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.


Sponsors Galore!

The Shortz! Film Festival would like to thank it’s returning sponsors. These are the folks who have been faithful in helping to make the Shortz! Film Fest the huge success that is. So when you are out doing business in the friendly city of Chico, remember to support those business that support the Shortz! Film Festival, and remember to thank them for doing so.

Avalon Portraits

Avalon Portraits

Chico Bag

Chico Bag

Graphic Fox


Graphic Fox

Chico Theater Company

Chico Theater Company

Vista Net


Video Maker

Video Maker Magazine 


Traider Joes

Trader Joes




Saint George Spirits Becomes a Sponsor!

ST. George Spirits

Since it was founded, thirty-two years ago by Jorg Rupf , St. George Spirits has grown from a one man operation, with a bare bones production facility jerry-rigged on saw horses, to a 65,000 square-foot hanger space, with a tasting room, laboratory, and line up of the most beautiful pot stills you may ever see. The people at St. George Spirits are linked by their passion for both the art and craft of distillation—and their desire to say something new through the language of distillery. St. George Spirits was the first distillery in the United States to legally produce Absinthe after the U.S. ban was lifted in 2007. They have a main line of Gins and they also distil Bourbon, Single Malt Whiskey, Rum, Fruit Brandies, Fruit Liqueurs, Coffee Liqueur, and other Kindered Spirits, all of them superb. Some of the Shortz! Film Festival coordinators took a trip down to Alameda to visit the St. George Spirits distillery, in May of this year, and we had a blast. The Distillery is housed in an old air-plane hanger on the vacated Alameda Naval Air Station, The tasting tour was highly entertaining and educational, and well worth the $15.00 price tag. The next time you visit the San Francisco bay area, plan on stopping by, you'll be glad you did.

L-R: Brent Boyd, Art Martinez, Renee Boyd, Janeane Roads-Peterson, and Scott Brown 
at the St. George distillery.

Please welcome St. George Spirits to the Shortz! Film Festival Sponsorship Team.
And be sure to come to the Shortz! Film Festival, Septermber 12th, 13th, and 14th, at the beautiful El Ray Theater in down town Chico

ROKU Sponsors the Shortz! Film Festival

RokuWe are especially proud and excited to announce that ROKU has joined the Shortz! Film Festival as a sponsor. "What is ROKU?" you ask...WELL the people at ROKU make a little device. This little device plugs into your TV and hooks to your home Ethernet or WiFi. Then through this little device you have access to OVER A THOUSANDS channels, subscription services, and convenient ways to rent or buy your favorite films and TV shows. It's like having a Netflix and a Red Box in your house, well actually it is a Netflix and a Red  Box in your house because they both have ROKU Channels. There is also Hulu, ESPN, You Tube, HBO, Ted Talks, Amazon Prime, and the list goes on and on. Speaking of ROKU channels, check out the Shortz! Film Festival channel on ROKU. It's free and you will have access to almost every film ever screened at the Shortz! Fest. Did you enjoy a film that you saw at the Shortz! Fest a couple years ago? Well it's on the Shortz Fest Channel, waiting for you to enjoy it again, anytime you like. 

Please welcome ROKU to the Shortz! Film Festival!

And be sure to look for some cool ROKU swag being given away at this years Shortz! Film Festival, September 12th, 13th and 14th, at the beautiful El Ray Theater in down town Chico, CA.

Chuck Patterson Joins Our Sponsors

Chuck Patterson Toyota Scion DodgeLong time local auto dealership Chuck Patterson Toyota-Scion-Dodge has joined the Shortz! Film Festival as a sponsor! The Chuck Patterson auto dealership has been serving Chico and the surrounding communities since 1967. We are proud that one of the areas best known and well established car dealers has decided to support the Shortz! Film Festival. Chuck Paterson has a strong, committed sales staff  with many years of experience in satisfying there customers needs and over the years has won numerous awards including the Toyota's prestigious Presidential Award. They offer new and used cars, and have a fully equipped parts and service center. If you are looking for a new vehicle, a previously owned vehicle, or you need to repair you current ride, check out Chuck Patterson Toyota, Scion, Dodge. And remember to thank them for supporting the Shortz! Film Festival.

And we will see you at the 4th annual Shortz! Film Festival, September 12th, 13th, and 14th at the beautiful El Rey Theater in Down Town Chico.

