Spread the Joy at the Joy House Film Festival 2018 (celebrating joy & diversity)
This year, Joy House Film Festival was asked to be partners with New Yorkʼs World Film Fair!
“Itʼs great that World Film Fair approached us because that means our top 10 short films will be shown internationally and our message of joy and diversity will be shared – globally. Already from its conception weʼve seen an increase in diversity content in films, a jump from 10 to 50-60% in a matter of 5 years. Itʼs exciting to be part of this diversity movement.” Says founder and NSW elected MEAAʼs (Media Entertainment and Arts Allianceʼs Diversity representative, Joy Hopwood.
The Joy House Film Festival was founded 5 years ago and its goal is to spread JOY in the community and give a platform for filmmakers. It started by a remark a friend in
the industry made saying thereʼs not enough film festivals that left her feeling uplifted afterwards. She also mentioned how thereʼs a lack of diversity in films. So being a
filmmaker myself, I thought why not pay it forward and spread this sense of community and start my own film festival.
Films selected include: Any Help Will Help (comedy US), Munchies (Australian stop motion animation), Digby Webster Doco about a successful artist with a disability
(Australia), Creed (Australian Youth film) about a Muslim boy who has a passion for soccer, Good For One Free Hug (US), Reflector of Living Will (Foreign Film), Thatʼs Life (Australian Rom Com), First Impressions (Australian Doco), Give me a minute (Australian Comedy), Joy and Herron (animation).
“Life’s too short for me to wait and see the change in the industry, so why not make the change,” says Joy Hopwood. “After the success of Crazy Rich Asians, thereʼs definitely public demand for more diversity driven films to be made.”
Joy House Film Festival gives out awards for not only best film, but best DIVERSITY film, best Youth Film, Hoyts Peopleʼs Choice Awards, Best Womenʼs Film. We’re
supported by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance’s Diversity committee.
The judges for this yearʼs festival includes writer/ screenwriter- Benjamin Law and writer/ screenwriter Alice Pung and the local mayor.
Joy House Film Festival
Sunday Sept 9th Hoyts Mandarin Centre
cnr of Albert and Victor St, Chatswood.
To buy tickets go to https://Joyhousefilmfestival.eventbrite.com.au