While seemingly glib, the title of the film series Shorts That Are Not Pants says a lot about short films. Just like the garment that’s only seen during certain times of the year (at least in Canada), short films aren’t given much screen time other than at the Worldwide Short Film Festival. Also, like the garment, short films are short. (Okay, this analogy has gone far enough.)
Shorts That Are Not Pants started in December 2009 as a way for film blogger James McNally to share short films with friends in his apartment. As interest grew, McNally figured the good times could be shared with the rest of Toronto—after all, we’re no mean city. The programming will be drawn from the UK-based Future Shorts, the largest short film network in the world. Shorts That Are Not Pants, however, will also have a Canadian focus, screening NFB animated shorts, including some on the Academy Awards shortlist—like Wild Life, by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby. Oscar winners will be featured in the programme as well: God of Love by Luke Matheny (you might recall him thanking his mother for doing craft services at the Academy Awards) and shortlisted Luminaris (Juan Pablo Zaramella).
McNally hopes that Shorts That Are Not Pants will become a quarterly series, ultimately making shorts fashionable in all seasons.
Tickets are $10 at the door ($5 if you’re wearing shorts), or $8 in advance.