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.


August has arrived!

  • Posted: 1 August 2012

It's almost time! Only 24 more days until the Shortz! Film Festival. But you don't have to wait to buy tickets, they are now on sale at Diamond W Western Wear in Chico.  They will also be available at the El Rey theater on Sat., 25th & Sun., 26th at the door.

For a mere $10 you get to see a great line up of short films from all over Northern California and beyond. Over 25 films in genres like drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi, animation, and documentary. Something for everyone. 

Remember we're at our new venue, the beautiful El Rey Theater, a Chico landmark.

You won't want to miss this event, so get your tickets now!

ChicoBag Sponsors the Shortz! Film Fest.

  • Posted: 26 July 2012

ChicoBagChicoBag is on a mission to reduce and eliminate single-use paper and plastic bags by providing a smart, durable, and tasteful alternative.  ChicoBag offers a wide variety of fashionable, lightweight, environmentally friendly reusable shopping bags and packs that can be easily stuffed into an integrated pouch.

The ChicoBag story: During a visit to the local landfill in 2004, the founder of ChicoBag, Andy Keller, took note of all the single-use plastic bags that seemed to dominate the land fill.  On his way home he began to notice these plastic bags everywhere.  He was horrified and decided that day to stop using plastic bags and that something had to be done about this problem. Then Andy got an idea, bought a second hand sewing machine, and began creating what would become ChicoBag.  Today ChicoBag is the industry leader in reusable bags and totes.

This years featured filmmakers, and one very lucky audience member who attends the Shortz! Film Fest will receive one of these bags as a gift, a “swag bag” so-to-speak. 


Thank you ChicoBag for sponsoring the 2012 Shortz! Film Fest!


Fifth Sun Sponsors The Chico Film Fest

  • Posted: 22 July 2012

For over 15 years Fifth Sun has been a leading national supplier of graphic apparel.  Fifth Sun supplies many clothing stores that you might recognize such as Hot Topic, and Urban Outfitters, and large chains that you will defiantly recognize such as JC Penney, Kohl's, and Walmart.  If you see clothing with a graphic design on it, it might be from Fifth Sun.  Especially if you see that shirt at the Shortz! Film Fest, because Fifth Sun has graciously provided the tee-shirts for both last years and this years film festivals.You see Fifth Sun may ship to the big boys in the retail world but they also remember the small mom and pop organizations as well.  If you have a need for quality designed graphic apparel, you are encouraged to contact Fifth Sun.
The shirts that Fifth Sun has provided for us are high quality and you will want one when you get to the fest, but you had better buy early because there is a limited supply.
Thank you Fifth Sun for sponsoring the 2012 Shortz! Film Festival!

Digital Print & Design Sponsors the Shortz! Film Fest

  • Posted: 21 July 2012

Digital Print & DesignWe would like to thank Jessica and Les of Digital Print & Design for their gracious sponsorship.  For 17 years they have been serving Chico businesses and non-profits  like us.  They are a locally owned and operated and can provide everything a business needs to succeed.  Digital Print & Design can create your corporate identity for you, print it on your business cards, sales materials, and packaging, as well as handle your promotional materials such as your catalogs and mailing services.  Digital Print & Design can even print your full color posters and banners like they did for the Shortz! Film Fest! 
And one of our favorite things about Digital Print & Design is that when you enter their shop, you are greeted by two friendly Irish Wolf Hounds.  You have to love a business that is dog friendly!
Thank you Digital Print & Design sponsoring the Shortz! Film Fest.

Meet another terrific sponsor!

  • Posted: 15 July 2012

Graphic FoxWe are pleased that Graphic Fox is a sponsor of the Shortz! Film Festival.

The Graphic Fox takes great pride in its reputation for serving the north valley community in many ways.  Owner Larry Laney, an active member in Chico Rotary, gives his time and resources to help others in the community through high standards and honest business practices.

