is optional for entrants to nominate their sex when submitting, so female filmmakers can easily opt out of consideration for the this award if they wish and still be considered for all other award categories.

The Pitch

QWhere in Sydney is RØDE based?

Our campus is in Silverwater, about 20km from the centre of Sydney.

QWho can enter to win the internship?

Anyone with video production skills who wants to work as part of our team for 12 months. But the opportunity probably suits film or video production students or recent graduates particularly well.

QDo I have to be a videographer?

If you specialise in any aspect of filmmaking, such as sound mixing or production design, we are interested. But ideally we’re looking for something of an all-rounder – someone who can do a bit of everything, even if they have advanced skills in one area.

QWhen does the internship start?

That will depend on your availability and how long it takes to get a working visa organised. Ideally, it would be around April 2019, but we are flexible. Provided you can start some time in 2019, it’s all good.

QCan you pay the salary in my local currency?

No. You will be paid in Australian dollars into an Australian bank account. We’ll help you get set up with all that when you arrive in Sydney.