Youth 4 German Cinema


© Barak Shrama

2017 marked the fourth year of the Youth 4 German Cinema program, organized by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco’s Language Department, Berlin & Beyond Film Festival and the North American youth portal Step Into German.

Chosen from a pool of over 100 applicants, the Y4GC program of 2016-2017 offered high-school-aged students across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada the opportunity to: go behind-the-scenes and participate at an international film festival; meet industry professionals; participate in a short filmmaking camp; 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.


  • Alienor Rose Goodman, 16, NY City, New York
  • Jonathan Christopher Kuse, 16, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Logan Tarbert Chelmo, 15, Shakopee, Minnesota
  • Philip Alexander Schwenteck, 17, Toronto, Canada
  • Angel Olea Romero Ugarte, 17, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Ainara Murueta Arreola, 16, Guadalajara, Mexico

© Rat Pack Filmproduktion © Kerstin Stelter for enigma film

The 2016-2017 Youth for German Cinema Jury chose Evi Goldbrunner and Joachim Dollhopf’s unique father-and-son story At Eye Level as this year’s winning film and awarded runner-up honors to Andreas Gruber's post-war, coming-of-age drama Hanna's Sleeping Dogs.


The jury members participated in a special filmmaking workshop dedicated to screenwriting, led by Oliver Schütte.

Courtesy of Oliver Schütte

Oliver Schütte studied film and theater in Berlin, Germany. He has been a screenwriter for film and television since 1986. Since 1990, he has been working as a script consultant. From 1995 until 2008, he was the director of the Master School Drehbuch, an institution for the basic and advanced education of screenwriters, script consultants and producers. In 2001 and 2007, he was invited to Grinnell College in Iowa as a writer-in-residence. He works as a writer, script consultant, and as a lecturer in Germany, Austria, Poland, and Switzerland. He is also the Managing Director of the film production company tellfilm Deutschland, and a founding member of the German Film Academy.


See the two short films from the past two years of the Youth 4 German Cinema program:

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