The Joy House Film Festival

The Joy House Film Festival is a yearly short film festival with the main theme of JOY and sub-theme of diversity.

It was founded in 2013 to give a platform for emerging filmmakers and for their work to be celebrated. The festival awards prizes for best film, best diversity film, best female filmmaker, and in 2022 we’re introducing a new category for best video (TikTok), in keeping with the above themes.

This festival is proud to have discovered great films and such talented filmmakers, such as “The Present’s”  Jacob Frey.

This three-minute film tells the story of a young boy who gets an injured puppy as a gift, we won’t spoil what happens next but it’s not surprising Disney were left so impressed after seeing this film that they offered him a job. Another festival favourite is “Joy & Herron.” This 4 minute animated film directed by Passion’s Kyra & Constantin, tells the story of Joy, the brand dog mascot, and her comic trials with a pesky heron. This short film has gone on to win many accolades across the globe.

The Joy House Film festival will continue to support emerging filmmakers around the world, spreading joy and serving a platform opportunity and a voice for undiscovered & talented filmmakers. It’s supported by the Media & Entertainment Arts Alliance’s Diversity Committee & Actors’ Equity Australia.

Congratulations to all the finalists for 2021.
The winner of this year’s Joy House Film Festival goes to Andrew Robb for Odd one out.
Best Female FilmmakerBelinda Small for “Dis/Connect.”
Best Diversity Filmmaker Ryan Chu for Deep Fears.
Thank you to our judges – Oliver Phommavanh & Peter Andrikidis
It was another wonderful year of entries. Thank you.
Congratulations to all the finalists for
the 7th annual Joy House Film Festival.
Gardens on Forest’s Best Joy House film –
Lost & Found.
Best Diversity – Aust Post: A really good investigation.
Victoria Jackson’s Best Actor – Adam Dunn.
Best Women’s film- At Intersections.


Congratulations to Nicholas Zakrajcek, for winning 2019’s Coles’ best short film for “Timeless.”

Also congratulations to Fern Mei Sim on winning Gardens on Forest’s Best Female filmmaker for “I, Dear,” and Orlando Holmes for winning Runner Up for best Kids / Youth film for “Birds” and William Pacquiao for winning best kids / Youth film for “Someone Cares,” for his documentary on homelessness.

Ravenswood Film’s best Diversity film goes to Elevator by Greg Glinear.

Joy House Film Festival in Film Ink magazine

Celebrating the Joy & Diversity on the Big Screen


World Film Fair

Congratulations to our 2018 finalists

selected for World Film Fair.

Award winners for World Film Fair are:

Joy & Heron (Best World Film Fair International Animation)

& Give Me a Minute (Best World Film Fair short film – Australia / NZ / Asia)

World Film Fair Give me a minute

World Film Fair best animation



Joy & Heron – JHFF Best Short Film 2018

Munchies – JHFF Best Women’s Short Film

Creed – JHFF Best Youth Short Film

Digby Webster – JHFF Best Diversity Short Film.

That’s Life – JHFF People’s Choice.

“An enjoyable festival”

Mark Morellini

Journalist – Preview Films / The City Hub

JHFF 2018 crowd

Joy House Film Festival featured in Film Ink Magazine

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At Hoyts Mandarin Centre, Chatswood.

Level 3

65 Albert Ave,


(cnr of Victor, Albert St)

Joy House Film Festival Tickets

In July 2018, The World Film Fair (New York) approached Joy House Film Festival to be one of its official partners. We have accepted their offer. Our finalists will now have the opportunity to have their short films shown to markets overseas in New York.

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Mark Harris for “Passage of Flick” – 2017 Joy House Film Festival Winner!

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Katharine Rogers for “Dancing with Gene Kelly” – 2017 W.I.T.S. Best Short Film made by a Woman.

Actress Clementine Bell to collect her prize.


Ivan Farkas best Youth Short Film for “Homo Sapiens.”

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Laith Sami best Diversity short film for “White Cane.”


