YOUKI is a vivid communication platform for the popularization of media culture.
In essence, YOUKI may be described as comprehensive and passionate celebration of media.
The festival's International Film Competition showcases outstanding short films from directors aged 10 to 26. Out of about 600 submissions, YOUKI annually screens about 80 films from all over the world. It therefore is 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.
The YOUKI Festival is held annually in Wels, Upper Austria, and gathers a diverse young audience: film enthusiasts, industry professionals, media fans, media teachers and – of course – young filmmakers.
A panel of well-known judges, consisting of filmmakers, critics, actors, festival directors or similar, awards three prizes for three different age groups (10–14/15–20/21–26) as well as the Innovative Film Award which focuses more on theme, content and current media developments rather than cinematic perfection.
Furthermore, the Audience Award is awarded to a favourite movie chosen by the people attending the festival and the Local Artist Award is given out by an Austrian student jury for the best Upper Austrian film.
° Grand Prizes (€ 700 / € 1100 / € 1500)
° Innovative Film Award (€ 800)
° Audience Award (€ 600)
° Local Artist Award (non-monetary)
Age: 10-26 years