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 cancel this year's Shortz! Film Festival.
We are not only doing this in accordance with the CDC and State recommendations, but also as a commitment to keep all of our Shortz! family of filmmakers, volunteers and staff safe and healthy throughout this global pandemic.
We hope to have dates and plans for our 11th year 10 year anniversary celebration and blowout party bash posted soon. Keep checking back for more info.

Love and best wishes to all of you


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

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

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!

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!



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!


Avalon Portrait Gallery Sponsors Shortz Fest


The Shortz Film Fest staff is proud to announce the return of Avalon Portrait Gallery as a sponsor for the 2012 Festival.  Steve Twist, owner of Avalon Portraits has been a generous sponsor of the Shortz Fest from the beginning. 

Avalon Portrait Gallery specializes in wedding photography and has been voted Best of Chico wedding photographers four years running in the Chico News and Review. They have also been a favorite for senior portraits as well as family, baby, and professional business portraits for years. 

As with all our sponsors, please thank them by supporting them. You can visit the Avalon Portrait Gallery website at by clicking here:

Premiere at the Pagent

We had a terrific afternoon at the Pagent Theater for the premiere of Midsummer Nightmare-The Betrayal and ToXin, from Arcadian Entertainment.  As an added treat we also saw three other great films.  Look for them and many more excellent films at this year's festival.


August 25th & 26th is a mere 13 weeks away!

Bucks for Briefs & More!

$50 for the Briefs category & $300 for the Shorts category!


  Our first place winners in each category get cold hard cash and a SWEET Shortz! Film Fest trophy.  And the prizes don't stop there, but you'll have to enter for the chance to win.

  Along with hundreds of eyes watching the short film you have worked so hard on, what more could an independent filmmaker want?!

  Get those submissions in now before the June 1st regular entry deadline, only $10.  If you miss that, don't worry, late entry is June 2nd-June 30th for only $20.

  Go to and click on the SUBMIT FILM box on the right.


  Do it now!


Shortz Film Fest is at the El Rey Theater!

In case you haven't heard, the Shortz Film Fest is going to be at the beautiful El Rey Theater in Downtown Chico. This is a real treat for those of us who grew up in Chico.  I saw my first Star Wars movie in this theater.   This is the perfect venue for the Shortz Film Fest, with plenty of seating, a large screen, with an excellent blueray projector and an incredible sound system.  The El Rey is right downtown Chico, it is close to several restaurants within easy walking distance, and plenty of parking.  All of the members of the Shortz Film Fest planning committee are very proud to be presenting the film fest in this beautiful theater.  Put a note on your calendar to not miss this years Short Film Fest, August 25th and 26th.  

Call For Entries Has Begun!

And the fun begins!  Films are arriving, event details are being worked out, and the popcorn is popping early!



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Show us those great little films you've worked so hard on.  Let us show them to the whole community!  Submit now.

Call For Entries!

Just a quick reminder to all our past and future filmmakers, our call for entries opens March 1st!

For a mere $10, you can submit your film to be a part of our incredible short film festival.

Last year 32 films and their filmmakers spent 3 days basking in the glow of cinematic splendor. Don't miss your chance to be a part of it.

We look forward to seeing you and your films soon!

Shortz! Film Festival Staff