The Films Are In!

  • Posted: 24 July 2016

The 2016 Shortz! Film Festival Films have been selected, the filmmaker notifications have been sent out, and what a great line up we have this year! We will be posting the lineup soon. This year's decisions were incredibly hard, so many amazing films to choose from, but we have a limited amount of time to show them. Congratulations to those whose films were selected. And remember, even if your film did not make the final cut, with your submission, you still receive a weekend pass to the festival. So, we encourage all filmmakers to come to the 2016 Shortz! Film Fest, September 16th through the 18th, at the El Ray Theater in downtown Chico CA.  We are looking forward to seeing you there.


Short! Film Festival Mini Fest

  • Posted: 25 June 2016

Hey Shortz! Fans, the Shortz! Film Fest is having a Mini Fest on July 2, at the Chico Theater Company. We will be showing some our favorite films from the last five seasons of the  Shortz! fest. Come and see some of the best local, regional and international films that have been submitted to Shortz! Film Fest over the last five years. Come see two hours of our favorite Comedies, Dramas, Animations, Horror films in our catalog. Nothing over 20 minutes long. And it's only five bucks. 

BEAT THE HEAT! The CHICO THEATER COMPANY has just installed brand new air conditioners! So come on down and enjoy some great movies in confort!

WHEN? Saturday, July 2nd, 2016. 7:00 pm doors open at 6:30.

WHERE? Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road Suite F, Chico CA.

HOW MUCH? $5.00 each. Such a deal, that is TWO FULL HOURS of Short Films. You won't get that deal anywhere else. 

WHERE DO I GET TICKETS? Tickets are only available at the door.



Title Screening Season Director Country TRT
A Kings Betrayal 2015 David A Bornstein United States 0:08:27
Bad Neighbor 2011 Abel Mora United States 0:01:58
likewildfire - "Me & You" 2012 Rory Walsh United States 0:03:24
Dream Raiders: Mission Zero 2013 Joshua A. Siegel United States 0:08:44
All I think of is you 2013 Shad Clark United States 0:08:00
Haiku 4: STILL 2014 Lyle Pisio Canada 0:06:25
lucy & the limbs 2014 Edlyn Capulong Canada 0:02:50
Little Boba 2011 Scott Brown United States 0:07:49
Mr.Dentonn 2015 Ivan Villamel Sanchez Spain 0:09:00


Title Screening Season Director Country TRT
Buster Jones: The Movie 2011 Dylan Hobor United States 0:05:26
In the Bag 2015 Cole Northey Canada 0:11:30
Juice Box 2015 Ezra Nelson, Taven Olsson, Peyton Allen United States 0:01:00
Lady in the Kitchen 2012 Bo! Campbell, Gino Oddone United States 0:02:00
Mean Teddies 2014 Tyler Novo Canada 0:02:25
Here With Me 2014 Pete Riski United Kingdom 0:11:29
Rough Neighborhood 2015 Matthew Thayer United States 0:01:58
The Adventure of Ned Hawkins 2015 Stephen&Chelsey Diaz United States 0:07:31
Karma 2015 Vladimir Mitrevski Macedonia 0:17:39

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The Clock is Ticking. Tic-Tock-Tic-Tock

  • Posted: 25 June 2016

Alarm ClockHey Filmmakers, time is running out. The deadline to submit your short film for the 2016 Shortz! Film Fest is rapidly approaching. You only have until midnight of June 30th. If you want your film in the 2016 Shortz! Film Fest, you had better enter it now.

HOW DO I ENTER? you ask? Well go to the Shortz! Film Fest website, find the Film Freeway link (look on the right side of the screen) and click on it. Follow the instruction there. It is really quite easy.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? It is only $20.00, and that is a really great deal because you get a ticket to the Shortz! Fest just for entering, whether your film is selected or not.

WHAT DO I GET IF MY FILM IS SELECTED? You mean besides all the fame and glory of your film being presented in best little short film festival in the area? You get two tickets to the Shortz! Fest and a ChicoBag swag bag full of cool stuff!! And you get get to come the awesome filmmaker party at Crush, in downtown Chico, where you will meet other awesomely cool filmmakers just like you. And, if you choose, your film will be added to Shortz! Film Fest channel on ROKU. 

So, what are you waiting for??? Get your film in now! Before it's too late!!  DO IT! DO IT! DO IT NOW!

A "Brief" night at Shortz!

  • Posted: 5 June 2016

Shortz_mini_fest_ad_sml_.pngWe're having so much fun getting ready for the 2016 Shortz! Film Festival coming up in September!  It reminds us of all the fantastic films from around the world that have already screened at our previous festivals.  All worth watching over and why don't we!

Join us Saturday, July 2nd, 2016, at the Chico Theater Company for a Shortz! "Mini" Festival. One night only, 120 minutes packed with the "best of fest" films from the 2011-2015 seasons.  And it's a mere $5 at the door.  The Chico Theater Company, a long time Shortz! friend and sponsor, has just installed a new A/C!  So get out of the heat, come to the cool theater, grab some goodies or drinks at concessions or the bar, and sit back for these great short films.  

