Joy House Film Festival – why we need “joy” and “diversity”

On the 21st of September was the second Joy House Film Festival and there was definitely “joy” in the air.

Everyone was given a fun “joy” show bag courtesy of our sponsor Bendigo Bank and we showcased the best short films from Sydney and overseas. With the ongoing theme of “joy” displayed in every film, uplifted our audience. The purpose of this film festival is to have an hour and a half of family entertainment with the public feeling more positive afterwards.

The Joy House Film festival also proudly supports diversity. Our Diversity sponsor, Aardvark Casting director – Barbara Harvey, says “It’s so important for film makers to embrace diversity throughout the entire creative process from writing through to casting and with your influence we will naturally see diversity on our screens.”

Together we can make a difference having a festival like this which is proudly supported by Actor’s Equity Australia’s Diversity committee.

“We can make a change for the better and we’ll continue to pursue this vision so eventually in time we’ll see positive results in our culture #Diversity on all our screens. This is a platform for emerging film makers wanting to portray a positive story or message!” says founder and artistic director Joy Hopwood.


2014 National Storage winner - final pic

Hannah Klassek Winner of National Storage Artarmon’s Best Film Award.


Paul Boykos ( Bendigo Bank manager ) congratulating

Josh Lorschy on winning Bendigo Bank’s Youth Award.


Joy Hopwood presenting Mansoor Noor with the

Aardvark Casting’s best Diversity award.




Sukhmani Khorana, Indigo Willing with programming director-

Amadeo Marquez Perez.

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Authors Walter Mason and Pam Newton at this year’s Joy House Film Festival

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