Education Program


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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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Apply now for your chance to come to San Francisco to attend our 23rd Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in March 2019, engage with industry professionals, walk the red carpet, present the 2018-2019 Youth 4 German Cinema Awards, lead an onstage Q&A, and engage in insightful filmmaking workshops with industry talents.

Deadline: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM (Pacific Time)

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English (PDF, 660 KB)
German (PDF, 665 KB)
French (PDF, 656 KB)
Spanish (PDF, 663 KB)


  • Application Deadline: January 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM
  • Participants Announced: January 11, 2019
  • Screening Period for Films: January 11-17, 2019
  • Winning Films Announced: January 18, 2019
  • Attend the Festival: March 7-10, 2019

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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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