Established in 2012 as a quarterly screening series in Toronto, Canada, Shorts Not Pants is now a festival weekend held each November.

We've screened more than 500 films from more than 40 countries so far, and we're looking for more undiscovered gems to show our shorts-savvy Toronto audiences. Members of our programming team have experience working for some of the biggest and best festivals in the world (TIFF, Sundance, Hot Docs, Cannes) and travel to festivals around the world seeking out the best films and the brightest filmmakers to support.

Your submission will be evaluated by our team and if chosen, will screen at our festival in November 2022. We have more than a decade of great programming experience behind us, with lots of audience momentum.

See some of the nice things filmmakers have said about us here:

Awards for Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animated Short, Best Canadian Short as well an Audience Award. Each award comes with a cash prize of US$250.

We are currently accepting submissions of short films up to 20 minutes in length. All genres are welcome, and we don't disqualify films that are already available online, though we do look favourably on films that want to premiere with us.

We screen from digital files ONLY. Films not in English must contain English subtitles.

Overall Rating
  • Nina Ross

    Really great festival, with a lovely collection of films. Would definitely enter again!

    December 2021
  • Great festival! we were honoured to have our film selected to Shorts That Are Not Pants!

    December 2021
  • Filmes do Gajo

    It made us very happy to have our Canadian premiere at your festival. Our film Circus Movements most certainly isn't a pant, but a movie that combines fascinating circus acts with emphatic music from Africa and around the world. Thanks for giving us the possibility to share it with your great audience! Chapeau!

    February 2021
  • Chris Filippone

    We were honored to receive Best Doc Short this year and were excited to screen alongside such a great lineup. Great programmers, great juries assembled!

    November 2020
  • Alyssa Asaro

    Great team of people running this festival. Was a pleasure to attend and be a part of!

    January 2020