Education Program


© Barak Shrama
© Barak Shrama

2018 will mark the fifth anniversary season of the Youth 4 German Cinema (Y4GC) program, organized by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco’s Language Department, Berlin & Beyond Film Festival and the North American youth portal Step Into German.


We are no longer receiving applications for the 2017-2018 Youth 4 German Cinema Program. We look forward to announcing the winning applicants soon. Winning applicants will come to San Francisco to attend our 22nd Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, engage with industry professionals, walk the red carpet, present the 2018 Youth 4 German Cinema Awards onstage, and engage in insightful filmmaking workshops with industry talents.


Application Deadline: Nov. 10, 2017
Participants Announced: Nov. 17, 2017
Screening Period for Films: Nov. 20 - Dec. 4, 2017
Winning Films Announced: Dec. 5, 2017
Attend the Festival: Feb. 8 - 11, 2018


Youth 4 German Cinema was designed to give high-school-age students input into the workings of an international film festival. Its 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 2017-2018 will offer 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 film 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.


See the two short films from past 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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