Contest “Youth 4 German Cinema”

Youth 4 German Cinema – Archive


For the third time, the Youth 4 German Cinema program chose eight talented, high school aged students from a pool of over 100 applicants from Mexico, Canada and the U.S. to attend the 20th Anniversary Berlin & Beyond Film Festival 2016 as a youth jury.

This year’s winners and youth jury 2016:

Dunia (USA), Rafael (Mexico), Patrick (USA)‚ Glenn (USA)
West (USA), Zoé (Canada), Mitch (Canada), Renata (Mexico)

The youngsters attended not only the festival but also two film workshops, caught a glimpse behind the scenes of an international film festival and had the chance to experience one of America's most beautiful and dynamic cities: San Francisco. As in the years prior, the highlight was to select the two winning films out of a selected core of German-language youth films that had been pre-selected by our Step Into German initiative. This 2015-2016 winner was “Head Full of Honey” by Til Schweiger. Runner-up was “The Spiderwebhouse” by Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt. In front of a packed house at the legendary Castro Theatre the jurors had the honor to present Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt with the 2015-2016 Youth 4 German Cinema Award and engaged in an in-depth Q&A on stage after the film's screening.

Throughout the festival, it has been particularly exciting for the jurors to have the opportunity to meet renowned German acting talents and filmmakers in person on the red carpet, and to speak with them about their careers, the present filmmaking scene in Germany, and the art and craft of filmmaking. Mara Eibl-Eibelsfeldt was kind to offer the young jurors an authentic look at her directing craft through a special workshop.

The youth jurors also had the opportunity to demonstrate their filmmaking skills. Together with Marcus Sporkmann, a German filmmaker and leader of this year’s Film Camp, they produced their own short film, based in the Mission District of San Francisco called “Youth on the Streets Where I Live”. Watch the film below: