The Toronto International Film Festival is starting a new programme for international shorts, Shorts Cuts International.

The new spotlight, in five curated programmes, will kick off at TIFF in September 2014, and then will be continued as a series of monthly screenings year round at Bell Lightbox.

Shane Smith, TIFF’s Director of Special Projects, will oversee Short Cuts International and programmers will be announced in the coming months.

Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF, said: “With new technologies and a constant influx of new talent, short filmmaking is flourishing. As TIFF expands its global reach, we want to bring some of the world’s finest short films to the audience, industry and media that gather in Toronto every year.”

Selected international shorts will screen in five curated programmes this September. The Festival’s Short Cuts International screenings will kick off a new monthly shorts programme that will run year-round at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Festival submissions open Feb 12.

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 4 to 14, 2014.