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 54,000 subscribers, your film can screen to a worldwide audience year round!

All entries receive one ticket to the three 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
  • James McDougall

    Shortz! Film Festival was awesome to be apart of. Staff had great communication, were friendly, and they seem to really care about the films and filmmakers involved. Thanks for screening 'Walking Supply'! I would totally submit to this festival again and again.

    September 2017
  • This is a great festival! The communication was fantastic, emails were answered very quickly, and you can tell that the programmers really care about the film makers. Every selected film gets a page on the festivals website where the poster, description, and cast/crew is listed, it's a great way for people to get a feel for your film, opposed to just a general listing. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend the festival, but a friend did, and he said it was very professional, the projection/sound was great, and that the blocks he saw all had great films in them. I highly recommend submitting to this festival, I plan on submitting all of my future projects to them.

    July 2017
  • Steven Zlotowski

    Shortz! was like discovering new family. In advance of the festival, I couldn't believe the rapid response to a couple of my email queries. Really a personal touch. All the attending filmmakers were interviewed and had the opportunity for Q&A at the end of their screening block. It's hosted by a passionate staff who do it all for the love of film.

    July 2017
  • Ilia Antonenko

    Good communication, well information, ok.

    July 2017

    Nice local festival in a great little city!

    The passion for the festival is obvious by talking to the folks who run it. Q&A at the end which is nice when there are one or two filmmakers present per block. T-shirts and a swag bag was a welcome treat I have rarely seen at a festival. and free popcorn!

    The projection was good quality. I wish it was in the El Rey (it has been in years past) because I love old theaters, but the venue worked and was plenty big enough.

    Didn't notice posters/advertising about town. Might be a good idea to spread the word to the townsfolk. Attendance wasn't bad, but one of the filmmakers from Redding accounted for a lot of the audience.

    Overall was a very pleasant weekend (it was also a great kickoff to my summer vacation). I would definitely enter again.

    July 2017