The Shortz! Film Festival is an annual international short film festival in Chico, California showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. The festival accepts and screens short films with running times of 30 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.



It is with a heavy heart and much deliberation that we have decided to put the festival on hiatus until further notice.


A Busy Month of May!

What a busy month of May the Shortz! Film Festival coordinators had!

On May 1st Brent and Renee Boyd traveled to Newport Beach, CA where Renee was invited to do press photography at the Newport Beach Film Festival.  Now in it’s 15th year, this eight-day festival screened over 350 films, in multiple locations. Renee, with Brent assisting, photographed the red carpet event for the movie “Chef” and took photos at final night gala.

They saw several stars, including Jon Favreau, who wrote and directed “Chef,” as well as other talent from the film.  Many know Jon as “Happy” in Iron Man and as the director of “Iron Man 1 & 2”, “Elf”, and “Cowboys and Aliens”.


While there they also met Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, the man whom the 1993 movie "Rudy" was based on.  Seen here with Renee, "Rudy", was a one of the first people to walk the red carpet and was a great guy to talk with during the gala afterwards.

One of the first people they met at the festival was co-founder, Todd Quartararo.   Even though he was busy organizing the evening’s events, he made time to introduce himself and to chat about Chico.  As it turned out Mr. Quartararo has a Chico connection; he was a former roommate of Michael Peck, the instructor who leads Pleasant Valley High School’s House of Blue film production class.  We are pleased, like last year, some of his students will be submitting their films to this year’s student block at the Shortz! Film Festival.


On May 3rd Scott Brown was honored to be a judge at the BSSM Film Festival  in Redding, CA. 

He had an awesome time and saw some great films from the students that attend the school.  The festival was held at the Redding Civic Auditorium and was highly attended.

bssm ticketMatthew & Joy Thayer, of Spiro Productions, and founders of the festival, help teach the students the craft  of filmmaking. 

You may remember a couple of last year’s winners came from Redding filmmakers; 1st Place Judges Choice and Audience Choice Short Film Winner “The Inbetween”, by Rachel Nichols, and 1st Place Brief winner, “Man’s Best Friend”, by Matthew Thayer.


On May 25th Brent, Renee, Scott, writer Janeane Rhoads-Peterson and photographer Art Martinez traveled to the Bay Area to attend HEROFEST in Berkeley, CA.  But before arriving there, they took a detour to St. George Distillery in Alameda, CA. As a “tasty side note”, St. George Distillery was voted best craft distillery in America.  They produce gins, whiskies, brandies, and liqueurs, among other things.  They were the first distillery to legally produce real absinthe in America after the ban was lifted in 2007.  And no, it won’t make you go blind.  ;)


But we digress, back to HEROFEST.  Now in its 8th year, HEROFEST Action Film Festival, which is organized by Disciple of Torrid Productions, was held at Berkeley Community Media Center. It featured independent action short films by several Bay Area filmmakers, some of which have submitted to the Shortz! Film Festival in past years. (2012 Audience Choice 1st Place Brief Winner, “Lady In The Kitchen”, by Bo! Campbell. 2011 Audience Choice 1st Place Short Film Winner, “Buster Jones-The Movie”, by Robert Parham)

We not only saw some great short films, but we also got to see Scott get his butt kicked in a scene from Robert Parham’s upcoming feature film “Bullets, Blades and Blood”.

The festival started with a reception where the public and filmmakers could meet and network.  Then a packed house was treated to action trailers, clips, and shorts, filmmaker Q & A, and raffle prizes.  It was quite a fun trip.



As we enter June our excitement grows each day we get closer to opening night. New and returning sponsors, along with other surprises, promise to make this year’s festival one you will not want to miss!  Put this on your calendar, Shortz! Film Festival, Sept. 12th-14th, 2014 at the El Rey Theater, in Chico, CA. 

Be sure to keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for information on how to get your tickets early!

Welcome to our latest sponsor Zacuto!

Welcome Zacuto!

The Shortz Film Festival is proud to announce that Zacuto has joined us as a sponsor. We can't express how excited we are about this new partnership. If you didn’t already know, Zacuto manufactures, sells, and rents high quality, originally designed camera and filmmaking equipment such as view finders, mounting rigs, and other accessories. They pride themselves on innovation. Their unique designs transform your camera into whatever you need it to be for any kind of shooting application. And their DSLR optical view finders set the standard around the world.

Check them out here:

Check Out the Wasaga Beach Film Festival!

Hey Filmmakers!Wasaga Beach Film Festival

Interested in submitting your films to another great international film festival... for FREE! Thanks to Dianna Chycki, Co-Chair of the Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival, we got good information about this cool festival.  Check this out.

The Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival are pleased to announce the Call for Film and Video Entries for the 4th Annual Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival. The film festival is nested on the world’s longest fresh water beach, Wasaga Beach, just an hour and a half from Toronto, Canada and is gaining recognition year over year.

The submission dates are from May 1st to November 28th, 2014. There is no entry registration fee.

The Fourth Annual Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival will culminate on January 24th, 2015 in Wasaga Beach at the RecPlex. For more details on the categories and rules for submitting go to

Have fun and good luck!

Shortz! Film Festival Staff


Coordinator Braidon Thorn Hits The Sacramento Comic-con

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!


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!

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

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

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


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 ! ! !