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.


Coordinator Braidon Thorn Hits The Sacramento Comic-con

  • Posted: 30 March 2014

Shortz! Festival Coordinator Braidon Thorn and his middle finger, recently visited the first annual Sacramento Comic-con where they met Norman Reedus and HIS middle finger. Braidon said it was awesome, but sooooo crowded. "I've been to Metal concerts that were less crowded."

Braidon, Norman Reedus, and their middle fingers


Brady also got to meet Thor! (not actually Chris Hemsworth, but good lookin' nonetheless!)

Braidon and Thor

Congratulations to Jake McLaughlin!

  • Posted: 16 March 2014


Congratulations to Chicoan and former Shortz! Film Festival judge Jake McLaughlin on his new NBC series Believe! Check out this interview with Jake, talking about his new show:



IT'S TIME! Enter now!

  • Posted: 8 March 2014

IT IS TIME! The Shortz! Film Fest is now accepting film submissions and they are already rolling in.

How would you like a couple of hundred eyes watching YOUR project, on the BIG screen, in the beautiful El Rey Theater?  How about several thousand eyes?  YES, several thousand eyes....that are specifically viewing Shortz! Film Festival films!

How you ask? If your film screens at the Shortz! Film Festival you will have the option of having your film presented on the Shortz! Film Fest ROKU channel.  Over 16,000 subscribers and counting! 

Be seen year round and from all over the world!

Don't wait.  Submit that short film now.  Just go to the SUBMIT YOUR SHORTS tab on the Shortz! Film Fest website.

See you soon!

Shortz Staff


2014 Film Submissions Begin Soon

  • Posted: 10 February 2014

Film ReelHey Shortz Fans, It's almost that time of year again. The Shortz Film Fest will soon be accepting film submissions for the 2014 Shortz! Film Festival. Get your films ready to submit. If you don't have a film, make one! We will be accepting submissions until June 30th. If you don't have a film but know some one how does, tell them to submit it here. The coordinators here at the Shortz! Fest are very excited for this years Festival, there will be some surprises this year so stay tuned here, and Like Us on Facebook. We are looking forward to seeing your Shortz!

Shortz! 2013 Roku Channel Update

  • Posted: 26 December 2013

RokuYou can now watch your favorite 2013 Shortz! Film Festival winners on our world famous Roku channel!
Yea, we know it's just winners for now, but more films are being published daily, so keep checking the channel.

Don't have a Roku? Well.....why not! It's the best way to watch your favorite Shortz! Film Fest films, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
It's easy too, just pop over to and grab yourself a player. Once you're up and running add the Shortz! channel to your account. Then sit back, grab some popcorn and enjoy some of the best short films on the planet!

Hilariously Scary

  • Posted: 16 August 2013


Got a scary short film just creeping around waiting to be seen?  Here's the place to send it!

THE COLLECTIVE and BERKELEY COMMUNITY MEDIA is proud to present the 7th Annual BCM HORROR FILM FESTIVAL at Berkeley's CH28 Studios. We are now accepting 10 min. Horror short films for our one night big screen fundraising event complete with a haunted decorated television studio, raffles, prizes, a costume contest, and much more!
And if that isn't enough, HORRORTV returns to CH28 for it's FINAL EPISODE featuring exclusive interviews of the filmmakers and the return of SINCLAIR! (Co-Hosting with Dr. Frank N. Beans)

For more info go to

S U B M I S S I O N . D E A D L I N E - S E P T E M B E R 14, 2 0 1 3 ! ! !

Thank You All

  • Posted: 14 August 2013

Thank you to all who came to the 3rd Annual Shortz Film Festival. The fest was a huge success and a great time was had by all who attended. If you missed it, well you missed a wonderful time of short films, filmmaker networking, and great food and drink.

