WELCOME TO THE 2012 FESTIVAL
Since its inception in 1996, Berlin & Beyond Film Festival has been America’s leading festival of films from German-speaking countries. Over 500 films have been presented to 110,000+ people, along with the memorable presence of celebrated guest stars, including Wim Wenders, Bruno Ganz, Michael Verhoeven, Fatih Akin, Barbara Sukowa, Hannelore Elsner, Doris Dörrie, Andreas Dresen, Jürgen Vogel, Daniel Brühl, Moritz Bleibtreu and Florian David Fitz.
Berlin & Beyond is a program of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, a national cultural institution of the Federal Republic of Germany. Berlin & Beyond is a 501(c)(3) American non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors.
- Bringing celebrated masters, popular artists, innovative auteurs and rising stars from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to the American public.
- Presenting film as a picture of the German contemporary society.
- Sharing humanity through cinematic storytelling.
- Capturing the diversity, history, innovation and progression of life in German-speaking countries in Europe.
- Highlighting the current trend of cinema in German-speaking countries, as reflected in various film festivals, theatrical releases and award selections.
- Lending support to the creative and independent spirit of filmmakers.
- Being an open platform for multicultural audiences.
Berlin & Beyond is an annual tradition for San Francisco, and has been a gateway for the American public to experience the diversity, history and progression of German-speaking countries; while celebrating the universal spirit & vision of filmmakers.