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Expanding Our Reach

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We love FilmFreeway. We were one of the first festivals to use this (Canadian!) film submission platform when it launched, and we continue to rely on it for quality film submissions. But we were finding that we weren’t receiving as many non-English language films as we’d like. After conducting a bit of research, we’ve decided to expand our reach by accepting films on two other submission platforms:

  1. Shortfilmdepot was created by the people behind the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the biggest short film festival in the world. Their truly international selection is an inspiration and so we’re confident that we’ll receive films from lots of new places this year.
  2. Festhome is based in Spain and has a good reach in Latin America as well. Some of our favourite short films come from Spain and we’ve been sorely lacking in representing work from the rest of the Spanish-speaking world, so we’re hoping this will remedy that situation.

Though we’ve been quiet lately, there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes, including researching new venues and partnerships. Stay tuned for more news, and if you haven’t yet signed up for our newsletter, consider taking that step. Just wait for the pop up subscription form.

February 2019 Audience Award Winner


Thanks to everyone who attended last night. There were a few different audience favourites, but congratulations to Cy Dodson (Beneath the Ink), whose film took the Audience Award prize!

  1. Beneath the Ink – 5 votes
  2. Caroline – 3 votes
  3. Fast Horse – 3 votes
  4. Brotherhood – 1 vote

(12 votes total)

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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.