Established in 2012 as a quarterly screening series in Toronto, Canada, Shorts That Are Not Pants is now a series of quarterly curated events culminating in a festival weekend to be held November 2019.

We've screened more than 250 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 2019. We have seven 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 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
  • Roman Gubin

    The festival was very well organized and had a fantastic programme!
    Many thanks to James for all the hard work. Will definitely be submitting my future projects to Shorts That Are Not Pants!

    August 2018
  • As a company Festival Formula has always considered Shorts That Are Not Pants as imperative as other short film festivals - they know their audience and they choose a fantastic programme. With James at the helm and as someone who also travels to other festivals avidly, you know they go the extra mile. I just wish we were closer to attend ourselves!

    April 2018
  • Pierre Brouillette-Hamelin

    A lot of heart is poured into this screening event so the best short films around are showed in Toronto! Props to James and the whole team of Shorts That Are Not Pants!

    January 2018