Irish director Colm Quinn’s short drama Joy is to have its international premiere at next month’s South by South West festival in Austin, Texas. Winner of the Filmbase/RTÉ short film award, it will screen as part of the narrative shorts competition along with 26 other titles from around the world.

Joy tells the story of Nicola, a 16-year old girl, in hospital after giving birth. When her best friend Tess visits, she must reluctantly introduce her newborn daughter who only lived for a short time. The film stars Jane McGrath (Pure Mule), IFTA nominee Aoife Duffin (Behold The Lamb) and Derbhle Crotty (Notes on a Scandal).

Joy was shot by Director of Photography, Kate McCullough (His & Hers) and produced by Emmet Fleming and Neil Wallace for Venom Film.

Taking place in Austin, Texas, the SXSW® Film Conference and Festival is a creative environment featuring the dynamic convergence of talent, smart audiences and industry heavyweights. Last year the Festival featured many features and shorts, with 66 world premiere features, including Bridesmaids, Source Code, Attack the Block, Weekend, The Beaver, Dragonslayer and Natural Selection among others. The 2012 SXSW Film Conference and Festival takes place in March 9 – 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas. SXSW is also an official qualifying festival for the Academy Awards Short Film competition (Best Narrative Short and Best Animated Short). For more information, visit



  1. Just watched the short film ‘Joy’. Found it very moving. I cried after watching it. Congrats to Colm Quinn! Sad to see it was in memory of someone, but glad that their memory is carried on!

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