Shorts That Are Not Pants



Toronto certainly doesn’t lack for film screenings. Cinephiles here are spoiled for choice, usually. But when it comes to shorts, things aren’t so great.

Local film blogger James McNally launched Shorts That Are Not Pants in December 2009, showing a program of shorts in his apartment to a small group of friends. Several other editions followed, and he soon felt it was time to share the wealth of short film talent with the rest of the city.

Beginning in January 2012, Shorts That Are Not Pants kicked off a quarterly celebration of short film. In 2018, we became an annual festival held in November. We watch films from all over the world to bring you a curated program of films that we hope will entertain and inspire.

Event date

18.11.2022 ⟶ 27.11.2022

Awards (US$250) for Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Animated, Best Canadian shorts (all juried), plus another US$250 for Audience Award (chosen by attendees)

Admin Address
13 Allen Ave
ON M4M 1T5

Entry fee: $25-$60

James McNally

(Festival Director)

James McNally is the founder and festival director of Shorts That Are Not Pants in Toronto. He’s worked in programming and festival logistics for TIFF, Hot Docs, Sundance, Hamptons International Film Festival, Scruffy City Film and Music Festival (Knoxville, TN) and Kinofilm: Manchester International Short Film Festival. He has also worked in film distribution with KinoSmith Inc., and as a film blogger, establishing Toronto Screen Shots ( in 2007. As a writer, he has been a regular contributor to Short of the Week ( and the National Screen Institute (