Congratulations to our winners:
Audience Choice:
1st Rachel Nichols – “The Inbetween”
2nd Ben Hausler – “The People Who Were Never There”
3rd Bo Campbell- “Anti-Hero”

Judges Choice:
1st Rachel Nichols – “The Inbetween”
2nd Ole Christoffer Haga – “Stick”
3rd Colleen J. McShay – “Commonplace”

Brief (2 minutes or less)
1st Matthew Thayer – “Mans Best Friend”
2nd Leonard Vine – “Rise & Fall of a Pea”

The Shortz Film Fest featured 28 submitted films this year including a student block from The House of Blue (students from PV High School), films from the Bay Area, Redding, Los Angles, Norway, Canada and of course several films made right here in Chico. We also featured a block of past favorites, films from the past two years of our film fest. Two days of films and free popcorn make the $10 admission price a pretty good deal. The films delighted our audience with their creativeness, special effects, and stories. We were lucky to have so much talent share their creations with us and we look forward to more amazing films next year!

We want to thank all of our sponsors of this year’s festival.  Vistanet for hosting our website that allows us to run as an all digital festival as well as your cash donation. Fifth Sun for the amazing t-shirts. Graphic Fox for printing the programs, flyers, posters, and other printing needed.  Digital Print and Design for printing our two 3 x 6 foot banners and large format prints displayed at the El Rey.  Videomaker Magazine for cash and giveaways. Upgraded Living Magazine for the terrific article in the July issue and for a local outlet for our tickets sales. Chico Theater Company for giving us an online outlet to sell tickets and advertising at the theater. That Jack Show for the additional advertising segment on CW10.  Matador Motel.  Cyberlink software for free software to give away.  And of course our filmmaker dinner and after party hosts Grana Restaurant.  And what fabulous hosts they were, providing all the food for our filmmaker dinner on Saturday night as well as giving us their lovely patio for our “after the show parties” Saturday and Sunday nights. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was perfect. We could not make this film festival happen without all our sponsors and we hope to continue these relationships in future film fests.

We want to thank all of the folks from out of town who made the trek to Chico for the film fest. We hope you enjoyed our town, and that we made you feel welcome. Chico is a wonderful town and we love to share it whenever we can.  Remember submissions start March 1st, 2014....a mere 7 months away!

Thank you all again for coming out to enjoy the films and support independent filmmaking. If you liked what you experienced please tell a friend, or better yet make a donation on our website and help us bring you more films from these amazing filmmakers.

We hope to see you all again next year.

Announcing the 2013 Shortz! Film Fest Award Winners!

  • Posted: 11 August 2013

The results were so close this year that some winners only won by a thousandth of a point!
To ALL of our Filmmakers this year we would like to extend our sincerest thanks and wishes of continued successful filmmaking.

Audience Choice
  1st Place - The Inbetween - Rachel Nichols
  2nd Place - The People Who Were Never There - Ben Hausler
  3rd Place - Anti Hero - Bo Campbell
  1st Place - Man's Best Friend - Matthew Thayer
  2nd Place - The Rise And Fall Of A Pea - Leonard Vine

Judges Choice
  1st Place - The Inbetween - Rachel Nichols
  2nd Place - Stick - Ole Christoffer Haga
  3rd Place - Commonplace - Colleen J. McShay
  1st Place - Man's Best Friend - Matthew Thayer
  2nd Place - The Rise And Fall Of A Pea - Leonard Vine

Only one more day!

  • Posted: 8 August 2013

Only one more day until the fun starts, so we thought we'd send one last reminder to everyone.

Here it is!

  • THIS WEEKEND - August 10th and 11th - El Rey Theater 
  • 28 international, regional and local  independent short films.
  • Filmmakers attending from around the country will be in attendance for Q&A.
  • Free popcorn in one of California's oldest cinema theaters.
  • Nightly after parties at Grana
  • Filmmaker Dinner at Grana on Saturday night. (limited ticket availability)
  • Film Awards, prizes and giveaways.

Tickets can be purchased at, Downtown at the Upgraded Living offices at 334 Broadway, or at the door and are only $10 per day. Yes...that's right PER DAY. Come be a part of all the daily festivities for one low daily price.

Doors open at 12:30 on Saturday and 2:00 on Sunday. Click here for a full listing of the films and screening blocks.

We can't wait to see you all here!