Education Program


Photo Patrick Keen: © Jason Wiemer - all other photos: © privat
Photo Patrick Keen: © Jason Wiemer - all other photos: © privat

2016 marks the third 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, Y4GC offers eight high school age 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 and make a short film; increase cross-cultural awareness through cinema; participate in the selection of two winning films for the Youth 4 German Cinema “Festival Field Trip” that screens at the festival for hundreds of visiting students of middle schools and high schools.


  • Doran Mitchell Hudson, 18, Alberta, Canada
  • Dunia Suuck, 14, Claremont, California
  • Glenn Stanton, 17, Union, Kentucky
  • Patrick Thomas Keen, 18, Greendale, Wisconsin
  • Rafael Rivera Gouzález, 17, Cueruavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • Renata Deli Larios, 17, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
  • West Meriwether Givens, 19, Senatobia, Mississippi
  • Zoé Arnold-Trottier, 18, Montreal, Canada

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The 2016 Youth for German Cinema Jury chose Til Schweiger’s Honey in the Head, Germany’s biggest box office hit of the year, as this year’s winning film and awarded runner-up honors to Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt’s debut feature The Spiderwebhouse.

Youth 4 German Cinema is made possible by the generous support of the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.


The jury will participate in a filmmaking workshop led by Berlin-based filmmaker Marcus Sporkmann. Jurors will collaborate with Sporkmann to create a documentary that unites their own footage, shot under the broad theme “Youth in the Streets Where I Live”. The resulting film will be shown on the Step Into German youth portal.

© Courtesy of Marcus Sporkmann

Marcus Sporkmann is a California-educated production pro who has worked behind the camera in film and television broadcast throughout Europe and the United States. He has been working as a freelance editor, video producer and multimedia trainer for the Goethe-Institut, in Germany and abroad, for the last 15 years.

Click here to view the short film from the most recent festival.

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