The Shortz! Film Festival is an annual international short film festival in Chico, California which showcases the best and brightest short films from around the globe. The festival accepts and screens short films with running times of 40 minutes or less in any genre.

Created by local filmmakers from Chico, California, Shortz! was started with the desire to bring film makers together in a fun and funky environment, to meet and network with the ultimate goal of producing more films.


Thursday Night Market Shortz!

  • Posted: 26 August 2015

Chico Thursday Night Market pictureIf you haven't visited downtown Chico Thursday Night Markets yet now is the time. Tons of farm fresh produce, arts & crafts, entertainment, and now the SHORTZ! FILM FEST Booth!

The Shortz! Film Fest booth will be downtown starting Thursday, Aug. 27th through Sept.17th. and is located on 4th St, between Broadway and Main, next to the plaza.  We will have information about the festival and tickets available for purchase.  And don't forget...we have some missing weekend passes somewhere in our Shortz! ChicoBags.  Get yourself a bag and you might just see the fest for FREE!

So come downtown tomorrow night and say hi!

Shortz! Film Festival Sept. 18th - 20th, 2015, at El Rey Theater Chico, CA

Where are those tickets?

  • Posted: 23 August 2015

OH NO! Some how we have misplaced some of our weekend passes! We think they fell in to our box of Shortz! Film Fest Chico Bags and who ever finds them gets to keep them! 

Buy a Shortz! Film Fest reusable Chico Bag, and you might get to see the Shortz! Fest for FREE! 

So what do you have to do? Come to the Chico Downtown Thursday Night Market starting August 27th - September 17th and visit us at the Shortz Film Fest booth. We will have our Chico Bag reusable totes there for sale.  Buy one, open it up, and see if you find a "Weekend Pass" inside. 

The fifth annual Shortz! Film Fest runs Setember 18th 19th and 20th at the El Rey Theater in Downtown Chico. 

Tickets are on sale at or at our Thursday Night Market booth. Looking forward to seeing you!

Call for Volunteers

  • Posted: 16 August 2015

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The Shortz! Fest is putting out the call to dependable friends of the festival! How can you help? Glad you asked.

We need help with the daily work during the festival and the Thursday night market booth. The festival is September 18th 19th and 20th and the Thursday night market boot will run every Thursday Night (duh) starting on August 27th and ending September 17th.  We also need assistance putting up posters a couple of weeks before the festival.

During the festival, we need people to operate the ticket booth, the raffle table, to check tickets at the door, to collect and tally voting ballots, and whatever else comes up. For the Thursday night market nights, we need people to help with set up and tear down of the booth, assist in the booth by handing out flyers and answering simple questions about the film festival. Each shift is only about three and a half hours long, give or take. 

What do you get out of it? You get a weekend pass to the festival, that is worth $20 right there. You get FREE popcorn. You get to be part of a very cool Film Festival. You get to meet people from all over the county and the world who attend.  Plus you gain our undying love and respect ... because you know you can't buy love or respect. LOL Take a look at the chart below and let us know when you can help. Contact us at


Date Time  Job
Thurs 8/27 5:00p - 8:30p Thursday Night Booth
Thurs 9/3 5:00p - 8:30p Thursday Night Booth
Thurs 9/10 5:00 p- 8:00p Thursday Night Booth
Thurs 9/17 5:00p - 8:30p Thursday Night Booth
Fri 9/18 6:00p - 9:00p Ticket Booth
Fri 9/18 6:00p - 9:00p Ticket Taker / Usher
Fri 9/18  6:00p - 9:00p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sat 9/19 12:00p - 4:00p Ticket Booth
Sat 9/19 12:00p - 4:00p Raffle Table
Sat 9/19 12:00p - 4:00p Raffle Table
Sat 9/19 12:00p - 4:00p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sat 9/19 12:00p - 4:00p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sat 9/19 5:00p - 8:00p Ticket Booth
Sat 9/19 5:00p - 8:00p Raffle Table
Sat 9/19  5:00p - 8:00p Raffle Table
Sat 9/19 5:00p - 8:00p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sat 9/19 5:00p - 8:00p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sun 9/20 1:00p - 3:45p Ticket Booth
Sun 9/20 1:00p - 3:45p Raffle Table
Sun 9/20 1:00p - 3:45p Raffle Table
Sun 9/20 1:00p - 3:45p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sun 9/20 1:00p - 3:45p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sun 9/20 3:30p - 7:00p Ticket Booth
Sun 9/20 3:30p - 7:00p Raffle Table
Sun 9/20 3:30p - 7:00p Raffle Table
Sun 9/20 3:30p - 7:00p Ticket Taker / Usher
Sun 9/20  3:30p - 7:00p Ticket Taker / Usher


The Shortz! Film Fest Keeps Getting Better!!

