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Festival Awards 2018

Our very first festival was a huge success this past weekend, wildly exceeding my modest expectations. I’m grateful to everyone who shared, posted, tweeted, and especially those who attended our celebration of short film, and I can’t wait to start working on plans for 2019. But first, I want to recognize our award winners. Thank you to all our jury members for their hard work and for lending us their expertise. Congratulations to these filmmakers but also to all the rest of the filmmakers who allowed us to share their work during the festival. Toronto enjoyed watching your films and we can’t wait to see what you’re working on next!

Award Winners 2018

  • Best Narrative Film: Bitchboy (Dir: Måns Berthas)
  • Best Documentary Film: Tungrus (Dir: Rishi Chandna)
  • Best Animated Film: This Magnificent Cake! (Dirs: Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels)
  • Audience Award: Flight (Dir: Lianne Graham)

BitchboyTungrusThis Magnificent Cake!

2018 Festival Juries

With the festival kicking off in just two days, I’d like to introduce the good people who are helping us determine our three juried award winners. We’ll be giving away a total of $1,000 in prize money with the help of our audiences, as well as these fine industry leaders.

Narrative Jury

Laurence BoyceGina Dellabarcadonna g

Laurence Boyce

Laurence Boyce started out at the Leeds International Film Festival in the UK and went on to become an award-winning critic for various outlets, including Sight and Sound and Screen International. He currently resides in Tallinn, Estonia, where is the head of programme for the live action section of PÖFF Shorts, a part of the A-List festival Black Nights. He is a member of BAFTA, FIPRESCI, the European Film Academy, London Critics’ Circle and is on the board of the Short Film Conference.

Gina Dellabarca

Gina Dellabarca is the Festival Director for Show Me Shorts Film Festival, New Zealand’s leading international short film festival. She co-founded this festival in 2006, and under her guidance it has grown into a highly respected Oscar-qualifying event.

Ms Dellabarca’s background is in marketing and publicity for films. She also co-owned and managed an important art-house cinema in Auckland.

She is a Board member for the world-wide Short Film Conference organization, working to promote the status of the short film and unite the global short film community.

donna g

donna g is a film lover and radio host/producer at CIUT 89.5 FM in Toronto. She has been covering films and film festivals for almost two decades, and is especially passionate about supporting new and emerging filmmakers. Currently the host of “The More the Merrier with donna g”, she is a fan of both large and small festivals, having recently wrapped coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and fulfilled a role as a jury member (Short Film) for the Durham Regional International Film Festival (DRIFF). From “Fubar” to Béla Tarr, donna g believes strongly that there is a film out there for everyone.

Animation Jury

Kieran ArgoPenelope BartlettHector Herrera

Kieran Argo

Kieran has been working in animation for more than 25 years. He worked at Aardman for fifteen years where he promoted a number of favourites including Wallace & Gromit and managed their international Events and Exhibitions Department. A career highlight was working with Studio Ghibli in Japan on a year-long special exhibition at the famous Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. He also served on many international film festivaljuries including BAFTA.

He helped establish the Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol and served as a Board Director for twelve years. He has been the Animation Programmer since 2010. In recent years Kieran has been responsible for delivering a number of professional development events including the Encounters Producers Courses and a number of training events for the Random Acts (Channel Four/Arts Council England) filmmakers in the South West of England.

Penelope Bartlett

Penelope Bartlett was most recently the programmer for the streaming service The Criterion Channel on FilmStruck. She served as Director of Programming for the 2016 Palm Springs Shortfest, has curated for the website, and held positions at the Chicago International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and the Glasgow Short Film Festival.

Hector Herrera

Hector Herrera is a creative director and animator living and working in Toronto. Having headed the design teams of several award winning studios (Cuppa Coffee Animation, The Studio Upstairs and Trace Pictures) he now freelances as a creative director designer and animator. He’s a founding partner of the animated content production studio Together: Words+Pictures for Art & Culture where he has designed and directed several animated music videos and short films. His short film The Ballad Of Immortal Joe won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Animated short in 2016.

Documentary Jury

Myrocia WatamaniukSébastien Simon

Myrocia Watamaniuk

Myrocia Watamaniuk is a Senior International Programmer at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. She has programmed fiction and non-fiction features and shorts for more than 20 years, holding programming positions at Toronto International Film Festival, Aspen ShortsFest, and the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival. As a broadcaster and television producer, she has hosted programs and appeared on CBC News, CBC Toronto and Rogers TV.

Sébastien Simon

Sébastien Simon is a filmmaker and a programmer/organizer for Busan International Short Film Festival, Jeju French Film Festival (Korea) and Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cavaillon (France), as well as a preselection juror for Slamdance Film Festival (USA) and Seoul International Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival (Korea). He graduated from the E.S.E.C film school and from Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. His recent short films as director or co-director include One-minded (2014), The Urban Suite (2014), Tetsu Kono’s crazy routine (2016) and The Troubled Troubadour (2016).

Shorts That Are Not Pants Festival 2018

SNP Festival 2018 (November 23-24)

UPDATE: The full programme and schedule is now available! You can also now buy tickets to individual screenings (though we hope you’ll take advantage of our money-saving passes!)

We’re excited to announce our very first festival weekend! It will take place November 23-24 at Cinecycle (behind 129 Spadina, just south of Richmond and a little bit down an alley). Passes are on sale NOW and will save you money. For our out-of-town fans, we’ve created a special pass that will allow you to support our festival while receiving a t-shirt and tote bag (and access to some of our previously screened short films!).

