The short film Let’s Travelle, by Matt O’Shea of Abbotsford, was selected as a finalist in two categories of an international competiton.

The short film Let’s Travelle, by Matt O’Shea of Abbotsford, was selected as a finalist in two categories of an international competiton.

Fraser Valley filmmaker named finalist in international competition

Short film by Matt O’Shea of Abbotsford selected in two categories

A short film by an Abbotsford filmmaker was recently named a finalist in an international competition.

Let’s Travelle – a three-minute film by Matt O’Shea – was selected as a finalist in the “best location” and “BTS (behind the scenes) educational” categories of the My Rode Reel competition, although it did not clinch either title.

O’Shea spent three months working on the entry. He and his girlfriend filmed in three countries – Greece, Malta and the Netherlands.

“The film is about a lifetime of adventure and a mother’s dying wish to her daughter,” he said.

O’Shea said he would like to encourage other filmmakers.

“Even as one person, you can create a great short film,” he said.

My Rode Reel is the world’s largest short-film competition, attracting more than 1,500 entries from almost 90 countries.

Entries must be between 60 seconds and three minutes, and must include a behind-the-scenes component, also no more than three minutes long.

A judging panel of industry experts selected the winners earlier this month, and they received prize packs consisting mainly of electronic equipment. The total prize pool was worth more than $500,000.

The full list of winners can be viewed online at rode.com/myrodereel