Close-Up: YOUKI goes YAAAS!

In cooperation with the YOUKI International Youth Media Festival we once again invited 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 was hosted by three members of our former YAAAS! Young Programmers, who complemented 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.

The recording of this year's YAAAS! Close-Up can be watched HERE.



Lea Haslmaier, Marlene Mayrhofer, Elena Wolff, Luzia Johow, Eva Lackner

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.

Here is an excerpt from Elena Wolff's "MoNuMent," an 18-minute mockumentary from 2018.

Here is an excerpt from "Para:dies", a film by Elena Wolff and Julia Windischbauer from 2022.

Photo: Alex Gotter


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!

„Madonna im Märchenwald" is Luzia Johow's first cinematic work (2014).

„Why, thisbe? - Queen Leer” is a music video Luzia Johow made together with Verena Gross in 2018.

The documentary "MVA" is Luzia Johow's first Film Academy project.

„Bato Nebo" is a documentary film by Luzia Johow from 2020/21.


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