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


Chuck Patterson Joins Our Sponsors

  • Posted: 12 August 2014

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.

Goodbye Robin Williams

  • Posted: 12 August 2014

All of us here at Shortz are simply stunned at yesterday morning’s news report of the death of Robin Williams. I think a lot of us are still in a state of shock and denial, unwilling to accept that he is really gone. He was such an ingrained presence in the last 30 years of American culture it seems unbelievable that he won’t be with us anymore. His life and work affected so many people, and he nearly singlehandedly created 3 generations of comedians and filmmakers. 

ARobin williams photos one of his characters stated, “Carpe. Hear it? Carpe. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”                                        (John Keating, Dead Poets Society) so he lived.

We are forever in your debt, Mr. Williams, and we already miss you terribly. 

Jungle Software; New Sponsor of the Shortz! Film Festival

  • Posted: 11 August 2014

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!

  • Posted: 4 August 2014

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

  • Posted: 28 July 2014


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.


  • Posted: 24 July 2014

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.

A Busy Month of May!

  • Posted: 9 June 2014

What a busy month of May the Shortz! Film Festival coordinators had!

On May 1st Brent and Renee Boyd traveled to Newport Beach, CA where Renee was invited to do press photography at the Newport Beach Film Festival.  Now in it’s 15th year, this eight-day festival screened over 350 films, in multiple locations. Renee, with Brent assisting, photographed the red carpet event for the movie “Chef” and took photos at final night gala.

They saw several stars, including Jon Favreau, who wrote and directed “Chef,” as well as other talent from the film.  Many know Jon as “Happy” in Iron Man and as the director of “Iron Man 1 & 2”, “Elf”, and “Cowboys and Aliens”.


While there they also met Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, the man whom the 1993 movie "Rudy" was based on.  Seen here with Renee, "Rudy", was a one of the first people to walk the red carpet and was a great guy to talk with during the gala afterwards.

One of the first people they met at the festival was co-founder, Todd Quartararo.   Even though he was busy organizing the evening’s events, he made time to introduce himself and to chat about Chico.  As it turned out Mr. Quartararo has a Chico connection; he was a former roommate of Michael Peck, the instructor who leads Pleasant Valley High School’s House of Blue film production class.  We are pleased, like last year, some of his students will be submitting their films to this year’s student block at the Shortz! Film Festival.


On May 3rd Scott Brown was honored to be a judge at the BSSM Film Festival  in Redding, CA. 

He had an awesome time and saw some great films from the students that attend the school.  The festival was held at the Redding Civic Auditorium and was highly attended.

bssm ticketMatthew & Joy Thayer, of Spiro Productions, and founders of the festival, help teach the students the craft  of filmmaking. 

You may remember a couple of last year’s winners came from Redding filmmakers; 1st Place Judges Choice and Audience Choice Short Film Winner “The Inbetween”, by Rachel Nichols, and 1st Place Brief winner, “Man’s Best Friend”, by Matthew Thayer.


On May 25th Brent, Renee, Scott, writer Janeane Rhoads-Peterson and photographer Art Martinez traveled to the Bay Area to attend HEROFEST in Berkeley, CA.  But before arriving there, they took a detour to St. George Distillery in Alameda, CA. As a “tasty side note”, St. George Distillery was voted best craft distillery in America.  They produce gins, whiskies, brandies, and liqueurs, among other things.  They were the first distillery to legally produce real absinthe in America after the ban was lifted in 2007.  And no, it won’t make you go blind.  ;)


But we digress, back to HEROFEST.  Now in its 8th year, HEROFEST Action Film Festival, which is organized by Disciple of Torrid Productions, was held at Berkeley Community Media Center. It featured independent action short films by several Bay Area filmmakers, some of which have submitted to the Shortz! Film Festival in past years. (2012 Audience Choice 1st Place Brief Winner, “Lady In The Kitchen”, by Bo! Campbell. 2011 Audience Choice 1st Place Short Film Winner, “Buster Jones-The Movie”, by Robert Parham)

We not only saw some great short films, but we also got to see Scott get his butt kicked in a scene from Robert Parham’s upcoming feature film “Bullets, Blades and Blood”.

The festival started with a reception where the public and filmmakers could meet and network.  Then a packed house was treated to action trailers, clips, and shorts, filmmaker Q & A, and raffle prizes.  It was quite a fun trip.



As we enter June our excitement grows each day we get closer to opening night. New and returning sponsors, along with other surprises, promise to make this year’s festival one you will not want to miss!  Put this on your calendar, Shortz! Film Festival, Sept. 12th-14th, 2014 at the El Rey Theater, in Chico, CA. 

Be sure to keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for information on how to get your tickets early!

Welcome to our latest sponsor Zacuto!

  • Posted: 9 May 2014

Welcome Zacuto!

The Shortz Film Festival is proud to announce that Zacuto has joined us as a sponsor. We can't express how excited we are about this new partnership. If you didn’t already know, Zacuto manufactures, sells, and rents high quality, originally designed camera and filmmaking equipment such as view finders, mounting rigs, and other accessories. They pride themselves on innovation. Their unique designs transform your camera into whatever you need it to be for any kind of shooting application. And their DSLR optical view finders set the standard around the world.

Check them out here: