YOUKI is a Youth Media Festival set in Wels, Austria. As a vivid communication platform for the popularization of media culture, in essence, YOUKI may be described as a comprehensive and passionate celebration of media.

The festival's International Film Competition showcases outstanding short films from directors aged 27 and under. YOUKI annually screens around 90 films from all over the world and is therefore one of Austria's biggest up-and-coming media festival with an international focus.

Beyond that, YOUKI assembles various initiatives: workshops on theory and practice in film, print media, radio and internet, curated special programs like the discursive “Media Meeting”, art projects including media invasions in urban space as well as daily concerts, parties and much more during the festival week.
The YOUKI Festival is held annually in November in Upper Austria and gathers a diverse audience: film enthusiasts, industry professionals, media fans, teachers and – of course – young filmmakers from all over the world.

An international jury of five, consisting of filmmakers, critics, actors, festival directors etc., awards three prizes for three different age groups (13–17/18–22/23–27) as well as the Innovative Film Award, which focuses more on topic, content and current developments rather than cinematic perfection. The jury will also award the Austrian Award to the best Austrian film in the competition.
The Audience Award is of course chosen by our audiences. Their film highlight of 2021 will be decided by votes in the cinema.

° Grand Prizes (€ 700 / € 1100 / € 1500)
° Innovative Film Award (€ 800)
° Audience Award (€ 600)
° Austrian Award (€400)

IMPORTANT: Due to our festival's focus on young filmmakers, we will disqualify any submission without information about the age of the filmmaker(s)!
The same goes for submissions that selected more than one age category.