Bring your friends!




Chico Theater Company
166 Eaton Road
Chico , CA
United States
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Time's almost up for 2016 regular submissions!

  • Posted: 26 May 2016

regular submission time is almost up!Filmmakers, with less than one week left in our regular submission period, your time is running up! Get your films submitted for consideration before June 1st at midnight to enter for the low, low price of only 10 bucks! After that, the submission price will jump to $20 until July 1st.

And with a free weekend pass (a $20 value) to the festival just for submitting your film, you simply can't lose! Submit your film today!


Our new website is now LIVE!

  • Posted: 3 May 2016

Our new website is now LIVE! Be sure to check out the new Films section, searchable by season, to see every film we've ever screened at Shortz!. Also, pop over to our Roku channel which now has more of our films than ever before!
As always, THANK YOU for all of your continued support!

New Films Arriving Daily!

  • Posted: 9 February 2016

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The Shortz! Film Fest call for entries is in full swing and new films are arriving everyday! We are very excited about the films we have seen so far, but there still room for Your Film. Early entry is only $10.00, and that gets you a ticket to the Shortz! Film Fest in September. You have absolutely nothing to lose! 

How do You submit Your film to the Shortz! Film Festival? I'm glad you asked. You simply visit the Shortz! Film Fest home page. Find and click on the Film Freeway link on the right of the side of the page, and submit your film. It is really that easy. 

Is Your film right for the Shortz! Film Fest? Another great question!!! The Shortz! Fest takes all kinds of short films. Comedies, Dramas, Horror, Animations, Documentaries, you submit it and we'll look at it. So to answer the question, YES!! 

We can't wait to see YOUR film. Show Us Your Shortz!

Shortz! Film Fest Call For Entries Is Now Open!!!

  • Posted: 1 February 2016

Here it is. It's that time of year. The Shortz! Film Festival Call For Entries is now open! YES, we are now accepting your short films for consideration for the 2016 Shortz! Fest. And the films are pouring in! Thank you for those of you who have submitted your films already. If you haven't entered your film yet, now is the best time to act. Go to the Shortz! Film Fest home page, click on the Submit with Film Freeway link, and submit your film. It's just that easy. Early submission is only $10.00, and that gets you a ticket to the Shortz! Film Fest in September. You have absolutely nothing to loose.

We are very excited about this years Film Fest, as always we have some very special surprises in store for those who attend. And we are anxious to see your films. So don't delay, enter your film today!

And The 2015 Award Goes To

  • Posted: 21 September 2015

Another Huge THANK YOU  to all of our filmmakers that screened at the festival this past weekend. You all made it our best season ever!
Drum roll please! And the awards for the 2015 Shortz! Film Festival are.....


Judges Choice
1st Place

Karma | Vladimir Mitrevski | Macedonia


One of a kind Shortz! Trophy
$300 US
JungleSoft - Chimpanzee
2nd Place

Mr. Dentonn | Ivan Villamel Sanchez | Spain


JungleSoft - Chimpanzee
Ink Tip

3rd Place

Moth | Tess Löwenhardt | Netherlands


JungleSoft - Koala Call Sheets

Rough Neighborhood | Matthew Thayer | US


One of a kind Shortz! Trophy
$50 US


Audience Choice

1st Place

A King's Betrayal | David A Bornstein | US

AMain Quad Drone with camera
JungleSoft - Chimpanzee
Ink Tip

2nd Place

In The Bag | Cole Northey | Canada

JungleSoft - Koala Call Sheets
Ink Tip
Trader Joes Bag O' Goodies

3rd Place

Pretty Boy | Cameron Thrower | US


JungleSoft - Koala Call Sheets
Brief Juice Box | Ezra Nelson, Taven Olsson, Peyton Allen | US

AMain - Mini Drone


Judges Category Awards
Winners Receive An Official Shortz! Award Certificate (and, of course bragging rights)

Best Drama Spit | Mtume Gant |US
Best Comedy Duped | Matthew Thayer | US
Best Action Dennis Is Dead | Tomasz Wysocki | US
Best Animation My Kingdom | Debra Solomon | US
Best Documentary The Adventures of Ned Hawkins | Stephen & Chelsey Diaz |US
Best Horror Mr. Dentonn Ivan Villamel Sanchez | Spain


Zacuto Z-Finder Pro Winner - Shawn Dyer | US


The time has come!

  • Posted: 18 September 2015

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings." Jabberwocky - Lewis Carroll

Well, in our case the time has come for some amazing short films, prize raffles, good friends (old and new), great food and FREE popcorn.

The 5th Annual Shortz! Film Festival launches tonight and continues through Sunday. The festival schedule can be found here, so you can plan your day with us. Remember, we would love for you to stay for the entire festival, but with your admission you can join us for as many or as few film blocks as you like.

We can't thank our sponsors, the Chico community and our film fest fans enough for making this season our biggest one yet!



From the entire Shortz! Film Festival Staff