Jungle Software; New Sponsor of the Shortz! Film Festival

Jungle SoftwareWe are excited to announce that Jungle Software, makers of some really cool, really helpful software, have joined the Shortz! Fest as a sponsor! Jungle Software produces filmmaking software that helps filmmakers do everything related to their project, from script writing, to story boarding, to cast managing to budgeting. Imagine a single application to handle your entire film project, it's all in one package. Jungle Software is donating two copies of Chimpanzee ($129.00 value each) to the festival. Chimpanzee is a production management software package that is just perfect for the short filmmaker.  Do you need to make call sheets for your cast? Need to schedule your shots for the day? Need to create a story board? Need to manage your props and set dressing? Chimpanzee handles it all for you. It even helps you stay on budget! But that's not all, Jungle Software is also donating a copy of Koala Call Sheets ($49 value). With Koala Call Sheets you can set your daily schedule, choose the cast and crew that your will need on set, set your times for everything from breakfast, to the last shot of the day, organize the props you will need and more. Then you can email the call sheets to the crew right through Koala. You will be so organized you won't know what to do with yourself!

We will be raffling off these software packages at the Fest, which gives you another great reason to come to the show! You could win! See you at the Shortz Film Festival, September 12th, 13th, and 14th at the El Rey Theater in Downtown Chico.

Let us welcome Jungle Software as our sponsor, as they help to make the Fourth Annual Shortz Film Festival a spectacular event.
Please check the Jungle Software website here:,

Shortz! Film Festival is just around the corner!

film reel imageFilm submissions have ended and the festival is a mere six weeks away! Thanks to filmmakers from across the globe we are incredibly excited about the lineup of films we will be screening this year.

The coordinators are hard at work on programming and other preparations for what is shaping up to be the best Shortz! Film Festival ever.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be announcing our new and returning sponsors who have graciously donated over $2000 worth of prizes and swag that we will be both raffling and giving away at the festival.

So, be sure to keep an eye on our website for updates on all of the films and festival events, as well as information on how you can win a free pass to the entire weekend of films and events.  

And don't forget, the popcorn is always free at the Shortz! FIlm Festival! 

This is just a small taste of what's in store, and why you'll want to put Sept. 12th -14th on your calendar. Get your tickets now at!

See you there!

Zacuto Giveaway


Thanks to Zacuto, we are giving one of these away!


Hey Film Fans!, Our new sponsor, Zacuto is donating a Z-Finder Pro 2.5x to the Shortz! Film Festival! And we will be giving it away to a lucky filmmaker who attends. That’s right, you may be going home with one of these babies.

Z-Finder Pro 2.5 And Mount PlateZ-Finder Pro 2.5 Mounted to Camera (camera not included)

The Z-Finder Pro 2.5x is an optical viewfinder that allows your DSLR camera to have the correct form factor for video and magnifies the LCD screen by 2.5x. It has a comfy eye cup that blocks out outside light, and has a diopter so that you can adjust the focus to match your eye. It attaches to your camera via the included Gorilla Plate V2. The retail value for the Z-Finder-Pro is $395.00 and we are giving it away to one of our attending filmmakers.

So here is what you have to do to make this baby your own. If you have entered a film that is screened at the festival and you attend the Sunday evening awards ceremony, September 14th, you will be entered into a drawing to receive this Z-Finder Pro2.5. You MUST be present to win. (One entry per attending filmmaker) Sorry no exceptions. Zacuto has made arrangements with us to make sure that you get the right model for your camera. It's just that easy, just show up to the best film fest around, watch a few great short films and when you hear your name called, claim your prize. Why would you want to miss it? This year’s Shortz! Film Festival is promising to be the best we’ve ever had.

Not a film maker? Don't have a film in the festival? Don't worry, this is just one item in a long list of really cool stuff (over $1000 in prizes) that we will be giving away to lucky folks who attend the fest. Just come, enjoy some great short films, and take home cool goodies! But your have to be thereI So make your plans now, mark your calendar, tell your friends to come to the 4th Annual Shortz! Film Fest, September 12th  13th & 14th, at the El Rey Theater in Chico CA.


Hey Film Fans, time is running out! Submissions for the 2014 Shortz! Film Festival will close July 31 at Midnight, so get your film in today! Right now! Right this instant! Once the dead line is here, you  will have to wait until next year, and you don't want to wait that long. All you have to do is click on the FilmFreeway link here or on our home page, register and upload your film. It's just that easy! Don't wait, do it now. Then make plans to be at the festival. This years Shortz! Film Fest  is September 12th, 13th and 14th, and you don't want to miss it. This year we have some great sponsors, who have donated some excellent prizes that we are giving away but you have to be present to win. You could score some sweet swag just by showing up We also have the strongest lineup of films ever. We are very international this year with at least one submission from every continent on the planet except Antarctica. (Come on Antarctica, get with the program) So if you have a film, get it in, if you don't have a film but enjoy short films, make plans to come to the Shortz! Film Fest September 12-14 at the El Ray Theater in Chico California.