UPDATE (July 29, 2020): Our festival is going VIRTUAL for 2020, and will take place from November 13-22. Films will be available across Canada!

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

We've screened more than 350 films from 41 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 2020. We have eight years of great programming experience behind us, with lots of audience momentum.

See some of the nice things filmmakers have said about us here: http://www.shortsnotpants.com/testimonials/

Awards for Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best Animated Short, as well an Audience Award. Each award comes with a cash prize of $250 as well as a selection of fee waivers to other festivals, so you can continue your film's festival journey.

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
  • Alyssa Asaro

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

    January 2020
  • Mike Mildon

    Great festival, great filmmakers! Loved it

    November 2019
  • Kara Blake

    Good festival run by good people!

    November 2019
  • The festival was incredibly supportive and had a great night of other quality short films. We were really happy to be apart of it as local filmmakers from Toronto!

    November 2019
  • Richard Raymond

    Have been honored to share my work at STANP for two years in a row and would do it again and again. The festival is a great achievement and the festival director, James is such a dedicated and passionate champion of indie film. Proud to be a part of it.

    November 2019