  • Posted: 8 August 2015

The other day, someone asked me, "So, at your little film festival, do you show like a dozen films or something like that?" I was like "Ya, right".

Back in 2011, the first year of the Shortz! Film Fest, we showed thirty films at the Cabaret theater. We thought that this wasn't bad for a first year film festival. Now we are in our fifth year, and we have doubled our original number. That's right, do the math. The 2015 Shortz! Film Fest line up will include SIXTY films, plus and hour of favorite films from past years. That is five dozen plus films dude and dudettes. Back in 2011 we had three judges, now in our fifth year, again multiply by five, we have FIFTEEN judges critiquing this years films. Judges that are industry professionals such as producers, writers, actors, and film reviewers from all over the country. 

And now we would like to multiply our audience by a factor of five. Let's pack the El Rey Theater in Chico California, on September 18th, 19th, and 20th. Make your plans now to join us. Tickets are on sale now at CHICOTIX.COM. Twenty dollars gets you the entire weekend, that works out to three films for a buck! And don't forget, FREE POPCORN!

It's Out Of The Bag!

  • Posted: 19 July 2015

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Hey Shortz! Fans as you know it’s the FIFTH Year Anniversary for the Shortz! Film Festival but what you may not know is that ChicoBag has been with us every year since the beginning.

ChicoBag is known around the globe for high quality, beautiful, reusable bags, pack, and totes in tons of styles and colors.  And every year Shortz! Film Fest has given Filmmaker Swag Bags, made by ChicoBag, to the attending filmmakers.  We stuff'em with tasty goodies and cool stuff and they can be used for years.



This year we are excited and proud to announce the Filmmaker Swag Bags are sporting the fabulous Shortz! Film Fest Logo and WE WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE THEM! 

These handsome Shortz! Film Fest ChicoBags are reusable, environmentally friendly bags. Whether you like reusable bags for grocery shopping or just because they are so handy for tons of other things, you'll want to get a Shortz! Film Fest bag because they are cool and you will be supporting the festival!

These bags are available for purchase now!  We have a limited supply so get yours today. 

Contact us at to order or pick them up at the Thursday Night Market  Aug 27th-Sept.17th or at the festival Sept. 18th-20th at the El Rey Theater.

Our deepest thanks and some BIG news!

  • Posted: 9 July 2015

Our call for entries is officially closed, but we wanted to just take a moment to send our deepest and most sincere thank you to all of the filmmakers that submitted films. We received over 100 entries again this season and you've made our job even harder with the amazing quality of work. We should have our lineup decided and acceptance letters delivered within a few weeks. But now you may be asking yourself, "What if my film isn't chosen to screen? Am I just flushing my money down the commode ?!"
As filmmakers ourselves, we feel (and have felt for years) your pain in the pocket book, so.......
Starting this season, whether your film is selected or not, your paid submission gets you a single full weekend pass to the festival!! (more details to come later) That's a $20 value, which - if we're doing the math right - means that the filmmakers who submitted early are actually getting money back! Consider it our way of thanking you for your continued support of our festival.
So, please come to Chico and spend the weekend with us and dozens of other filmmakers from around the world for three days of films and fun.
Thanks again!!!

And the Tin Cannes Award goes to..

  • Posted: 22 May 2015


Congratulations to Nate Hopkins, one of several students, for winning a Tin Cannes Award at the PV House of Blue Tin Cannes Film Festival last night in Chico Ca. 

We look forward to PV House of Blue student films at the Shortz! Film Festival September 18th-20th, 2015, at the El Rey Theater. 

Support student filmmakers and the Shortz! Film Fest by getting your tickets now at May Madness sale is still on for a "shortz" time!

Feather Falls Casino & Brewing Co. is back!

  • Posted: 10 May 2015

Feather Falls Casino and BreweryFeather Falls Casino & Brewery, in Oroville, the premier California casino that is the place to play, win and have a good time, is now a generous sponsor of the 2015 Shortz! Film Festival!Feather Falls slots

Feather Falls Brewery & Dining



With Northern California's loosest slot machines, multiple gaming tables, and a Poker Room that has weekly tournaments and daily promotions, Feather Falls is not only a great place for gaming, but is simply the best place to dine and stay in Oroville. All that play can make you hungry so how about some gourmet dining at the Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co.

