‘Two Halves’ by Chen Wei Choon from Malaysia has taken out the Judges’ Prize in this year’s My RØDE Reel short film competition.

A still from the My RØDE Reel 2021 winning film ‘Two Halves’, an animation by Malaysian filmmaker Chen Wei Choon.

My RØDE Reel is the world’s largest short film competition, which this year offered its largest prize pool so far and attracted more than 2000 entries from 114 different countries across the world. The winning filmmakers spanned 13 different countries from every corner of the globe. The Judges’ Prize (as chosen by My RØDE Reel judges: Sunday Emerson Gullifer, Jess dela Merced and Ryan Connolly) went to Chen Wei Choon from Malaysia for ‘Two Halves’, a three-minute animation that was described as ‘beautifully made’. Other category winners and runners-up are listed below.

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

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

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

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

Readers can watch all the winning and runner-up films here. My RØDE Reel will return in 2022.