Shorts Not Pants

Announcing 2023 Festival Lineup
Full Programme here

In-Person In-Toronto Carlton Cinema 8
20 Carlton St.
November 17 – 19  

All-Access Pass $35 (until Oct. 31, $50 after)
Single Tickets $15
Passes and Tickets can be bought here



TORONTO, ON – October 24 2023 – Shorts Not Pants Film Festival returns for its 11th year, promising an unforgettable cinematic experience. This year’s festival boasts a carefully curated selection of outstanding short films from 20 countries:  27 Narrative, 21 Animation, and 9 Documentary short films; 20 of those being Canadian.


The festival will take place in Toronto from Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19, 2023, at the Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St., Cinema #8. 


With well over 300 submissions, Shorts Not Pants Film Festival has curated a lineup of 57 films that will surely captivate audiences and showcase the extraordinary talent of filmmakers from around the globe. The festival provides a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to present their work and engage with audiences passionate about the art of storytelling through short films.


In addition to the 3 days of film screenings, and also held at the Carlton Cinema, Shorts Not Pants Film Festival will offer some insightful experiences for attendees. On Saturday, November 18, from 10:30am to 12:00pm, industry veterans will share their insights during an engaging panel discussion, on the subject of making, selling films, getting distributor attention, breaking into the broadcast/streaming arena, and hearing from programmers about the ever changing film festival landscape. Then on Sunday November 19, a dedication to education with a compelling talk on PR and Social Media in the world of film, scheduled from 10:30am to 12:00pm.


And to lead us into our Festival week, on Tuesday November 14, Seed & Spark is back, open to all fans of Shorts Not Pants, with a terrific online workshop:  Crowdfunding To Build Independence, at 7pm. Once registered, you will receive a link the day of the workshop. Oh, and, it’s FREE.


Thrilled also this year to present our esteemed jury members comprised of experts from the film industry. They have been busy watching, and will select the top films in four categories: Narrative, Animation, Documentary, and Canadian Shorts. Which also includes cash prize money for the filmmakers. And of course, like any good festival, we will feature an Audience Choice Award, allowing attendees to vote for their favourite film. 


Shorts Not Pants Film Festival is a celebration of diversity, creativity, and the art of short filmmaking. Film enthusiasts, industry professionals, and cinephiles alike are invited to immerse themselves in the magic of cinema and be part of this exceptional cinematic journey.


Event Details:

Festival Dates: Friday, November 17 – Sunday, November 19, 2023

Location: Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St., Toronto, Canada

Screening Schedule: 57 films from 20 countries

Panel Discussion with Film Veteran Insiders: Saturday, November 18, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Talk on PR and Social Media: Sunday, November 19, 10:30am – 12:00pm

For more information, including ticketing details and the complete festival schedule, please visit the official Shorts Not Pants Film Festival website at


About Shorts Not Pants Film Festival

Shorts Not Pants Film Festival is an annual celebration of short films, showcasing the best works from around the world, including Canada. With a rich history spanning 11 years, the festival is renowned for its curated selection of exceptional short films and engaging events that bring together filmmakers, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts. Shorts Not Pants Film Festival is committed to promoting the art of short filmmaking and providing a platform for filmmakers to connect with their audience. For more information, visit


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