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My RØDE Reel 2021 competition winners announced

Posted on Nov 26, 2021 by Alex Fice

The main winner will receive $250,000 – the largest ever cash prize for a short film competition

Earlier in the year, filmmakers from around the world were invited to submit a three-minute short film to RØDE Reel, the world’s largest short film competition. The competition supports filmmakers to launch their careers on a global level, with astounding cash prizes and gear bundles awarded to the various category winners. This year, the contest received over 2,000 submissions from 114 different countries and saw the biggest major prize yet with US$250,000 in cash up for grabs.

Keep reading to discover this year’s winners:

Judges’ Prize (as chosen by My RØDE Reel judges: Sunday Emerson Gullifer, Jess dela Merced and Ryan Connolly).

Winner: ‘Two Halves’ – Chen Wei Choon (Malaysia)
“Full of creativity and craft, ‘Two Halves’ is a beautifully made short film that absolutely utilises its three-minute runtime to deliver a well-told story,” says competition judge Sunday Emerson Gullifer. “We are delighted to award it the My RØDE Reel Judges’ Prize.”

Drama
1st Place: ‘The Cold Order’ – Lucas Nicotra (Australia)
2nd Place: ‘Last Birthday’ – Wiktor Szafrański (Poland)
3rd Place: ‘Walk in the Park’ – Chris Lodge (Ireland)

Documentary 
1st Place: ‘The French Cowboy’ – Jacob Redman (France)
2nd Place: ‘Xolani’ – Tao Farren-Hefer (South Africa)
3rd Place: ‘EMBAERA’ – Noam Tryber (Israel)

Comedy 
1st Place: ‘ZERO’ – Tim Hamilton (New Zealand)
2nd Place: ‘Next in Line’ – Alex Raban (USA)
3rd Place: ‘Pipe Dreams’ – Nigel Shinnors (Ireland)

Animation
1st Place: ‘Two Halves’ – Chen Wei Choon (Malaysia)
2nd Place: ‘SKYLER’S BOX’ – John Remar Lavina (Phillippines)
3rd Place: ‘Nighty Night’ – Bruno de Sena Giovanini (Brazil)

Sound Design 
1st Place: ‘Brainstorming’ – Bruno de Sena Giovanini (Brazil)
2nd Place: ‘Employee of the Month’ – Scott Pope (Australia)
3rd Place: ‘Misia – A Love Letter to My Daughter’ – Andrzej Rudz (Japan)

Behind The Scenes
1st Place: ‘Employee of the Month’ – Scott Pope (Australia)
2nd Place: ‘Fadeaway’ – Lucas Nicotra (Australia)
3rd Place: ‘Escape’ – Malik Bouabid (Canada)

People’s Choice Prize 
1st Place: ‘The Stage’ – Yadukrishnan O.V (India)
2nd Place: ‘CHUZALONGO’ – Diego Ortuño Ñ (Ecudor)
3rd Place: ‘The Redemption’ – Mohanad Al-jawaheri (Germany)

Best Chinese Film 

1st Place: ‘归宿 (The Home)’ – Xie Dawei

2nd Place: ‘家庭驱邪的五个步骤 (Five Ways of Home Exorcism)’ – Dazhao Gege

3rd Place: ‘无价之宝 (Priceless Treasure)’ – Chen Si

You can watch the winning and runner up films on the My RØDE Reel website. Keep an eye out for the competition’s return in 2022.

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