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.


And the Tin Cannes Award goes to..


Congratulations to Nate Hopkins, one of several students, for winning a Tin Cannes Award at the PV House of Blue Tin Cannes Film Festival last night in Chico Ca. 

We look forward to PV House of Blue student films at the Shortz! Film Festival September 18th-20th, 2015, at the El Rey Theater. 

Support student filmmakers and the Shortz! Film Fest by getting your tickets now at May Madness sale is still on for a "shortz" time!

Feather Falls Casino & Brewing Co. is back!

Feather Falls Casino and BreweryFeather Falls Casino & Brewery, in Oroville, the premier California casino that is the place to play, win and have a good time, is now a generous sponsor of the 2015 Shortz! Film Festival!Feather Falls slots

Feather Falls Brewery & Dining



With Northern California's loosest slot machines, multiple gaming tables, and a Poker Room that has weekly tournaments and daily promotions, Feather Falls is not only a great place for gaming, but is simply the best place to dine and stay in Oroville. All that play can make you hungry so how about some gourmet dining at the Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co.

This is a great place to enjoy some tasty beer from Feather Falls Decades picBrewmaster, Roland Allen.  Pair it up with something from their amazing menu like gourmet signature dishes from their chef, hand-tossed pizzas, and fresh sushi and sashimi.

And the Feather Falls Casino Show Room is a terrific place to see some of the best entertainment acts to visit Northern California. See tons of superb music acts including a local favorite, Decades!

As a TripAdvisor 2014 Winner of a Certificate of Excellence award, The Lodge at Feather Falls is the perfect way to end an evening of fun with its luxurious amenities and comfortable, well-appointed rooms, 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.

A comprehensive place of entertainment!

We very excited to have  Feather Falls Casino & Brewery  sponsor the 2015 Shortz! Film Festival.  Please take a moment to thank them in person or with your patronage.

Welcome InkTip!

The staff at Shortz! are excited to announce that InkTip is a proud sponsor of the Shortz! Film Festival!  If you haven't heard of them, let us introduce you to this fantastic service.  Started in 2000, the people at InkTip recognized how the difficult it was for screenwriters to get exposure for their works, let alone get their scripts sold. After extensive research and surveys with agents, managers and producers, InkTip created a service that was a benefit to everyone. 

The company's tagline "Where everyone goes for scripts and writers" says it all.  Check out the Successes tab on the website for numerous success stories.  Among them are these stories;  "Hole in the Paper Sky" is a short film starring Jessica Biel ("Blade: Trinity," "The Illusionist," "The A-Team") that was based on a script written by Howard Kingkade who was discovered on InkTip by producer Michelle Purple, co-president of Iron Ocean Films with Biel. Jessica Biel

Danny TrejoDanny Trejo, goes from "Machete" to "Bullet".  The script for “Bullet” was originally co-written by Nick Lyon and Byron Lester.  The director/producer found Lester on InkTip after reading his spec scripts.

Lenny Beckerman with Anonymous Content signed InkTip writer John Biemeret to represent him.  Biemeret was initially discovered on InkTip when a development executive at Cube Vision found his script "Karate Guy" on the site.  Anonymous Content’s management division currently represents several A-list and Academy Award-winning clients such as directors Steven Soderbergh (“Ocean’s Eleven,” “Magic Mike,” “Traffic”) and Gavin Hood (“Ender’s Game,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), and actors Ryan Gosling (“Drive,” “The Notebook”), Emma Stone (“The Help,” “The Help”) and Robin Wright (“House of Cards,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”).

And there are so many more.  Yours could be the next success story.

Four writers get their scripts optioned or sold each week with InkTip. In the last two years, producers and reps used InkTip to option, purchase, hire, and sign more than 500 scripts and writers.  So what are you waiting for screenwriters? Get your scripts in the hands of producers, agents and managers with InkTip.

So what does this mean?  Three lucky winners of the Shortz! Film Festival will receive prize packages from our new partner InkTip! InkTip helps writers sell their scripts and get representation. That means your script could be on the InkTip sight to be seen by many Industry Professionals.

Go and check them out! 

Register for your InkTip account and list your scripts today.   inkTip Banner
To List Your Scripts: REGISTER HERE
To Find Good Scripts And Writers: REGISTER HERE



Do you hear that? Off in the distance, yet rapidly approaching. Is it a train? No it’s bigger. Is it thunder? No, more powerful. Is it the charge of Cavalry?  No more Ominous. Is it the Shortz! Film Festival Call for Submissions? YES!

It’s that time of year again, when the Shortz! Film Fest opens it’s gates, lifts the portcullis, and lowers the drawbridge to receive your incredible films! The call for submissions for the 2015 Shortz Film Festival begins on March 1st 2015.  Are you ready?.

This is the fifth year for the Shortz! Film Fest and there are going to be some big changes!  One exciting change this year is we are introducing Film Categories. No longer will Animations be judged against Dramas, Comedies against Documentaries. We will be releasing more information on our Film Categories soon.

