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.


Shortz! on TV

  • Posted: 4 August 2013
That Jack
Shortz! coordinators Scott Brown and Renee Boyd sit down with entertainment talk show host Jack Stockton of That Jack Show.  Find out more about the Shortz! Film Festival, catch a few sneak peaks, and then join us at the festival next weekend Aug 10th and Aug 11th at the El Rey theater in downtown Chico, CA.  Go to the website to see the 2013 films and their times.
The program airs today, Sunday, Aug., 4th at 10:30am.
Here is a list of the providers and their station:
  • Comcast Cable KHSL-DT Channel 10 & 90  Chico-Redding
  • Dish Network KHSL-DT Channel 9084 Chico-Redding
  • Dishnetwork local Chico-Redding KHSL-DT Channel 10
Over The Air Waves
  • KHSL-DT Channel 12.2 Chico-Redding

See you all at the Shortz! Film Festival!


Shortz! Film Fest at the Thursday Night Farmer's Market!

  • Posted: 25 July 2013

Thursday Night Farmers MarketWant to earn a free ticket to the film fest? We need volunteers to help set up and pass out fliers for our Thursday night market booth! If you're interested, please email us at

Can't volunteer, but want to come by and say hello? Stop by our booth and give us a shout out on camera! A few lucky shout outs will be shown on the big screen at the El Rey Theatre during the film fest!

CyberLink Joins the Shortz! Sponsor family!

  • Posted: 23 July 2013

CyberlinkCyberLink, the creators of PowerDirector, are now a Shortz! Film Fest sponsor!

They have graciously provided five full copies of their video editing software PowerDirector Ultra that we will be giving away to budding filmmakers at the festival.

Yes, you heard right, FIVE fully loaded copies of PowerDirector Ultra! Thanks Cyberlink!

If you cant wait until the fest, check out their free trial and online tutorials today!


Chico Theater Company Sponsors Shortz! Film Fest

  • Posted: 7 July 2013

Chico Theater CompanyChico Theater Company is a regionally and nationally recognized theater company of the highest artistic merit committed to programs that enrich people's lives and perform a service to the Northern California area.  CTC uses the performing arts to inspire, educate and entertain audiences of all ages and to forge relationships with educational institutions.

In addition to providing the community with theater that enriches lives, CTC researches, develops and fosters new performing art works that celebrate the human experience and help the community recognize its commonalities.

Marc Edson, owner of the Chico Theater Company, has been a good friend to the Shortz! Film Festival and is very supportive of the film community.  Through his ticketing venue,, you can purchase tickets to the Shortz! Film Fest.  Visit, find and click on the Shortz! Film Fest banner to purchase your ticket now.


Grana...join us there!

  • Posted: 6 July 2013


   Shortz! Film Festival is proud to announce it’s newest sponsor, Grana!  


This superb restaurant is the festival’s official hotspot for the Filmmaker Meet & Greet Dinner and both after parties on Saturday & Sunday.  Watch for more details as we near the festival and be sure to join us for all three!  But don’t wait. Visit Grana, Chico's only farm to table osteria now, and see why they continue to get rave reviews. Grana is located at 198 E. 2nd St  Chico, CA.

A little more about Grana

As a locally owned and operated restaurant, Grana not only recognizes the responsibility they have towards the sustainability of our community, but is also enlivened by the tremendous opportunity to bring to town such a unique dining experience. Downtown Chico’s first wood fired oven is showcased in a beautifully repurposed space on the corner of East 2nd and Wall St. and features a sophisticated and contemporary design that, while completely remodeled, still pays homage to the building’s previous tenant, whose logo and red stripe are featured prominently upon the back wall.

Grana specializes in traditional wood fired neapolitan pizzas complemented by a variety of fresh seasonal food, boutique wines, and craft beers.


Say hello to UpGraded Living Magazine

  • Posted: 1 July 2013

Upgraded Living

Shortz! Film Festival is proud to announce that Upgraded Living Magazine has joined us this year as a sponsor. 
Go to the nearest place that has their July issue and check out page 22!  We are so excited to be a part of such a high quality local magazine.  A magazine with a brighter view of your community. This is also a good time to visit their office, 334 Broadway, Chico CA and pickup your ticket to the Shortz! Film Festival. 

Announcing the Shortz! Roku channel !

  • Posted: 23 May 2013

In our continuing effort to introduce our remarkable filmmakers to new and diverse audiences, we proudly and loudly announce the
Shortz! Film Fest Roku channel!

Now if your film screens at our festival, you'll have the option to present it to a wider digital audience.

You may be asking yourself, that's great but what will this amazing new distribution channel going to cost me. Well, it's free. Tha's, zilch,zero. It's our way of saying we think your films are GREAT and deserve a larger audience.

If you are a past screening filmmaker and want to have your film included, you will soon be receiving an email from us requesting some additional Roku specific information. If you haven't screened at our festival, head over to and get you films submitted for this year's fest. But, do it quick, regular submission ends next Friday night, then the submission price will double.

The channel will be available in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for it in the channel store.

The Shortz! Film Festival Crew

BCM invites you!

  • Posted: 11 May 2013

Join the fun for BCM’s First Ever Screening Room Event June 9th 6-8pmBCM

Don’t miss this this opportunity to show your work and hang out with other Indy filmmakers like yourself in a creative and cutting edge community environment

Light refreshments and snacks will be served during the networking event after the screenings. You can mix and mingle with audience, cast, crew and directors…the possibilities are endless…

Submission Guidelines

Final Deadline MAnd the fun doesn't stop there! Be sure to attend the BCM Summer Shorts Movie Jam, July 27-July 28

Berkeley Community Media
2239 MLK Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704



MovieMaker Top 25

  • Posted: 24 April 2013
MM 25 Coolest

Hey Shortz! Film Fest fans, MovieMaker magazine is asking the film community to nominate their favorite film festivals for a chance to be named in their Top 25 coolest film festivals listing.
Now, we know that the Shortz! Film Festival is your absolute favorite fest ever (ok, maybe we are stretching that just a tiny bit), but now it's time for the rest of the world to know just how cool it is and share in our fun.
Click here to quickly pop over to their website and cast your vote for Shortz!
By the way -  You can nominate as many festivals as you want, just not the same festival twice.


The Shortz! Film Fest Team

"TRASHED" at Sierra Nevada Big Room

  • Posted: 18 April 2013

Trashed posterOur friends, and on-going sponsor, ChicoBag is proud to present the North Valley premier of the award-winning documentary


Academy award winning actor Jeremy Irons explores some of the most pressing environmental issues in an eye-opening film.  “We hope the film will demonstrate that by changing the way we live our lives, we can contribute to our own survival and well-being and ultimately that of the planet.” -Jeremy Irons


When:Monday, April 22nd

Where: Sierra Nevada Big Room

Why: To benefit local non-profits and do something nice for the community

Come out for an inspiring night benefiting local nonprofits: Kids and Creeks, Butte Environmental Council and 5Gyres.


Arrive early to talk with representatives from the great organizations involved, see an art installation by 5Gyres and grab a beer before the film!   This will be a waste-free event so bring a reusable pint or get one as a gift for your donation.

A donation of any amount gets you in the door. Special gifts from ChicoBag and Klean Kanteen will be given to those who donate $10 or more.  All donations will go toward education on water conservation and protection, waste reduction and plastic pollution.