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


KIXE joins the Shortz! Film Fest as a Media Partner!

  • Posted: 1 September 2016

KIXE LogoThe Shortz! Film Festival is VERY PROUD to anounce that KIXEPublic Broadcasting out of Redding has joined us as a Media Partner. KIXE Channels 9.1, 9.2, and 9.3 serve ten North State counties. KIXE and PBS broadcasts over five-hundred hours of arts programming each year, and over sixty hours of Childrens Educational programs each week. They are a nonprofit, member supported station so please remember them during their next member pledge drive. It is worth every dollar you give. 

The PBS Fall Arts Festival, featuring the documentary "Hamilton's America" starts October 21st, and KIXE will be holding a screening event for this program at Chico State in October. Check the KIXE Schedule for times.

We are thrilled and very thankful to be partnering with KIXE. Be sure to watch for the Shortz! Filmfest promo on KIXE Chanel 9.1.

The Official Shortz! 2016 Schedule Of Films

  • Posted: 17 August 2016

film_reel_tiny.pngThe Shortz! Film Festival is proud to announce our official 2016 schedule of films!
We would like to extend an enormous THANK YOU to all of the filmmakers that submitted work this year.

Remember - all times are in Pacific time and are subject to change if needed.


Block 1
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
True copy
Loved and Lost
Nightmare in the Library
Happy Birthday Kevin
Block 2
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM

Coordinators Choice

A block of past festival film winners and audience favorites.
Films to be announce.


Block 1
12:30 PM - 2 PM

In Memory
Adi | At The Confluence
I've just had a dream
My Baba's Kitchen
Second Skin
Serving Our Community
The Training of a Ninja
Notorious Corn


Block 3
5:30 PM -6:30 PM
The Don of Virgil Jr. High
Ghost Encounters of the Celluloid Kind
Runs In The Family
A Singularity
The Rat
Block 2
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
White Cane
Join Up
Diggin' On
Nine Days in Norcal
Rough Ride


Block 4
6:45 PM - 8:15 PM
Worth The Wait
Dystopia St.
The Unconventional Gourmet
Showgirl Style
Junkie Heaven
A Date with Death


Block 1
12:30 PM -2 PM
The Clue
another day in paradise
YanYuan - Strange connection
Testimony: Remembering Glen Canyon
Silver Dogs
The Ride
Block 2
2:15 PM -3:45 PM

Local Student Work Showcase

50 Things too do on a boring day Greenwald,Clark

Bruce Goes Cholo
Moss Taylor Billingsley Hicks

Crush Restaurant and Lounge
Farrell, Boelman

Extreme Landscaping
Ryan Earl


No ifs, ands, or BUTTS

Smooth N' Classy Deoderant Gillingwater, Ruiz

Something Scary
Group 3

Storm Water PSA
Gillingwater, Ruiz

 Storm Water PSA

Stormwater PSA
Smith, Stein


Unwritten - Full Short Film

The Spare

15 Second Scare
Farrell, Aull

15 second scare
Jack and Daniel

15 second scare
Martin and Shea


Chico , CA
United States
California US

The Films Are In!

  • Posted: 24 July 2016

The 2016 Shortz! Film Festival Films have been selected, the filmmaker notifications have been sent out, and what a great line up we have this year! We will be posting the lineup soon. This year's decisions were incredibly hard, so many amazing films to choose from, but we have a limited amount of time to show them. Congratulations to those whose films were selected. And remember, even if your film did not make the final cut, with your submission, you still receive a weekend pass to the festival. So, we encourage all filmmakers to come to the 2016 Shortz! Film Fest, September 16th through the 18th, at the El Ray Theater in downtown Chico CA.  We are looking forward to seeing you there.


Short! Film Festival Mini Fest

  • Posted: 25 June 2016

Hey Shortz! Fans, the Shortz! Film Fest is having a Mini Fest on July 2, at the Chico Theater Company. We will be showing some our favorite films from the last five seasons of the  Shortz! fest. Come and see some of the best local, regional and international films that have been submitted to Shortz! Film Fest over the last five years. Come see two hours of our favorite Comedies, Dramas, Animations, Horror films in our catalog. Nothing over 20 minutes long. And it's only five bucks. 

BEAT THE HEAT! The CHICO THEATER COMPANY has just installed brand new air conditioners! So come on down and enjoy some great movies in confort!

WHEN? Saturday, July 2nd, 2016. 7:00 pm doors open at 6:30.

WHERE? Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road Suite F, Chico CA.

HOW MUCH? $5.00 each. Such a deal, that is TWO FULL HOURS of Short Films. You won't get that deal anywhere else. 

WHERE DO I GET TICKETS? Tickets are only available at the door.



