*** It is with a heavy heart and much deliberation that we have decided to cancel our 2020 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 ***

The Shortz! Film Festival is an annual international short film festival in Chico, California which showcases the best and brightest short films from around the globe. The festival accepts and screens short films with running times of 30 minutes or less in any genre.
Created by local filmmakers from Chico, California, Shortz! was started with the desire to bring film makers together in a fun and funky environment, to meet and network with the ultimate goal of producing more films.

Awards are presented to the top films in chosen categories as well as to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Audience favorites and Judges choice.

The top 3 Short Film winners in our Best Of Show category will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more.

All screening films are automatically eligible for placement on our world famous Roku channel. With over 50,000 subscribers, your film can screen to a worldwide audience year round!

All entries receive one ticket to the two-day festival regardless if the film screens or not.

This is a short film festival only, all submissions must be 30 minutes or less in length.

Films accepted for exhibition may be screened more than once.

All film makers must have exclusive rights to their films as well as any pertinent releases including but not limited to actors image, location image, trademarked or copywritten image and music. The Shortz! Film Festival Directors reserve the right to request proof of such releases at anytime before films are screened.

Films considered pornographic by our screening committee will not be screened. Films with adult content e.g. nudity, excessive violence or profanity may be, at our screening committee's discretion, moved to late night, adults only block.

I. The festival is not responsible for materials lost or damaged in transit.

II. Films may be screened more than once during the festival.

III. Shortz! Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize and excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the film festival for promotional purposes.

IV. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

V. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Shortz! Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses including but not limited to, attorney's fees and costs of the court which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • I had really awesome experience at Shortz! Film Festival! All staffs are so friendly and kind. I'm really glad that I met many awesome people at the festival!

    October 2019
  • Russell Emanuel

    A wonderful festival that has treated me very well over the years! Thank you so much!

    September 2019
  • Anna Goranova

    It was an honor being selected to the festival. The organizers were great at communication.

    September 2019
  • geng wei

    This is a very good film festival, very professional, very cordial, I hope this film festival will be better and better!

    September 2019
  • Jenna Rice

    The programmers, staff and volunteers were extremely friendly and helpful with everything. Had a great turnout at the screenings and quality programing!

    September 2018