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 13th Sept
Time: 4.30pm - 6pm
Top ten short films of JOY

6.10-7.30pm Rhapsody of Love feature film

$1000 worth of prizes. Prizes include- cash vouchers, 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 and People's choice awards.

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 )

Christmas Early Bird Special $20 &

Early bird submission fee $25,

regular $30

Late fee $35

Children $5 early bird. Late submissions for children $15

Tip- we've found that our audiences love short films that are joyful and direct & to the point as they often win Hoyts People's Choice Award. The shorter the better!

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • 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