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


Roku Updates

  • Posted: 23 November 2014

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....

  • Posted: 15 September 2014

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!

  • Posted: 11 September 2014

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

  • Posted: 8 September 2014

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?

  • Posted: 6 September 2014

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!


KKXX95.7 The Wolf96.7 Classic Hits

Sponsors Galore!

  • Posted: 27 August 2014

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!

  • Posted: 16 August 2014

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

  • Posted: 13 August 2014

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.