My RØDE Reel 2018 Winners Announced

The major winners of the My RØDE Reel short film competition for 2018 have been announced with the Polish short film, Fishy Wishy taking out the Judge’s Film prize.

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.


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


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