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 300 films from 32 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:

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 also proud to partner with InkTip.

InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers.

Winners of the Best Narrative Film, Best Documentary Film, and Best Animated Film 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.

Producers have made more than 375 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

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
  • 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
  • Kara Blake

    Good festival run by good people!

    November 2019
  • Emily Bayrock

    Shorts not pants was incredibly supportive and helpful throughout the entire submissions process! Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the festival, but I'm so thankful that my film Letters to My Ex-Lover screened and I can't wait for next season!

    May 2019
  • We were very pleased to be involved, and of course thankful to be chosen.

    February 2019