With 3,622 total entries from 1,811 entrants from 91 countries, there was no lack of talent to choose the winning entries from for a share in the $1,000,000 prize pool.
Judge’s Award Prize
This year, Fishy Wish by the Polish filmmaker, Przemysław Stański took out the top prize with a well-crafted dark comedy about two neighbours warring over a talking goldfish that grants wishes, Fishy Wish was the highest scoring film among the four judges.
You may think that to take out the top prize of a short film competition that you need plenty of gear, but Fishy Wishy was shot on the Panasonic GH5 with a small crew of only four people.
Here’s what some of the judges had to say about the film.
Acclaimed score and music mixer Kirsty Whalley (Avengers: Infinity War, The Shape Of Water et al.) said that Fishy Wish was, “A brilliant, compact, inventive fable. Fishy Wish is technically accomplished, looks great and is absolutely a proper complete film from opening titles to closing credits.”
Fellow MRR18 judge, Australian director and documentary filmmaker Clara Chong agreed, saying that Fishy Wish was “The standout winner – funny, unexpected, dark, a complete story with character arc, drama, and a hell of a finish.”
You can watch the behind-the-scenes video below.
MAJOR CATEGORY PRIZE WINNERS
The other major prize winners in My RØDE Reel 2018 were:
People’s Choice: The Knight, by writer-director Delia Chimbo (Ecuador)
Best Female Filmmaker: Gems, by writer-director Kyndra Kennedy (USA)
Best Young Filmmaker: Come Back To Me, by writer-director Catherine McCord (USA)
Best BTS Educational: The Asylum Groove, by The Film Look (UK)
Best BTS Entertainment: Super Intense Office Scene, by Milk Mildon/Trophy Husbands (Canada)
Did you enter My RØDE Reel 2018? What did you think of the winning entries? You can watch all of the entries at www.myrodereel.com