Youth for German Cinema 2019


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The 2018-2019 season of Youth 4 German Cinema (Y4GC) marks the sixth year of this special program that brings together young film enthusiasts in vivid appreciation of German cinema, language, and culture. Youth 4 German Cinema is organized by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco’s Language Department, Berlin & Beyond Film Festival and the North American youth portal Step Into German.

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This year’s jury chose Tobias Wiemann’s coming-of-age drama Mountain Miracle - An Unexpected Friendship as the winning film, and awarded runner-up honors to Florian Ross’s heartfelt, self-discovery film, A Jar Full of Life.

In attendance at this year's Berlin & Beyond Film Festival is German film producer Phillip Budweg. He has produced some of the most successful films for family entertainment in Germany, such as the "Ruby Red" saga, "The Pasta Detectives" trilogy, and independent features such as "Winter's Daughter".

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JURY 2018-2019

We are excited to announce the jurors of the 2018-2019 Youth 4 German Cinema program. The five participants will fly to San Francisco and receive an all-access experience to the festival, where they will walk the red carpet on Opening Night, introduce their film selections and participate in on-stage discussions at the Youth 4 German Cinema screenings. They will participate in Film Camp workshops with industry professionals, delving into special topics.

  • Canada: Ana Tue
  • Mexico: Ana Sofia Vazquez, Natalia Godínez Paz
  • USA: Katie O’Leary, Aleta Hammerich


Applications are closed for the current program.

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Youth 4 German Cinema was designed to give high-school-age students input into the workings of an international film festival. The program's goals are to increase multi-cultural awareness among students and educate them on the subject of international film, film criticism and the filmmaking process, as well as provide an entry point for youth to the cinema world of German-speaking countries. Chosen from a pool of applicants from across North America, the Y4GC program of 2018-2019 will offer high-school-aged students across the U.S., Canada and Central America the opportunity to: go behind-the-scenes and participate at an international film festival; meet industry professionals; participate in artistic workshops; increase cross-cultural awareness through cinema; participate in the selection of two winning films for the Youth 4 German Cinema “Festival Field Trip” that will screen at the festival for hundreds of visiting students of middle schools and high schools from the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.


Galleries of past Y4GC programs recall special memories and moments with the youth juries, the film talents, and the Festival Field Trip screenings.

2018: "My Brother Simple" with Director Markus Goller and Actor Frederick Lau
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2017: "Hanna's Sleeping Dogs" with Producer Fritjof Hohagen
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2016: "The Spiderweb House" with Director Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt
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2015: "Run Boy Run" with Director Pepe Danquart
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2014: "Windstorm" with Director Katja von Garnier
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Each annual program of Y4GC is unique, focusing on various aspects of the filmmaking process. Two past editions have also included the production of short films.

2016: Youths on the Streets I Live
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2015: The Festival Experience
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