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 (up to 20 minutes) from directors aged 10 to 26. Out of about 500 competition-submissions, YOUKI annually screens about 70 films from every continent. It therefor 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.

International Competition and Awards

YOUKI offers an important platform for showcasing young Austrian and international filmmakers.

A panel of well-known judges 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.

  • Grand Prizes (€ 700 / € 1100 / € 1500)
  • Innovative Film Award (€ 800)
  • Audience Award (€ 600)
  • Local Artist Award