Title Screening Season Director Country TRT
A Kings Betrayal 2015 David A Bornstein United States 0:08:27
Bad Neighbor 2011 Abel Mora United States 0:01:58
likewildfire - "Me & You" 2012 Rory Walsh United States 0:03:24
Dream Raiders: Mission Zero 2013 Joshua A. Siegel United States 0:08:44
All I think of is you 2013 Shad Clark United States 0:08:00
Haiku 4: STILL 2014 Lyle Pisio Canada 0:06:25
lucy & the limbs 2014 Edlyn Capulong Canada 0:02:50
Little Boba 2011 Scott Brown United States 0:07:49
Mr.Dentonn 2015 Ivan Villamel Sanchez Spain 0:09:00


Title Screening Season Director Country TRT
Buster Jones: The Movie 2011 Dylan Hobor United States 0:05:26
In the Bag 2015 Cole Northey Canada 0:11:30
Juice Box 2015 Ezra Nelson, Taven Olsson, Peyton Allen United States 0:01:00
Lady in the Kitchen 2012 Bo! Campbell, Gino Oddone United States 0:02:00
Mean Teddies 2014 Tyler Novo Canada 0:02:25
Here With Me 2014 Pete Riski United Kingdom 0:11:29
Rough Neighborhood 2015 Matthew Thayer United States 0:01:58
The Adventure of Ned Hawkins 2015 Stephen&Chelsey Diaz United States 0:07:31
Karma 2015 Vladimir Mitrevski Macedonia 0:17:39

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The Clock is Ticking. Tic-Tock-Tic-Tock

  • Posted: 25 June 2016

Alarm ClockHey Filmmakers, time is running out. The deadline to submit your short film for the 2016 Shortz! Film Fest is rapidly approaching. You only have until midnight of June 30th. If you want your film in the 2016 Shortz! Film Fest, you had better enter it now.

HOW DO I ENTER? you ask? Well go to the Shortz! Film Fest website, find the Film Freeway link (look on the right side of the screen) and click on it. Follow the instruction there. It is really quite easy.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? It is only $20.00, and that is a really great deal because you get a ticket to the Shortz! Fest just for entering, whether your film is selected or not.

WHAT DO I GET IF MY FILM IS SELECTED? You mean besides all the fame and glory of your film being presented in best little short film festival in the area? You get two tickets to the Shortz! Fest and a ChicoBag swag bag full of cool stuff!! And you get get to come the awesome filmmaker party at Crush, in downtown Chico, where you will meet other awesomely cool filmmakers just like you. And, if you choose, your film will be added to Shortz! Film Fest channel on ROKU. 

So, what are you waiting for??? Get your film in now! Before it's too late!!  DO IT! DO IT! DO IT NOW!

A "Brief" night at Shortz!

  • Posted: 5 June 2016

Shortz_mini_fest_ad_sml_.pngWe're having so much fun getting ready for the 2016 Shortz! Film Festival coming up in September!  It reminds us of all the fantastic films from around the world that have already screened at our previous festivals.  All worth watching over and why don't we!

Join us Saturday, July 2nd, 2016, at the Chico Theater Company for a Shortz! "Mini" Festival. One night only, 120 minutes packed with the "best of fest" films from the 2011-2015 seasons.  And it's a mere $5 at the door.  The Chico Theater Company, a long time Shortz! friend and sponsor, has just installed a new A/C!  So get out of the heat, come to the cool theater, grab some goodies or drinks at concessions or the bar, and sit back for these great short films.  

Bring your friends!




Chico Theater Company
166 Eaton Road
Chico , CA
United States
California US

Time's almost up for 2016 regular submissions!

  • Posted: 26 May 2016

regular submission time is almost up!Filmmakers, with less than one week left in our regular submission period, your time is running up! Get your films submitted for consideration before June 1st at midnight to enter for the low, low price of only 10 bucks! After that, the submission price will jump to $20 until July 1st.

And with a free weekend pass (a $20 value) to the festival just for submitting your film, you simply can't lose! Submit your film today!


Our new website is now LIVE!

  • Posted: 3 May 2016

Our new website is now LIVE! Be sure to check out the new Films section, searchable by season, to see every film we've ever screened at Shortz!. Also, pop over to our Roku channel which now has more of our films than ever before!
As always, THANK YOU for all of your continued support!

New Films Arriving Daily!

  • Posted: 9 February 2016

Shortz! Fest Logo

The Shortz! Film Fest call for entries is in full swing and new films are arriving everyday! We are very excited about the films we have seen so far, but there still room for Your Film. Early entry is only $10.00, and that gets you a ticket to the Shortz! Film Fest in September. You have absolutely nothing to lose! 

How do You submit Your film to the Shortz! Film Festival? I'm glad you asked. You simply visit the Shortz! Film Fest home page. Find and click on the Film Freeway link on the right of the side of the page, and submit your film. It is really that easy. 

Is Your film right for the Shortz! Film Fest? Another great question!!! The Shortz! Fest takes all kinds of short films. Comedies, Dramas, Horror, Animations, Documentaries, you submit it and we'll look at it. So to answer the question, YES!! 

We can't wait to see YOUR film. Show Us Your Shortz!

Shortz! Film Fest Call For Entries Is Now Open!!!

  • Posted: 1 February 2016

Here it is. It's that time of year. The Shortz! Film Festival Call For Entries is now open! YES, we are now accepting your short films for consideration for the 2016 Shortz! Fest. And the films are pouring in! Thank you for those of you who have submitted your films already. If you haven't entered your film yet, now is the best time to act. Go to the Shortz! Film Fest home page, click on the Submit with Film Freeway link, and submit your film. It's just that easy. Early submission is only $10.00, and that gets you a ticket to the Shortz! Film Fest in September. You have absolutely nothing to loose.

We are very excited about this years Film Fest, as always we have some very special surprises in store for those who attend. And we are anxious to see your films. So don't delay, enter your film today!