Jury 2020

A five-person jury awardes the three YOUKI main prizes in the age categories 13-17 years, 18-22 years and 23-17 years as well as the Innovative Film Award.

The YOUKI-Austrian Award is given by a three-person jury consisting of DINA BUKVA, who designed the festival trailer this year, LENI GRUBER, filmmaker from YOUKI´s-home Wels, and STEFAN HUBER, Filmmuseum Wien.

LARA BELLON

lives and works in Vienna. After studying Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University College Maastricht, she attended the Friedl Kubelka School for Independent Film in Vienna. Since 2018 she has been the co-director of this human world - International Human Rights Film Festival and has been working on various film projects as a filmmaker and in production. She is currently studying Critical Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

JOHANNES GIERLINGER

Born in 1985, JOHANNES GIERLINGER studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and is still working in Vienna. His work revolves around history, remembrance, memory and resistance, as well as the respective forms of presentation. At the same time he is negotiating readings, doubts and possible future images in the form of essayist work. His works have been shown in national and international film festivals and institutions like Visions Du Réel Nyon, CPH:DOX, Edinburgh Int. Filmfestival, Belvedere21 Vienna, Dokufest Prizren, Salzburger Kunstverein, Werkleitz Zentrum für Medienkunst, rotor - association for contemporary art and Diagonale Graz.

ALEXANDER GRATZER

was born in 1993 in Hallein, Salzburg, studying painting until 2018 at the University of Applied Arts Vienna under Henning Bohl, Thomas Zipp, Johanna Kandl and Nikolaus Jantsch. From then on he has been studying the Master programme animation film at Moholy-Nagy University Budapest. His films (e.g. “Espresso” or “Museumswärter” 2016 and “Apfelmus” 2019) have won several international and national prizes at Varna Animation Festival Finland, Interfilm Festival Berlin and Vienna Shorts. In 2018 he created the festival trailer “Jubiläumsgeschenk” for the 20th YOUKI.

MARLENE HAUSER

was born in 1996 in Freistadt, Uppper Austria and studied acting at the Max Reinhardt Seminar, graduating in 2019. During her studies she acted in theatre productions at Max Reinhardt Seminar, at the Volkstheater Wien and at Nestroyhof Hamakom and has also participated in several film productions like the short “Die Trud” by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. After her studies, she shot the short “3Freunde2Feinde” by Sebastian Brauneis that was shown at the Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film 2020. The season of 2020 sees her as an ensemble member of the Theater an der Josefstadt.

ANNA SPANLANG

Born 1988 in Europe, ANNA SPANLANG was an altar girl for six years and lives, works and studies in Vienna among other cities. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, works on film and theatre productions and sometimes on radio plays, has worked as a member of YOUKI for eight years and is the director and producer of the TV wannabe late night web series “Green Scream”. She also coordinates the FC Gloria film prizes 2020 and sings in the choir of Mala Sirena.

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