Shorts That Are Not Pants Film Festival

Shorts That Are Not Pants Film Festival

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
18/11/2023 - 27/11/2023
Toronto, Ontario
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Festival Description:

(Festival Statement): The festival has screened more than 500 films from more than 40 countries so far, and it is looking for more undiscovered gems to show its shorts-savvy Toronto audiences. Members of its 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 the festival's team and if chosen, will screen at their festival in November 2022. They have more than a decade of great programming experience behind us, with lots of audience momentum.

(Archive) 2022 Call for Entries

The 11th edition of Shorts That Are Not Pants will take place from 18 to 27 November 2022.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Currently accepting submissions of short films up to 20 minutes in length.
  • All genres are welcome, and the festival doesn't disqualify films that are already available online, though it does look favourably on films that want to premiere with it.


  • Awards for Best Narrative Short
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Animated Short
  • Best Canadian Short
  • Audience Award

Each award comes with a cash prize of US$250. 

  • Festival regulations and entry via FilmFreeway
  • Deadline: 31 May (early-bird), 31 July (regular), 31 August (late), 1 October (extended) 2022
  • Fees: depending on the categorie and submission deadline the following fees apply:
    For Short Film - Narrative and Short Film - Documentary: $30 (early-bird/standard), $35 (regular, and $30 for students), $50 (late, and $40 for students), $60 (extended, and $50 for students)
    For Short Film - Animated: $25 (early-bird/standard), $30 (regular, and $25 for students), $50 (late, and $40 for students), $60 (extended, and $50 for students)

NB: 2023 Festival Dates are tentative



Event Dates

  • From 18/11/2023 to 27/11/2023



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