Press Releases 2013-2014

Youth 4 German Cinema Jury Announces Winning Films

Films: Courtesy of SamFilm and Austrian Film Commission
Films: Courtesy of SamFilm and Austrian Film Commission

Katja von Garnier’s equestrian adventure “Windstorm” chosen as winner and Hüseyin Tabak’s immigration tale “Your Beauty is Worth Nothing” is the runner-up

Friday, November 15, 2013

(San Francisco)

The 18th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival (Jan 15-21, 2014) and the Goethe-Institut San Francisco celebrate the winners of the inaugural Youth 4 German Cinema Awards, a unique student-juried competition offering local high school students the opportunity to participate directly in an internationally-recognized film festival. The awarded films were selected by a student jury of five students hailing from a cross-section of Bay Area schools. The jury made their selection after screening each of the films and participated in a series of mentored talks designed to foster a better understanding of the criteria by which films are selected for the festival.

The 2013 Youth 4 German Cinema jury chose Katja von Garnier’s equestrian adventure Windstorm as this year’s winning film.

“Windstorm is a beautifully composed story of forgiveness, compassion and the bond between humans and animals,” the group wrote in their jurors’ statement. “This moving, courageous film has great performances, excellent cinematography and a wonderfully emotional soundtrack. It’s the kind of film you could watch again and again.”

The jury awarded runner-up accolades to Your Beauty Is Worth Nothing, Huseyin Tabak’s immigration tale told through the eyes of a young Turkish boy. The drama has received considerable attention on the international festival circuit.

“We chose Your Beauty Is Worth Nothing as our runner-up because it’s an excellent companion to Windstorm,” they continued. “It is highly realistic, very modern and has great cross-generational appeal. There aren’t many films like this made in Hollywood—it feels authentic. It is important that festival audiences see these kinds of films.”

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Participants in the Youth 4 German Cinema jury are:

  • Caroline Jamie Harris from Freedom High School, Oakley
  • Ethan Miller from Santa Clara High School, Santa Clara
  • Rosalie Mosner from Berkeley High School International Baccalaureate, Berkeley
  • Kaela Noble from Freedom High School, Oakley
  • Lara Leonie Waibel from Miramonte High School, Orinda

Youth 4 German Cinema Program

Youth 4 German Cinema is a cooperation between the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival and the Goethe-Institut San Francisco. It celebrates its inauguration this year and is made possible by generous support from Germany’s Federal Foreign Office. The program’s goal is to increase multicultural awareness among students and educate them on the subject of international film and film criticism, as well as provide an entry point for youth to the world of German-language cinema. After their selection, jurors were given the opportunity not only to ace

After an application-based selection process, the program begins with a series of film screenings and mentored talks from authors, critics and film producers. It continues throughout the festival with jury appearances at Opening Night and onstage conversations with visiting guest artists at the screenings of the Youth 4 German Cinema-awarded films. Participants are also awarded an all-access pass to the festival.


Since 1996, the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival has been the leading festival of contemporary German cinema in the Americas, and has presented over 500 motion pictures, along with the presence of celebrated film figures, including Fatih Akin, Moritz Bleibtreu, Daniel Brühl, Florian David Fitz, Bruno Ganz, Barbara Sukowa and Wim Wenders. The festival is presented in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, a national cultural institution of the Federal Republic of Germany. The main 18th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival will take place January 15th-19th, 2014 at the Castro Theatre movie palace and January 20-21 at the Goethe-Institut San Francisco auditorium. In addition, the new "preview series" Berlin & Beyond Honolulu will take place December 16-20, 2013 at the Doris Duke Theatre, at the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawai'i.

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The Goethe-Institut is Germany’s official cultural center comprised of 136 institutes in 92 countries. The Institut exists to promote art and films from Germany, the study of the German language, and encourage the international cultural exchange with Germany. The San Francisco branch has been promoting German culture and language since 1967. Its year-round cultural activities include up to five art exhibitions, weekly film screenings, annual events with local cultural institutions and periodic social gatherings.

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Jackson Scarlett, Publicist
Berlin & Beyond Film Festival