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 one more day!

  • Posted: 8 August 2013

Only one more day until the fun starts, so we thought we'd send one last reminder to everyone.

Here it is!

  • THIS WEEKEND - August 10th and 11th - El Rey Theater 
  • 28 international, regional and local  independent short films.
  • Filmmakers attending from around the country will be in attendance for Q&A.
  • Free popcorn in one of California's oldest cinema theaters.
  • Nightly after parties at Grana
  • Filmmaker Dinner at Grana on Saturday night. (limited ticket availability)
  • Film Awards, prizes and giveaways.

Tickets can be purchased at, Downtown at the Upgraded Living offices at 334 Broadway, or at the door and are only $10 per day. Yes...that's right PER DAY. Come be a part of all the daily festivities for one low daily price.

Doors open at 12:30 on Saturday and 2:00 on Sunday. Click here for a full listing of the films and screening blocks.

We can't wait to see you all here!


Shortz! on TV

  • Posted: 4 August 2013
That Jack
Shortz! coordinators Scott Brown and Renee Boyd sit down with entertainment talk show host Jack Stockton of That Jack Show.  Find out more about the Shortz! Film Festival, catch a few sneak peaks, and then join us at the festival next weekend Aug 10th and Aug 11th at the El Rey theater in downtown Chico, CA.  Go to the website to see the 2013 films and their times.
The program airs today, Sunday, Aug., 4th at 10:30am.
Here is a list of the providers and their station:
  • Comcast Cable KHSL-DT Channel 10 & 90  Chico-Redding
  • Dish Network KHSL-DT Channel 9084 Chico-Redding
  • Dishnetwork local Chico-Redding KHSL-DT Channel 10
Over The Air Waves
  • KHSL-DT Channel 12.2 Chico-Redding

See you all at the Shortz! Film Festival!


Shortz! Film Fest at the Thursday Night Farmer's Market!

  • Posted: 25 July 2013

Thursday Night Farmers MarketWant to earn a free ticket to the film fest? We need volunteers to help set up and pass out fliers for our Thursday night market booth! If you're interested, please email us at

Can't volunteer, but want to come by and say hello? Stop by our booth and give us a shout out on camera! A few lucky shout outs will be shown on the big screen at the El Rey Theatre during the film fest!

CyberLink Joins the Shortz! Sponsor family!

  • Posted: 23 July 2013

CyberlinkCyberLink, the creators of PowerDirector, are now a Shortz! Film Fest sponsor!

They have graciously provided five full copies of their video editing software PowerDirector Ultra that we will be giving away to budding filmmakers at the festival.

Yes, you heard right, FIVE fully loaded copies of PowerDirector Ultra! Thanks Cyberlink!

If you cant wait until the fest, check out their free trial and online tutorials today!


Chico Theater Company Sponsors Shortz! Film Fest

  • Posted: 7 July 2013

Chico Theater CompanyChico Theater Company is a regionally and nationally recognized theater company of the highest artistic merit committed to programs that enrich people's lives and perform a service to the Northern California area.  CTC uses the performing arts to inspire, educate and entertain audiences of all ages and to forge relationships with educational institutions.

In addition to providing the community with theater that enriches lives, CTC researches, develops and fosters new performing art works that celebrate the human experience and help the community recognize its commonalities.

Marc Edson, owner of the Chico Theater Company, has been a good friend to the Shortz! Film Festival and is very supportive of the film community.  Through his ticketing venue,, you can purchase tickets to the Shortz! Film Fest.  Visit, find and click on the Shortz! Film Fest banner to purchase your ticket now.


Matador Motel Offers Great Deal to Fest Attendees

  • Posted: 7 July 2013

Matador LogoDo you want to go the Shortz Film Festival but don’t have a place to stay? Are you a filmmaker from out of the Chico area and are looking for a comfy bed to crash in while attending the Shortz Film Fest? Or do you live in or near Chico, but want a room in town where you will be close to the festival and the filmmakers. Well your search is over! The Matador Hotel on the Esplanade in Chico is the newest sponsor to the Shortz Film Fest. The Matador is centrally located, just about a mile from the El Rey Theater where the Shortz Film Fest is being held, and is within walking distance to several restaurants and accommodations. You will enjoy its classic “Mission” architectural style, large pool, and friendly atmosphere. And if you mention the Shortz Film Fest when booking your room, you will receive a special discounted rate. If you are interested in staying at the Matador, reserve your room now by calling (530) 342-7543.


The Matador Motel
1934 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926
Off 8th Street & Esplanade

Grana...join us there!

  • Posted: 6 July 2013


   Shortz! Film Festival is proud to announce it’s newest sponsor, Grana!  


This superb restaurant is the festival’s official hotspot for the Filmmaker Meet & Greet Dinner and both after parties on Saturday & Sunday.  Watch for more details as we near the festival and be sure to join us for all three!  But don’t wait. Visit Grana, Chico's only farm to table osteria now, and see why they continue to get rave reviews. Grana is located at 198 E. 2nd St  Chico, CA.

A little more about Grana

As a locally owned and operated restaurant, Grana not only recognizes the responsibility they have towards the sustainability of our community, but is also enlivened by the tremendous opportunity to bring to town such a unique dining experience. Downtown Chico’s first wood fired oven is showcased in a beautifully repurposed space on the corner of East 2nd and Wall St. and features a sophisticated and contemporary design that, while completely remodeled, still pays homage to the building’s previous tenant, whose logo and red stripe are featured prominently upon the back wall.

Grana specializes in traditional wood fired neapolitan pizzas complemented by a variety of fresh seasonal food, boutique wines, and craft beers.


Say hello to UpGraded Living Magazine

  • Posted: 1 July 2013

Upgraded Living

Shortz! Film Festival is proud to announce that Upgraded Living Magazine has joined us this year as a sponsor. 
Go to the nearest place that has their July issue and check out page 22!  We are so excited to be a part of such a high quality local magazine.  A magazine with a brighter view of your community. This is also a good time to visit their office, 334 Broadway, Chico CA and pickup your ticket to the Shortz! Film Festival. 

Announcing the Shortz! Roku channel !

  • Posted: 23 May 2013

In our continuing effort to introduce our remarkable filmmakers to new and diverse audiences, we proudly and loudly announce the
Shortz! Film Fest Roku channel!

Now if your film screens at our festival, you'll have the option to present it to a wider digital audience.

You may be asking yourself, that's great but what will this amazing new distribution channel going to cost me. Well, it's free. Tha's, zilch,zero. It's our way of saying we think your films are GREAT and deserve a larger audience.

If you are a past screening filmmaker and want to have your film included, you will soon be receiving an email from us requesting some additional Roku specific information. If you haven't screened at our festival, head over to and get you films submitted for this year's fest. But, do it quick, regular submission ends next Friday night, then the submission price will double.

The channel will be available in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for it in the channel store.

The Shortz! Film Festival Crew