For more than 35 years, Graphic Fox, a quality-oriented company, has provided traditional single and full color offset printing. They also offer high-speed digital color and black and white prints. They have 10 employees to assist in designing, preparing, printing and finishing customer projects like business cards, brochures, newsletters, business systems, envelopes, computer forms, catalogs, and so much more.  Other services include direct mail service, "outside" sales representative, free quotes, free pick-up & delivery and free consultation.

When you want your project done right, take it to Graphic Fox.

Thank you Graphic Fox for sponsoring the 2012 Shortz! Film Festival.

Welcome Another Great Sponsor, Feather Falls Casino!

  • Posted: 8 July 2012

Feather Falls CasinoFeather Falls Casino in Oroville is the premier California casino, the place to play, win and have a good time and now a very generous sponsor of the 2012 Shotz Film Festival.

With over 1100 loose slot machines, gaming tables, and Poker Room that are open seven days a week, Feather Falls in not only a great place for gaming, but the Lodge at Feather Falls with its luxurious amenities and comfortable, well-appointed rooms, it is simply the place to stay in Oroville. 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. Or how about some gourmet dining at the Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co. This is a great place to enjoy a beer with signature dishes from their chef, hand-tossed pizzas, and fresh sushi and sashimi. And the Feather Falls Casino Show Room is a great place to see some of the best entertainment to visit Northern California.


Thank you Feather Falls Casino for sponsoring the 2012 Shortz Film Fest.

You Don't Have To Be Big To Help In a Big Way!

  • Posted: 1 July 2012

You don't have to be a business to be a sponsor of the Shortz! Film Fest.  Just do what Mike Dobson, Kathy Nichols, and Trish Lindsey (thanks, you guys) did.--

Go to the Shortz! Film Fest Sponsor page, click the "Donate" button and make a donation of your choice.  This will help us bring you a really fun weekend of short films and free popcorn!

See you at the El Rey Aug. 25th & Aug 26th!

VistaNet Sponsors Shorts Film Fest

  • Posted: 28 June 2012

The Shortz Film Festival is proud to announce that VistaNet has sponsored the 2012 film Festival.

VistaNet is the premier Network Integrator and Internet Service provider of Northern California.  They are based in Chico and have been around since 1996, but don't let the fact that they come from a small town fool you. VistaNet has designed and deployed  technology solutions for numerous organizations throughout Northern California including corporate, education, government, and non-profits entities. VistaNet offers a complete line of technology products to meet the needs of every organization. From Networking to the Internet they can design solutions for each of their clients specific needs. From small peer to peer networks to large, complex enterprise networks and beyond, VistaNet is your technology partner.

Thank you VistaNet for supporting the 2012 Shortz Film Festival.

Videomaker Magazine sponsors the Shortz Film Fest!

  • Posted: 26 June 2012

The Shortz Film Fest coordinators are proud to announce that Videomaker Magazine has sponsored our 2012 Festival. 

Videomaker Magazine has been around since 1985 and is the brain child of Matt York.  In his own words, Matt created Videomaker Magazine “To help others achieve their pursuits by using video as a common communications medium. We picture a world where people use video cameras as regularly as they use ink pens, keyboards, cameras, email, texts, printers and blogs to communicate thoughts, ideas and concepts."  Matts' love for video goes back to the days of “Super 8” film and through Videomaker Magazine he keeps his subscribers up to date with modern technology through how-to tutorials, equipment and software reviews, and insights and tips into production, distribution, and so much more.  A quick look at the Videomaker website and any filmmaker can see that this magazine and website are valuable resources.

Please welcome Matt and Videomaker Magazine by dropping by the website, and say the Shortz Film Fest sent you.

7 Day Countdown!

  • Posted: 23 June 2012



Only 7 more days until our submission period ends for the 2012 Shortz! Film Festival. If you are dying to get your film in, you need to submit it before Saturday, June 30th at midnight.


Just click on the DEADLINE image to be effortlessly whisked away to our filmmaker submission page.  Once there just click on the  SUBMIT FILM  button on the right and follow the instructions.


Now's the time!