The Joy House Film Festival is a yearly short film festival with the main theme of JOY and sub-theme of diversity. It's the only film festival in Australia that is supported by Actors Equity Australia's Diversity Committee.

It's open to submissions all year round.

Event: Sunday 12th Nov 2023
Time: 4pm

Up to $1000 worth of prizes. Prizes include -cash vouchers, movie tickets, show bags, Haribo lollies etc.

Prizes for Best short film, Best diversity short film & Best Female Filmmaker film.

Supported by Actor's Equity Australia's Diversity Committee.

Light entertainment short films. Short films must be made within 5 years and they must have a scene of JOY (happiness) in the short film. Open to drama, comedy, animation, stop animation, music video, action etc.

If selected, the short film must be submitted for exhibition in Mp4 or mov (formatted 25 frames / p.s / or 24 frames /p.s only ) mp4

Early Bird Christmas Special $22

Early Bird Special $25

Regular fee $30

Late fee $35

Tip- we've found that our audiences love short films that are joyful and direct & to the point (around 5 mins & under is the best result). The shorter the better! Finalists must have liked the Joy House Film Festival Facebook page & support the festival, in order to be eligible to receive prizes. If you happen to submit a longer film, if selected we will request you to edit it to 10 mins or under due to strict cinema time requirements for the whole festival.

Overall Rating
  • Lisa Bishop

    Thank you for selecting Happy Anniversary as the winning film amongst a lovely selection of films that are spreading a message of happiness. A small festival with a big heart.

    September 2022
  • A great festival and extremely great communication especially amongst covid.

    November 2021
  • Thanks for a lovely festival. It was wonderful to see the film in a great cinema in front of an audience. Our teams hard worked landed us best Female Director award for the film Dis/Connect. Joy was very sensitive and caring in helping us pay tribute to our talented friend and cast member who sadly passed away.

    November 2021
  • Wonderful festival, great communication and social media promotion for the filmmakers. And always lovely these days to have a live cinema screening! Highly recommended.

    November 2021
  • Aiden McNamara

    The organisers were a pleasure to deal with and did a great job sending out press releases to publicise my little film's involvement - my local paper even ran a story. Due to travel restrictions I was unable to attend in person so I can't comment on physical event itself. Overall, I felt it was a modest but great value festival with a uniquely positive theme.

    September 2020
    Joyhouse ff logo by kevin smlest
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Aiden for your great review and feedback. We look fwd to your next short film