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 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
  • 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
  • Logan Wagner

    This festival was wonderful! We had a great time seeing some local and international films, both live-action and animated. Our team was also given a chance to take part in a Q&A, which was an excellent experience.

    December 2018
  • David O'Reilly

    It was fantastic to be part of the inaugural Shorts That Are Not Pants festival. Whilst I couldn't make it to Toronto the communication from James and the social media made me feel really part of the show.

    December 2018
  • rishi chandna

    I couldn't make it to the festival, but going by my communication with the festival director, James McNally, and by the programme I saw online, I think this is a top notch shorts film festival that carefully handpicks their selection. I would definitely want to submit my next film here and also try and attend if i can!

    December 2018