Crossing Europe 2022 / Close-Up: YOUKI goes YAAAS!

In cooperation with the YOUKI International Youth Media Festival we will once again invite two young filmmakers this year to show their first videos in direct comparison to their current works, and give them the opportunity to answer questions about their work in the film industry in an open discussion format. What is particularly important is how they made their way as filmmakers, and the question, which problems, hurdles and setbacks they had to endure, but also which creative developments they went through.

The event will be hosted by three members of our former YAAAS! Young Programmers, who will complement the discussion with short extracts from the films of our guests. They are Marlene Mayrhofer, Lea Haslmaier, and Eva Lackner, and are currently attending their final year at the HBLA für künstlerische Gestaltung.

Close-Up Guests 2022:

Elena Wolff

Elena Wolff is the YAAAS-guest. She* is an actor, comedian, and nihilistic idealist, or the other way around. Born in Berlin, raised in Kitzbühel and Vienna, she* is now the perfect mix of street credibility and rustic picturesque alpine charm. In 2017 she* was the vice champion of the Austrian Poetry Slam championships, and has been living in Vienna since 2019 as an independent, extremely successful and strikingly attractive stage artist. More infos can be found on her website.


Luzia Johow

Luzia Johow, born 1995 in Burgenland (Austria). In 2016 she graduated at the Ortweinschule Graz (focus on film & multimedia art) and later did an internship at Nightshift (post production) in Paris. Since 2017 she's been studying editing and original sound at the Vienna Film Academy, directing music videos and various short films. She participated in numerous film productions, mostly in post-production and sound. More infos can be found on her website!