So what do you have to do? Have your film ready on March 1st. Find the submission link, that will be the Shortz! Film Festival home page. Submission is only $10.00 for early birds. Then make your plans to attend the Shortz! Film Fest, September 18th, 19th and 20th at the El Rey Theater in Chico CA.

We are looking forward to seeing your films!  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and our website, Shortz! Film Fest.

Any Questions? Contact us at

Roku Updates

Just a reminder to all of our short film fans with Roku boxes, we are adding new films daily to our world famous Roku channel (over 20,000 subscribers and climbing).  If you don't see your favorites yet, keep checking back, we are adding dozens a week. Also, let us know what you think of the channel, we love to hear your comments.

And The Shortz! Go To....

We would like to thank all of the filmmakers who graciously let us screen their works this past weekend. Over 20 filmmakers from around the world joined us in the screening of their incredible films, and at the conclusion of our 3 day short film extravaganza, we proudly announce the following winners of our Judges and Audience choice categories.


Judges Choice Film Filmmaker Award Country
1st Place 11 Minutes Tom Skowronski $300 and a one of a kind Shortz! trophy US
2nd Place A Short Film About Fear Keith O'Grady Jungle Software's Chimpanzee Production Software Ireland
3rd Place Call Her Lotte Annekathrin Wetzel Jungle Software's Koala Call Sheets Software Germany
Brief Benji's Memory Heidi Moore $50 and a one of a kind Shortz! trophy US
Audience Choice Film Filmmaker Award Country
1st Place Call Her Lotte Annekathrin Wetzel Roku 2 Streaming Player Germany
2nd Place Pie Lady Of Pie Town Jane Rosemont Jungle Software's Chimpanzee Production Software US
3rd Place Cold Spring Shiyan Feng Trader Joes Bag O' Goodies China
Brief Rev. Jimmy Snow vs. Decades Ben Ruttenburg Pair of Shortz! Grip Gloves. US

And the winner of our Zacuto Z-Finder Pro giveaway was Rob Carpenter / Dirty Bill Of Health / Canada.

Congrats Rob!

The Time Has Come!

We've all waited so long and now the time has come for the 4th Annual Shortz! Film Festival! 

Be amazed and entertained by 54 independent short films from around the world!  Come sit in one of the most beautiful theaters in Northern California, the El Rey, and munch on free popcorn while you enjoy theses little gems.  Visit with over 20 of the filmmakers who have come from all over the globe.  Cast your vote for the Best Short Film and Best Brief.  Help the Shortz! Film Fest staff make this the best year ever by grabbing a friend and coming down to be a part of this amazing weekend!  Like Us on Facebook. Tweet us to your friends.

Frichicotix.comday Sept 12th doors open at 6:30pm!  Saturday Sept 13th doors open at 11:30am  Sunday Sept. 14th doors open at 2:00pm. 

Get your Weekend Pass at or at the door.

Chico Screen Print Joins The Shortz! Film Fest Sponsors

Shortz Film Festival T-shirtWe are proud to announce that Chico Screen Print has joined as our newest sponsor. The are screen printing this years T-shirts. Chico Screen Print may be a new sponsor to the Shorz! Fest but rest assured that their T-shirts will live up to the quality that you have come to know and expect from the Shortz Fest. Chico Screen Print not only does screen printing on t-shits, but they also do hat, aprons, and custom embroidering. If you need custom shirts and hats for your sports team, embroidered shirts for you work uniform or any type of custom screen printing please give Chico Screen Print a call at (530) 891-5029, and tell them the Shortz! Film Festival sent you. No job is too big or small for Chico Screen Print. 

And be sure to pick up a T-Shirt at the 4th annual Shortz! Film Festival at the beautiful El Rey Theater in Downtown Chico, September 12th - 14th.

Tickets on sale now at

What's That I Hear?

Be sure to catch coordinators Renee Boyd and Scott Browns interview with Vince Haynie, on Chico Now, from Media Partner KKXX-AM930 & FM104.5 Monday, Sept. 8th, at 12:30 pm, 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm.  If you miss those times, join us on the Morning Show with Jerry Olenyn, Tuesday, September 9th at 8 am. also on KKXX.

But wait there's more! Tune in Wednesday, Sept. 10th, at 8am when Renee and Scott visit Scott Michaels on Media Partner, 95.7FM The Wolf.  


Listen for the Shortz Fest to be mentioned on their sister station, 96.7FM Classic Hits, throughout the weekend.

No matter what your music preference, you can find the Shortz! Film Festival all over the airwaves. Tune in to each station, find out all the exciting things that are going on and listen for your chance to win a weekend pass!  

Don't forget, opening night is THIS Friday, Sept. 12th, at the El Rey theater, in Chico, CA.. We'll see you there!


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