View ShortsNotPants2018 pass sales.

We’ll be announcing our full lineup later in October and we’ve created a full festival mini-site with our friends Eventive. You can access it by clicking here or through the top menu. We’ll be adding our schedule and film guide over the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled. We’ll also be quite active on Facebook so make sure you’re following us there, too.

FREE Screening on January 11, 2018

2018 will launch our SEVENTH season, and we’ve got big news. Our January screening will be FREE and a collection of greatest hits from the past six seasons. We’ve got lots of other news to share with you soon, but don’t miss out on a chance to catch up on films you missed, enjoy some favourites again, or best of all, introduce a friend to the magic of short film. These tickets will go fast so please RSVP right away! There’s a strong possibility that there will be no door tickets at all available for this screening, and you really don’t want to miss out.

Thursday January 11th at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)

Still from The Cub


Dir: Riley Stearns
USA – 2012

Everyone knows that wolves make the best parents. Right?

Since we premiered The Cub in 2012, the film went on to play at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Riley wrote and directed his feature debut, Faults, in 2014. His next feature, The Art of Self-Defense, will be released in 2018.

Duration: 5:00

Still from Interesting Ball


Dirs: Daniel Kwon and Daniel Scheinert (DANIELS)
USA – 2014

A red ball bounces past a café and a couple of folks’ houses and then goes to the beach.

Since we screened Interesting Ball in 2015, the Daniels have written and directed their feature debut Swiss Army Man, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Duration: 13:00

Still from Belly


Dir: Julia Pott
UK – 2011

I can feel you in my belly.

Since we screened Belly in 2013, Julia directed the short film Summer Camp Island (2016), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She is currently developing it into a series for The Cartoon Network.

Duration: 8:00

Still from O Negative


Dir: Steven McCarthy
Canada – 2015

A young woman and the man who cares for her race to find shelter in a roadside motel so they can feed her addiction, in this intriguing, wordless story about desire and dependency.

After screening with us in October 2015, O Negative was named to Canada’s Top Ten. Writer/director/actor Steven McCarthy has gone on to co-write and act in TIFF 2017 short film selection We Forgot to Break Up. Actor Alyx Melone just completed her first film as director/writer/actor, Talking Heads, which was produced by McCarthy.

Duration: 14:00

Still from Day 40

DAY 40

Dir: Sol Friedman
Canada – 2014

“The story of Noah’s Ark has rarely been told from the animals’ perspective. In this darkly comic, animated account, the assorted fauna reveal their decidedly unholy natures as the water rises.” – Alex Rogalski, TIFF

After Day 40, Sol Friedman released the short films Bacon and God’s Wrath in 2015, and Stephen Hawking Knows the Future in 2017.

Duration: 6:00

Still from Premiere Automne


Dirs: Aude Danset and Carlos Carvalho
France – 2013

Abel lives in the winter and Apolline lives in the summer. Isolated in their “natures,” they have never met. They are not even supposed to meet. So when Abel crosses the border and discovers Apolline, his curiosity is overwhelming. Their encounter soon becomes more complicated than they could imagine. Both of them will have to learn compromise to protect the other.

Since we screened Premier Automne in July 2013, Aude Danset has made another short film in a similar style, called Mishimasaiko (2016). Carlos de Carvalho directed and wrote the short film Nothing Else But Water (2014) and is the art director for upcoming animated feature Pachamama, to be released in 2018.

Duration: 10:30

Still from Mixtape


Dir: Luke Snellin
UK – 2012

Mixtape is a short short about making a mixtape for that special someone.

In addition to Mixtape, we also showed Luke’s short Disco in January 2013. Since then, he’s been busy, working on a feature called The Wanderers and one based on John Green’s novel Let It Snow. He’s also directing a Netflix/BBC series called Wanderlust, starring Toni Collette.

Duration: 2:00

Still from Long Branch


Dirs: Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart
Canada – 2012

On a cold winter’s night, a woman’s quest for a one-night stand is complicated when the guy she goes home with lives two hours away by public transit.

Since Long Branch, Dane and Linsey went on to write and direct their first feature film, I Put a Hit on You (2014), a television series, The Commute (2016), and another short, Bickford Park (2017).

Duration: 14:00

Chef de meute (Herd Leader)


Dir: Chloe Robichaud
Canada – 2012

Clara’s overwhelming family can’t understand her solitary life, wishing she would find someone to grow old with. Following her aunt’s sudden death, Clara is put in charge of her pet. Little does she know that these are the first steps to an unlikely, but empowering, friendship.

Chloe Robichaud has gone on since directing Chef de Meute to direct two features, Sarah Prefers to Run (2013) and Pays (2016) and has written and directed episodes of the television series Féminin/Féminin.

Duration: 13:00

Still from Foxes


Dir: Lorcan Finnegan
Ireland – 2012

Ellen and James live alone in a silent maze of uniform houses populated only by spectral shrieking foxes. James commutes to and from work each day, leaving in the morning, returning at dusk. Ellen spends her time photographing the foxes. Her pastime becomes an obsession. An obsession that alienates James. One day she flees the house, vanishing into the endless rows of overgrown gardens…

After Foxes, Lorcan went on to write and direct his feature debut Without Name, which had its world premiere at TIFF in 2016.

Duration: 15:30

Celebrate six seasons and help us kick off our biggest year ever! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are also FREE, and door tickets may very well not be available. So get your advance tickets right away!