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Joy Boy


Based on a true story, Joy Boy is a moving and fractured retelling of the defining moments in the life of a young gay man, Jonny, caught between his conservative family, an evangelical church and his emergent sexuality.

Writer/Director: Stef Smith

Co-Writer: Jonny Hawkins

Joy Boy is a GEFF (Generator Emerging Filmmakers Fund) film, made with the assistance of Create NSW in association with SBS. 

Joy Boy is available to world-wide through the premium short film platform Omeleto


WINNER: Best Australian Short - Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2019

WINNER: Best Film & Best LGBTQI Film - West End Film Festival 2019

WINNER: Best Director, Best Screenplay and Audience Choice Awards - Freshflix Film Festival Vivid 2019

Nominee: 2019 Iris Prize & LGBT+ Film Festival 2019, Cardiff Wales

Nominee: Best Short Film - Screen Producers Awards 2018

Nominee: Best Casting in a Short Film - Australian Casting Guild 2018

Additional screenings: Palm Springs Short Fest 2019, St Kilda Film Festival 2019,  Cinefest Oz 2019, Vancouver Film Festival 2019, Fear No Film - Utah Arts Festival 2019, Edinburgh Film Festival 2019, Oldenburg Film Festival 2019, Queer Film Festival Esslingen 2019, Flicks for Change LA & SF 2019, Stellar Short Film Festival 2019,

The American Pavillion - Emerging Filmmaker LGBTQ Showcase 2020

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Joy Boy on Omeleto

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