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
  • 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
  • What a great festival. The organizers were very thorough and the communication was great. Our film was represented by one of our lead actors and the festival was so welcoming and hospitable toward him. Thank you Renee, Scott, and your entire staff!

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Pat! You were missed, but you couldn't have found a better ambassador for the film. Kevin was awesome! We hope we get a chance to meet you soon as well. All the best to you and you entire crew!

  • John Charter

    Thank you Shortz! for a wonderful experience screening "Barbara" and for the best documentary award. I love the fun yellow shorts with red polka dots worn by the staff. Just seeing these outfits when I first walked in set the tone for for an especially warm and inviting atmosphere. The staff is lovely and I enjoyed meeting the other filmmakers.

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    It was such an honor to screen your film with your grandmother in the audience. Thanks again for making the trek up to Chico and for helping to make this one of our best seasons ever!

  • Had a great time traveling to this festival. Chico is a great little town and the festival organizers are really lovely and friendly people. A great schedule of films and chats with the filmmakers.

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks again for coming down to hang with us Derek! It was great to meet you and learn more about the Portland film scene. Don't be surprised if you find us camped on your doorstep soon. :)

  • I always have a great time at Shortz! The festival directors and organizers are passionate about film and put on a fun festival with excellent films.

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    You are why we do what we do, Josh. Seeing your films continually breaking new ground and growing more mature with each new one, make us want to see more. Thanks for keeping us amazed. :)