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 screened in Sydney (at Hoyts cinemas cnr Albert & Victor St, Chatswood) and is open to submissions all year round.

Event: Sunday 12th Sept 2021
Time: 4.30pm - 6pm
Top ten short films of JOY

6.00-7.30pm Get a Life, Alright feature film (private viewing)

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

Prizes for Best short film, Best diversity short film & Best Female Filmmaker film and Victoria Jackson's Best Actor award.

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 )

Early Bird Special $12 &

Regular fee $20,

Late fee $25

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
  • 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

  • Fern Mei Sim

    Excellent festival- very well organised, prompt communication, and Joy went above and beyond with contacting press and setting up interviews for each of the finalists. It was a great privilege to get to screen my film 'I, Dear' at the Hoyts cinema and win best female filmmaker. A fantastic celebration of film, joy, and diversity!

    September 2019
  • Nicholas Zakrajcek

    A great platform to showcase our work and spread the joy and diversity. Wonderful to have the opportunity to be a part of something like this. Great people and great films!

    September 2019
  • Katharine Rogers

    It's a really wonderful festival to screen at - I should know I've screened three films there. So nice to see them on the big screen in a cinema and the audiences really seem to love and embrace everyone's work. Joy is lovely to deal with and does a great job of communicating with filmmakers and marketing the festival.

    September 2018
  • Such a wonderful film festival and such a joy to be selected. I adore its message and it was such a perfect home and our Australia premiere for our short film GOOD FOR ONE FREE HUG. I also love their mission of wanting more diversity in cinema and something I often have and want in my own films that I create. I look forward in much more successes to this great festival and plan to send more of my work!

    Here's to Joy!

    September 2018