This is an agreement between you (the “submitter”)
Media Space
Verein zur Förderung von Medienkultur
Pollheimerstraße 17
4600 Wels
ZVR: 579621382
as the organiser of the event
“YOUKI International Youth Media Festival”
(“the festival”, “YOUKI”, “we”, “us” in the following text)
If you have any questions contact us at:
2.1 Short Films
There are no limits regarding the country of production, the director’s/producer’s nationality or the genre of the film.
2.1.1 Filmmaker’s age
The director of the film is born on or after the 1st of January 1993 and was 27 years old or younger when finishing the submitted film.
2.1.2 Length
The film is 20 minutes or less long.
2.1.3 Year of production
The film has been finished on or after the 1st of January 2020.
2.1.4 Re-Submissions
Films that have been submitted to previous editions of YOUKI will not be accepted.
2.1.5 Language
If the film has dialogue or text that is not in English, English subtitles have to be provided. That includes German-language productions.
3.1 The cash prizes for the short film competition will be as follows:
Filmmaker’s aged 13-17 years: EUR 700
Filmmaker’s aged 18-22 years: EUR 1100
Filmmaker’s aged 23-27 years: EUR 1500
Innovative Film Award: EUR 900
Audience Award (in case of possibility to have audience present): EUR 500
3.2 The awards for the best Upper Austrian film (called „Regionalpreis“) is a non-monetary award and does not include a cash prize. The content of the prizes will be published in the festival catalogue in November 2021 or online on
3.3 Payout of the prize money will be done via regular Bank transfer for Austrian and EU citizens (IBAN has to be provided) or PayPal for international winners (PayPal account has to be provided).
3.4 The prize and the amount of cash awarded may be subject to change.
4.1 The call for entries runs from the 1st of April 2021 until the 1st of July 2021.
4.2 The submitter will be notified of the selection status (accepted / rejected) until 8th of September through the submission platform or via email.
4.3 If selected the screening copy of the film and the following list (see point 5 below) must arrive at the festival office no later than the 1st of October.
In addition to a screener file you are asked to submit the following
5.1 One film still (300 pdi, 2000 pxl wide)
5.2 Director’s birthdate and finishing date of the film
5.3 Main credits
6.1 Accepted formats: DCP (2k, 24fps, 25fps, 30fps) and/or file: best possible quality (e.g. ProRes, H.264…) A backup file must be provided with every DCP.
6.2 The screening copy must arrive at the festival office no later than the 1st of October.
6.3 If the film has dialogue or text that is not in English, the film must be submitted with English subtitles. That includes German-language productions.
6.4 The festival does not pay rental fees, license fees or other such fees for submitted films that are selected to be screened in the short film competition.
7.1 By mail, courier or download (WeTransfer, Dropbox, …)
7.2 All deliveries from outside the European Union must be marked with the phrase “no commercial value – for cultural purposes only”.
7.3 We will not accept shipments for which we would have to bear shipping fees, duties, taxes or customs duties, and will not assume any responsibility for such shipments.
7.4 Costs: The applicant is responsible for the costs of sending the viewing and screening copies to the festival. The festival covers the costs of returning/forwarding screening copies.
7.5 Return of copies: All screening copies will be sent back to the address they were shipped from (or forwarded to an address specified by the submitter) as registered mail as soon as possible after the festival.
7.6 Please note: Preview copies will not be returned but stored in the YOUKI archive.
8.1 You guarantee that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the film you submit to us and that you are entitled to transfer the rights to us as specified in this agreement.
8.2 By submitting the film, you guarantee that all (intellectual property) rights needed for screening during YOUKI and other uses described in this agreement have been cleared.
8.3 By submitting the film you guarantee that the screening or other use of the film by YOUKI does not infringe rights held by third parties.
8.4 By submitting the film you agree to indemnify the festival against all third-party claims in connection with screening the film during YOUKI and other uses described in the terms. This includes covering any legal costs that might be incurred.
8.5 Screening: The festival is entitled to show the selected films during the duration of the festival any number of times.
8.6 Best-of programs: Selected films may be shown again as part of a best-of program to promote the films/filmmakers as well as the festival. If the film is to be shown the submitter will be informed ahead of time.
8.7 Press screeners & archive: You grant us the nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual and unlimited right to make copies of the film in order to make these copies available to press or industry representatives only and to archive these copies. The festival guarantees to exercise this right within reason and always with the benefit of the filmmaker in mind. These copies will not be used for commercial screening purposes by any means.
8.8 Promotion: If your film is selected to be included in the program you grant us the nonexclusive, royalty-free right to show – online, via television or in cinemas, in single form or as part of a showreel – excerpts of up to two minutes of the film for advertising and promotion purposes.
8.9 The entire selected competition program will be screened on Austrian television channel and will be available to stream online for two weeks after the festival on
8.10 Meta material: If your film is selected to be included in the program you grant us the nonexclusive, royalty-free, unlimited and irrevocable right to publish submitted meta material such as (but not limited to) film stills, the title and credits of the film, and the director’s name.
9.1 If a provision of this agreement is or becomes illegal, invalid or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, that shall not affect:
9.1a the validity or enforceability in that jurisdiction of any other provision of this agreement; or
9.1b the validity or enforceability in other jurisdictions of that or any other provision of this agreement.
9.2 This agreement is governed by Austrian law. The place of arbitration shall be Wels, Austria, the language of arbitration shall be German.

Overall Rating
  • I was honoured to have my film on YOUKI 2021. Everything was great, from communication and interaction with other filmmakers, although it had to be online this year. Nevertheless a great experience and I hope I'll get the chance to visit it live in the future :)

    November 2021
  • Prem Prasad Adhikary

    It was nice experiencing the festival though it was virtual.

    November 2021
  • Bahare Ruch

    This was an amazing experience, everything was so incredibly planned out. The communication with the Organizers is easy and happens natural. I am incredibly grateful that I could be part of YOUKIs 2020 edition.

    April 2021

    Very professional FF. Thank you for including PLAYERS in 2020. I also enjoyed the great virtual Gala evening ! I'll be submitting again for sure!

    December 2020
  • It was an honour to have our films screened at YOUKI International Youth Media Festival, Austria
    Thank you for selecting our films. Keep up the amazing work!

    November 2020