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Free Panel: Saturday November 19th at 11am

Free Panel: Saturday November 19th at 11am

Join us for a free panel on Saturday November 19th at 11am at Innis Town Hall. A group of film professionals moderated by TIFF’s Robyn Citizen will discuss the topic “So You’ve Made A (Short) Film, Now What?” The panel will be an hour long and there will be an opportunity for audience questions. We’re also recording it so we can share it with you later. But why not come and kick off a day of short film with some career advice? Even if you’re not a filmmaker, this session will be sure to inspire you.

Registration is FREE

Seed & Spark Workshops

Seed & Spark

We’re very pleased to be partnering with Seed & Spark this year to offer two virtual workshops to filmmakers. With the highest crowdfunding success rate in the world for movies and shows and loads of free resources, tools and education, Seed & Spark exists to help pioneering storytellers take control of their creative careers. These one-hour workshops are FREE and open to all.

Crowdfunding To Build Independence

Looking to build a sustainable creative career that will last long after your campaign ends? Join us in the Crowdfunding to Build Independence workshop to learn key strategies for audience building.

Monday November 14, 4pm EST

Register for FREE

Art of the Pitch

Wondering how to pitch your project to the people who will help get it off the ground? Join us for The Art of the Pitch workshop to learn the various conditions for pitching during your creative career.

Monday November 21, 4pm EST

Register for FREE

Announcing Our 2022 Animation Jury

I’m excited to share with you our 2022 animation jury. We’re so thankful to have their participation this year.

Laura KimMeres J. WecheMark Tara

Laura Kim

Laura Kim has always had a passion for art in many of its forms: poetry, film, music, and photography. Her artistic contributions range from published poems to serving on the JAYU film festival’s jury. She is currently a student at the University of Toronto, pursuing a double major in Cinema Studies and English with a minor in Creative Expression and Society. At U of T, she is Vice President External of the Cinema Studies Student Union and is excited to be a part of the Shorts Not Pants animation jury.

Meres J. Weche

Meres J. Weche is the founder and publisher of Culture Shox Media. The Toronto-based media company publishes a series of websites and podcasts focusing on the arts, culture and travel. Meres is a film lover and an accredited journalist with the Toronto International Film Festival. He’s a former two-time official judge with the JUNO Awards in the Francophone Album of the Year and World Music Artist of the Year categories. He most recently served as Head of Editorial for the Noor Riyadh Festival of Light in Saudi Arabia. An adventure seeker, he has lived and worked on four continents.

Mark Tara

Mark Tara is the producer and host of Rainbow Country, a nationally syndicated gay radio show that was named the #1 LGBT podcast by Podomatic and the #2 LGBT podcast in Canada according to Feedspot. Mark is also a musician whose song “Different Love” was used as the official song of Pride in 2000.

Announcing Our 2022 Documentary Jury

We are very happy to share that this group of documentary experts will be judging this year’s selection of documentary shorts. We are honoured to have their participation!

Lydia MatataElad DekelCarly Florentine

Lydia Matata

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Lydia Matata is a writer on the series Country Queen, streaming on Netflix and Igiza, on Showmax. Her short film Sungura was selected at Shorts Not Pants in 2021 and recently won the Best Women In Film Award at the Black Star International Film Festival and the Best Extended Cinema Award at the Malatesta Short Film Festival. She directed and produced the documentary Utapata Mwingine, winner of the Best Emerging Filmmaker Award at the UN Women’s Global Voices Film Festival.

Elad Dekel

Elad Dekel is a student at the University of Toronto, studying Cinema Studies, Criminology and History. Apart from being the Vice President Internal of the Cinema Studies Student Union, he has also worked in the industry as a script coverage intern, and volunteered at a multitude of events. He focuses on writing short stories and screenplays, and is passionate about photography and videography. Currently, he is studying changes in the use of music in American animated films from the late 80s hand-drawn animation era to the present day computer-generated animation era.

Carly Florentine

Carly Florentine is an actress and interdisciplinary artist of mixed media. Her photography has been exhibited in the UK, Italy and online and she has performed poetry in Barcelona, Paris and regularly in London. She studied directing and documentary filmmaking and is working for Demetera International Short Film Festival. She has previously been on the jury of a poetry and live music competition.