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


Only A Few Hours Left....

  • Posted: 7 July 2015

The final dead line to enter your short film into the 2015 Shortz! Film Fest is July 8th at 11:59 pm. You only have a few hours left to get your film in. Act now, there will not be another extension. If you want to your film to be part of this years festival you need to enter it now! It is so easy to enter, visit the Shortz! Film Fest website, click on the Submit with Film Freeway button on the right side of the screen and enter your film. Otherwise your film will have to wait until next year. Don't be left out, submit your film now. 

This is the Shortz! Film Festivals fifth year and we have a lot of exciting plans in store. Every year the ShortZ Fest has gotten better and better, this year is no exception. We have already begun screening this years entries, and this years crop has some of the best short films we have ever seen. We have some new sponsors and some fabulous giveaways for attending audience members. Make plans now to join us at the Shortz! Film Fest at the historic El Rey Theater in Downtown Chico CA, September 18th through the 20th. 

Almost The End!!

  • Posted: 22 June 2015

The End ALMOSTHello Shortz! Fans and Filmmakers! It’s almost that time. The End is near. The Shortz! Film Festival Call for Entries is coming to an end. But don’t cry yet! There is still time to get your film in, or your friends to get their films in. The call for entries officially ends at midnight June 30th. You need to act NOW!  All you have to do it go the Shortz! Film Fest home page, and click on the “Submit with FilmFreeway” link. A couple of clicks later your film will be on it’s way to history at the Fifth Annual Shortz! Film Festival. As the Smash Mouth song goes “Don’t delay. Act now!” Time is running out! You don’t want to be on the outside looking, you want to be part of the action. Get your film to us now! Don’t have a film but know someone who does? Tell them to enter it in the festival. Then make your plans to join us on September 18th, 19th and 20th and watch your film on the big screen at the historic El Rey Theater in beautiful downtown Chico CA.

The Shortz! Film Fest is an international film fest showcasing independent short films from the Chico area, Northern California, across the United States, and the World. We have everything from Comedy to Drama, Horror, to Musicals, Documentaries and Animations and nothing over 40 minutes long. Last year (in 2014) the Shortz! Film Fest showed 54 films in all categories and 22 filmmakers from all over the country and around the world came to attend. Don't miss out. 

Time is Running Out!

  • Posted: 7 June 2015

HURRY! Time is Running Out!

Hey Filmmakers, time is running out. In order to get your film into the 2015 Shortz! Film Fest at the regular submission price of $10.00, you need to submit it before midnight June, 8th. After that, the price increases to $20.00. So act now and save ten bucks! What are you waiting for? You know you want to submit your film. Do it now. Click the film freeway link below and submit your film. 

Use the Promo Code crazy2015 & submit your film here: Film Freeway

Or wait and pay the twenty, we will gladly take the money. But be sure to get your film in because submissions end July 1st

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Don't have a film but want to come see the Festival? Tickets go on sale on July 1st at

Regular submission deadline extended!

  • Posted: 1 June 2015

The early summer heat is driving us crazy and you get to benefit from our insanity!

If you missed the Shortz! Film Festival regular submission deadline, just use promo code crazy2015 through June 8th, and you can submit your film at the regular submission price! Our insanity will end when the ice packs kick in on June 8th, so don't delay. Pop over to Filmfreeway and submit your films today.



Only 6 Days Left For Regular Submission!

  • Posted: 26 May 2015

Hey filmmakers there are only 6 days left for regular submission to the Shortz! Film Festival! Get to Film Freeway now and get your film in for only $10.  June 1st begins the late entry fee of just $20.  But why pay double!  Submit now!

Be sure to check out our Awards page.  Awards, like trophies, cold hard cash, and other great items, are presented to the top films in chosen categories as well as to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Audience favorites AND Judges choice. Plus the top 3 Short Film winners in our Best Of Show category will receive an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.

But it doesn't stop there! All screening films are eligible for year round screening on our world famous Shortz! Roku channel where there are currently 23,000 subscribers of short film fans.

What are you waiting for?  Submit now at Film Freeway!

And the Tin Cannes Award goes to..

  • Posted: 22 May 2015


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!

  • Posted: 10 May 2015

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!

  • Posted: 2 April 2015

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


Call for Entries is Now OPEN!

  • Posted: 1 March 2015

The 2015 Shortz! Film Festival Call for Entries is now OPEN! Have you heard of us? Are you on the fence about submitting your film to us? Want to know what other filmmakers think? Well check out this short video created Wendy Keeling (Self Offense & Bounty Momma Show) after the 2014 Shortz! Film Fest Wrap-Up Party. Then submit your film on our home page, by clicking on the Film Freeway link. And we look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Shortz! Film Fest, September 18th 19thand 20that the beautiful El Rey Theater in Chico California.

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  • Posted: 12 February 2015

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.

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