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


BCM invites you!

  • Posted: 11 May 2013

Join the fun for BCM’s First Ever Screening Room Event June 9th 6-8pmBCM

Don’t miss this this opportunity to show your work and hang out with other Indy filmmakers like yourself in a creative and cutting edge community environment

Light refreshments and snacks will be served during the networking event after the screenings. You can mix and mingle with audience, cast, crew and directors…the possibilities are endless…

Submission Guidelines

Final Deadline MAnd the fun doesn't stop there! Be sure to attend the BCM Summer Shorts Movie Jam, July 27-July 28

Berkeley Community Media
2239 MLK Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704



MovieMaker Top 25

  • Posted: 24 April 2013
MM 25 Coolest

Hey Shortz! Film Fest fans, MovieMaker magazine is asking the film community to nominate their favorite film festivals for a chance to be named in their Top 25 coolest film festivals listing.
Now, we know that the Shortz! Film Festival is your absolute favorite fest ever (ok, maybe we are stretching that just a tiny bit), but now it's time for the rest of the world to know just how cool it is and share in our fun.
Click here to quickly pop over to their website and cast your vote for Shortz!
By the way -  You can nominate as many festivals as you want, just not the same festival twice.


The Shortz! Film Fest Team

"TRASHED" at Sierra Nevada Big Room

  • Posted: 18 April 2013

Trashed posterOur friends, and on-going sponsor, ChicoBag is proud to present the North Valley premier of the award-winning documentary


Academy award winning actor Jeremy Irons explores some of the most pressing environmental issues in an eye-opening film.  “We hope the film will demonstrate that by changing the way we live our lives, we can contribute to our own survival and well-being and ultimately that of the planet.” -Jeremy Irons


When:Monday, April 22nd

Where: Sierra Nevada Big Room

Why: To benefit local non-profits and do something nice for the community

Come out for an inspiring night benefiting local nonprofits: Kids and Creeks, Butte Environmental Council and 5Gyres.


Arrive early to talk with representatives from the great organizations involved, see an art installation by 5Gyres and grab a beer before the film!   This will be a waste-free event so bring a reusable pint or get one as a gift for your donation.

A donation of any amount gets you in the door. Special gifts from ChicoBag and Klean Kanteen will be given to those who donate $10 or more.  All donations will go toward education on water conservation and protection, waste reduction and plastic pollution.



Sundial 2013

  • Posted: 10 March 2013

We had a great time at the Sundial Film Fest last night. Congratulations to Mathew Thayer who won the Best One Minute Film for "Mans Best Friend", and the Best of Festival with "Lemonade!" Way to go Matt! Hope to see you at the Shortz!


Call For Entires!

  • Posted: 3 March 2013

And the fun begins!  Films are arriving, event details are being worked out, and the popcorn is ready to be popped!


from here to timbucktoo! 


Show us those great little films you've worked so hard on. 

Let us show them to the whole community on Aug.10th & 11th at the El Rey Theater.

Just go to the "Submit Your Shorts" tab on the Shortz! Film Fest website.

Submit now 


The Hebrew Hammer vs. Hitler

  • Posted: 1 January 2013

Hebrew Hammer vs Hitler

Megan Peterson, Co-Director of Heathens and Thieves, is helping long time friend, Jonathan Kesselman, and many fans, to make the sequel to the Jewxploitation Cult Classic ‘The Hebrew Hammer’ a reality.

The Hebrew Hammer vs. Hitler

     "is a smart yet silly satire that is an equal opportunity offender. Imagine 'History Of The World Part 1' crossed with 'Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,'" as written by Jonathan Kesselman.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the synagogue ...

When Hitler gets his hand on Time Sukkah technology™ and begins rewriting Jewish History, Mordechai Jefferson Carver (The Hebrew Hammer) and Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahim set out through time to stop him. Can the Hammer and Mo prevent Hitler from un-inscribing the Jewish people from the book of life?

A funding campaign for The Hebrew Hammer VS Hitler is currently underway at

The original film, The Hebrew Hammer, which launched at Sundance and had a limited theatrical release before being picked up by Comedy Central in a five-year deal, was voted one of the top all-time holiday movies by both Vanity Fair and the Boston Globe.


To learn more or to help out, visit

The Hebrew Hammer vs. Hitler

 Facebook-The Hebrew Hammer II

and Twitter-HammervsHitler

Heathens and Thieves

  • Posted: 25 November 2012

We went to the El Rey theater to tonight to see the terrific western Heathens & Thieves. Brought to us by Chico native Megan Peterson who co-directed the multi award-winning feature film. Shot in northern California, HEATHENS AND THIEVES is a western noir drama starring Don Swayze and Gwendoline Yeo, who was also at the screening, along with many family and friends.


Check out the trailer and find them on Facebook for more information on how you can see the film.

Thank you Megan and all the cast and crew for such a great film!

The Post Fest Blues

  • Posted: 31 August 2012

Well here we are, the Shortz! Film Fest is over and we all have that post-fest depression. Don't get me wrong, the fest was a HUGE SUCCESS. We nearly doubled the number of people attending over last year, and we had twice the number of film submissions. If we keep growing like this the Shortz! Film Fest is going to be huge very soon. The bummer is that we have to wait a whole year before we get to do it again. But don't let that get you down, because we ARE going to do it again next year.  Now is the time to get excited about your next film projects, get them shot and edited, and enter them in the fest.  We will begin taking film submissions in March, 2013.
Because next years fest is going to be bigger and better than ever. What can you do right now to get ready for the 2013 Shortz! Film Fest?  Well you can head on over to the OPEN FILMMAKER ALLIANCE at and get yourself signed up.  There you can create a filmmakers profile for yourself to let others know what your interests are, and post your film projects and ideas.  You can also view other peoples projects and information, and sign on to film projects that interest you. The important thing is that you get evolved in filmmaking! 
We hope to see you in your SHORTZ!

And the winner is.......

  • Posted: 26 August 2012

With another hugely successful festival behind us we wanted to again thank our Filmmakers, Sponsors, Judges, Audience members and The El Rey theater. We had such a great time and were so honored as coordinators to bring this festival from concept to life, and it makes us proud to announce the following contest winners.

Audience Choice (chosen by ballot during Satudays program)
Briefs (2 minutes or less)
3rd Place - Watershed
2nd Place - Wurms
1st Place - Lady In The Kitchen
Shorts (more than 2 minutes, less than 40)
3rd Place - Submit
2nd Place - GruSum
1st Place - A Midsummer Nightmare - The Betrayal

Judges Choice ( chosen by our judging panel)
3rd Place - Lady In The Kitchen
2nd Place - Remorse
1st Place - Wurms
3rd Place - Azadi Freedom
2nd Place - The Quickie
1st Place - A Midsummer Nightmare - The Betrayal

Thanks again to all of you for making this festival our best yet.