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 and WITS (Women in Theatre & Screen - our social Media Sponsor).

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

Event: Sunday 9th Sept
Time: 4.30pm - 6pm

$1000 worth of prizes. Prizes include- cash, movie tickets, vouchers, watch, show bags, DVD packs, electrical/tech items etc.

Prizes for Best short film, Best diversity short film & Best Youth short film & W.I.T.S. (Women in Theatre & Screen) 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.
Christmas Early Bird Special $15 &
Early bird submission fee $20,
regular $25
Late fee $30 in Aug 2018.

Children $5 regular. Late submissions for children $10

Tip- we've found that our audiences love short films that are to the point! Films that are joyful and to the point often win Hoyts People's Choice Award.

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • Sage Drake

    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
  • Mark Harris

    What a wonderful festival! I had the pleasure of having Passage of Flick screen and win Best Short Film (2017). I look forward to returning!

    September 2017
  • Ivan Farkas

    a wonderful film festival. thankyou for having me be part of it.

    January 2017
    Joyhouse ff logo by kevin smlest
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much. We look fwd to see you again. Best wishes for 2017