  1. In Excile (Alexander Kurilov)
  2. Drawn Together (Victoria Howell)
  3. Our Wonderful Nature (Lars Truger)
  4. Remarkable (Kim Lodington)
  5. White Cane (Laith Sami)
  6. Passage of Flick (James Vinson)
  7. Homo Sapiens (Ivan Farkas)
  8. Dancing with Gene Kelly (Katharine Rogers)
  9. Moon is Essentially Gray (Hannah Roman)





Congratulations to Sling Shot – David Hansen on

Winning this year’s Bunnings’ Best Short Film.


W.I.T.S’ best film made by a woman goes to Jackie by Sally Dulson

& Hoyts People’s Choice was won by Jackie (Sally Dulson)


Australasian Art & Stageworks’ Best Diversity Film goes to Flip on Long Edge

-Shing Hei Ho

Kitty Connection‘s Best Youth Film goes to Snake Attack by Ivan Farkas



Congratulations to The Present (animation)

Winning this year’s Media Super’s Best Short Film.

Directors Jacob Frey .Writers Jacob Frey, Fabio Coala Producers Anna Matacz,
Jacob Frey) Germany

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THE BEST OF THE JOY HOUSE FILM FESTIVAL was on the 2nd February on Scarborough Beach as part of the City of Stirling’s Summerset Arts Festival.

The crowd was treated to an entertaining afternoon with a great selection of short films, ranging from: drama, documentary, drama-comedy, animation, stop animation & action films. They included Hannah Klassek’s Anon, Michelle Lia’s Indigenous film Grandma, George Dot Play’s Candy Crush Saga, Tonnette Stanford’s dog movie Wally, Pearl Tan’s documentary Minority Box, Josh Lorschy’s animation We Are World Change (Youth), Mansour Noor’s Origami, Valentina Buay‘s “Joy of Slowing Down (Youth).” 

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The crowd enjoyed the films, show bags and fun giveaway prizes which included Baker’s Delight vouchers and Hoyts vouchers. “The purpose of the Joy House Film Festival is not only to give a platform for emerging filmmakers to showcase their stories of joy and diversity but it’s also encouraging the general public to pay it forward to spread joy and kindness!”

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“The Joy House Film Festival was a great experience putting together an animation to promote social change and joy. The event was really enjoyable, I loved watching other filmmakers work. I was stoked to win a prize, as all the other films were really engaging. I’ll definitely enter again this year.”
Josh Lorschy Age 15 (Youth Entrant Finalist)

“’The Joy House Film Festival is a fantastic event that engages the community to celebrate diversity and as a selected filmmaker it has been rewarding experience. The entrants are always so varied from one another and yet they all represent the joy of diversity in their own artistic representations. It is so important to communicate these thematics to the community and the younger generations in a fun and engaging way which the festival has done successfully in the last two years.’
Aileen Huynh (Filmmaker Finalist)




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.

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


Congratulations to Pearl Tan for winning best Multicultural Film for “Minority Box”

and Michelle Lia for winning Best Indigenous Film for “Grandma.”

Hoyts People’s Choice went to Maria Tran’s “Gaffa.”

Thank you to our judges- 2DayFm’s Geoff Field and Channel Nine’s Kitchen Ninja Andy Minh Trieu.


“All the Staff here at Bendigo Bank Willoughby North were proud to be part of a wonderful day at the Concourse in Chatswood for the 1st ever JoyHouse Film Festival, where we saw a vast array of high quality presentations from all entrants involved. We were proud to hand over the prize for Best Youth Film, and very keen to continue our fantastic relationship into next year’s event, which will be bigger and better in all forms ! A great event for all the family!”

Paul Boykos (Managing Director of Bendigo Bank Willoughby)

“A great selection of films. We’re happy that “Gaffa” won Hoyts People’s Choice Award.”

Jonathan Melbourne (Manager of Hoyts Mandarin Centre)

“A great selection of films in the Joy House Film Festival”

Bernard Lau

Willoughby Council



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