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Attention up-and-coming filmmakers! Entries for the 2019 edition of our Master Your Craft competition are officially open. Start getting your film together... now!
Introduced in 2018, Master Your Craft gives aspiring filmmakers the chance to win the opportunity of a lifetime: a 12-month paid internship at RØDE, where you'll have the chance develop a wide range of filmmaking skills working in our amazing in-house Video team, from ideation and scriptwriting, to producing and directing, to editing and marketing.
The entries were incredible last year, and saw not one, but three talented young filmmakers from around the world join the RØDE team at our HQ in Sydney, Australia, where they have been busy travelling and creating video content for RØDE, been mentored by industry pros, and gotten hands-on working in a fast-paced professional environment – an invaluable experience for any aspiring filmmaker. We can’t wait to see who enters this time around!
To go in the running to win, all you need to do is submit a short film that tells us who you are and shows off your filmmaking skills.
Entries must be between 1–3 minutes long and contain the provided title card (downloadable from the Master Your Craft website), and you must be over 18 years old to enter.
Otherwise, the sky is the limit! What we’re looking for are films that are creative, engaging, entertaining, and give us a sense of your creative potential.
The winner (or in the case of last year, winners) will be flown to Sydney in early-2020 to work at RØDE for 12 months. While here, you will experience first-hand what it’s like being part of a professional creative team, learning from our Video crew as well as being mentored one-on-one by renowned industry pros – including Ryan Connolly, Matthew Allard ACS, and Ben Allan ACS – across all areas of filmmaking, from directing to cinematography to post-production.
The full list of mentors will be announced in the coming weeks.
This year, we have also partnered with filmmaking educators MZed to give the winner unlimited access to their workshops, masterclasses and online educational content throughout the internship to dovetail with the practical work experience (find out more about MZed here). And, of course, the winner will also have complete access to our gear, studios, and editing suites, all the while earning a salary and being able to explore beautiful Sydney and travel around Australia. How awesome is that?
Last year’s three winners – Mariona Ferriz, Conrad Lexow, and Rohan Merrill from Spain, Germany and the USA respectively – are currently at the tail end of their internship.
Over the last 9 months, they have flown around Australia making films, mastered skills creating a wide range of content, and become an integral part of the Video team.
Need some inspiration? Check out their winning entries below!
“I’m very excited to see who enters Master Your Craft this year,” says RØDE’s Head of Marketing, Daniel Woodall. “The competition is an incredible opportunity for young filmmakers from anywhere in the world who want to take their craft to the next level and develop an extensive showreel while earning a salary and living in Australia. I encourage every aspiring filmmaker out there to get cracking on their entry. Who knows where it could take you!”
Submissions for Master Your Craft 2019 close Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019, and the winner will be announced in late December. Find out more about the competition here.