RØDE Microphones has announced the superstar judging panel for My RØDE Reel 2020, which this year has a huge $1 million in cash to be won. RØDE has enlisted three brilliant judges from different corners of the filmmaking industry to select the winner of the $200,000 major prize: acclaimed actor and writer Meyne Wyatt, award-winning director Selina Miles, and superstar short filmmaker and educator Ryan Connolly.

My RØDE Reel is the world’s largest short film competition. Over the last six years, more than 16,000 films have been submitted to the competition from 94 different countries, with RØDE awarding over $3.5 million in prizes to both emerging and established filmmakers. My RØDE Reel has launched hundreds of careers through providing a global platform for filmmakers to gain exposure, offering grants and scholarships, and giving away tonnes of RØDE microphones and filmmaking gear.

This year, My RØDE Reel is bigger than ever with US $1 million to be won, the biggest cash prize ever offered in a short film competition. This includes a life-changing $200,000 major prize, which will be awarded to the best film as chosen by the three judges.

The 2020 My RØDE Reel judging panel represents a diverse range of film industry backgrounds.

Meyne Wyatt is an award-winning actor, writer and director. He has starred in dozens of acclaimed productions, including HBO supernatural mystery drama series The Leftovers, Australia’s longest-running TV series, Neighbours, as well on the silver screen in 2015’s Strangerland alongside Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving. Most recently, Meyne wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed play City of Gold.

Selina Miles is an award-winning film director. She has directed commercials for major brands such as Red Bull and Ubisoft, created music videos for Hilltop Hoods and Anne Marie, and produced several documentaries, including her first feature, Martha: A Picture Story – a documentary on iconic photographer Martha Cooper – which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2019, earning her widespread critical acclaim.

Returning as a judge for the second year in a row, Ryan Connolly is a filmmaker, internet personality and presenter best known for his educational web series Film Riot, which has gained over 1.6-million subscribers. He has also written and directed 15 short films, including PROXiMITY, SENTiNEL, BALLiSTIC and, most recently, There Comes a Knocking. Collectively, Ryan’s short films have amassed over 10-million views. Currently, Ryan is working with 3Arts developing feature films.

“We’re thrilled to have Meyne, Selina and Ryan on board as this year’s My RØDE Reel judges,” says RØDE CEO Damien Wilson. “The combined experience of this accomplished trio, and their talent in their respective fields, makes us very confident they will choose an incredible winner for the $200,000 major prize.” 

Head to myrodereel.com for more info

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