Powerhouse Youth Theatre’s annual SHORTCUTS Film Festival is Western Sydney’s premier short film festival for young people. The festival celebrates its 11th year in 2014 and is recognised as the premiere short film festival in the region by showcasing the best emerging talent and creating industry pathways for participants.

SHORTCUTS was created in response to a burgeoning film culture in Sydney’s Western suburbs. The festival has experienced exponential growth since its inception in 2003. It has blossomed from a small gathering of local filmmakers to a large-scale event that engages interest from across greater Western Sydney and in 2014 has attracted over $10K in sponsorship.

SHORTCUTS is open to films under 7 minutes created by anyone under the age of 25 who lives, works or studies in Sydney’s west.

SHORTCUTS is an initiative of PYT and is presented in partnership with Fairfield City Council and ArtsNSW.

For entry information and more on the festival, please visit