UPDATE (Jan 1, 2021): Our fervent hope is that we will be able to hold a physical festival in November 2021, but we are also planning to make some or all of our lineup available online again this year. More news as we have it.

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 400 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 2021. We have nearly 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: 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.

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
  • 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
  • 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