This is a great place to enjoy some tasty beer from Feather Falls Decades picBrewmaster, Roland Allen.  Pair it up with something from their amazing menu like gourmet signature dishes from their chef, hand-tossed pizzas, and fresh sushi and sashimi.

And the Feather Falls Casino Show Room is a terrific place to see some of the best entertainment acts to visit Northern California. See tons of superb music acts including a local favorite, Decades!

As a TripAdvisor 2014 Winner of a Certificate of Excellence award, The Lodge at Feather Falls is the perfect way to end an evening of fun with its luxurious amenities and comfortable, well-appointed rooms, Not only will guests experience excellent customer service and great rates, they also have access to The Lodge's fitness center and unique indoor/outdoor swimming pool area.

A comprehensive place of entertainment!

We very excited to have  Feather Falls Casino & Brewery  sponsor the 2015 Shortz! Film Festival.  Please take a moment to thank them in person or with your patronage.

Welcome InkTip!

  • Posted: 2 April 2015

The staff at Shortz! are excited to announce that InkTip is a proud sponsor of the Shortz! Film Festival!  If you haven't heard of them, let us introduce you to this fantastic service.  Started in 2000, the people at InkTip recognized how the difficult it was for screenwriters to get exposure for their works, let alone get their scripts sold. After extensive research and surveys with agents, managers and producers, InkTip created a service that was a benefit to everyone. 

The company's tagline "Where everyone goes for scripts and writers" says it all.  Check out the Successes tab on the website for numerous success stories.  Among them are these stories;  "Hole in the Paper Sky" is a short film starring Jessica Biel ("Blade: Trinity," "The Illusionist," "The A-Team") that was based on a script written by Howard Kingkade who was discovered on InkTip by producer Michelle Purple, co-president of Iron Ocean Films with Biel. Jessica Biel

Danny TrejoDanny Trejo, goes from "Machete" to "Bullet".  The script for “Bullet” was originally co-written by Nick Lyon and Byron Lester.  The director/producer found Lester on InkTip after reading his spec scripts.

Lenny Beckerman with Anonymous Content signed InkTip writer John Biemeret to represent him.  Biemeret was initially discovered on InkTip when a development executive at Cube Vision found his script "Karate Guy" on the site.  Anonymous Content’s management division currently represents several A-list and Academy Award-winning clients such as directors Steven Soderbergh (“Ocean’s Eleven,” “Magic Mike,” “Traffic”) and Gavin Hood (“Ender’s Game,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), and actors Ryan Gosling (“Drive,” “The Notebook”), Emma Stone (“The Help,” “The Help”) and Robin Wright (“House of Cards,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”).

And there are so many more.  Yours could be the next success story.

Four writers get their scripts optioned or sold each week with InkTip. In the last two years, producers and reps used InkTip to option, purchase, hire, and sign more than 500 scripts and writers.  So what are you waiting for screenwriters? Get your scripts in the hands of producers, agents and managers with InkTip.

So what does this mean?  Three lucky winners of the Shortz! Film Festival will receive prize packages from our new partner InkTip! InkTip helps writers sell their scripts and get representation. That means your script could be on the InkTip sight to be seen by many Industry Professionals.

Go and check them out! 

Register for your InkTip account and list your scripts today.   inkTip Banner
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  • Posted: 12 February 2015

Do you hear that? Off in the distance, yet rapidly approaching. Is it a train? No it’s bigger. Is it thunder? No, more powerful. Is it the charge of Cavalry?  No more Ominous. Is it the Shortz! Film Festival Call for Submissions? YES!

It’s that time of year again, when the Shortz! Film Fest opens it’s gates, lifts the portcullis, and lowers the drawbridge to receive your incredible films! The call for submissions for the 2015 Shortz Film Festival begins on March 1st 2015.  Are you ready?.

This is the fifth year for the Shortz! Film Fest and there are going to be some big changes!  One exciting change this year is we are introducing Film Categories. No longer will Animations be judged against Dramas, Comedies against Documentaries. We will be releasing more information on our Film Categories soon.

So what do you have to do? Have your film ready on March 1st. Find the submission link, that will be the Shortz! Film Festival home page. Submission is only $10.00 for early birds. Then make your plans to attend the Shortz! Film Fest, September 18th, 19th and 20th at the El Rey Theater in Chico CA.

We are looking forward to seeing your films!  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and our website, Shortz! Film Fest.

Any Questions? Contact us at