Contest “Youth 4 German Cinema”


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The 2019-2020 season of Youth 4 German Cinema (Y4GC) marks the seventh 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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The decision has been made and the winners of this year’s Youth 4 German Cinema competition have been selected. We thank you for the numerous and interesting applications and congratulate:

  • Canada: Kseniya Finchenko
  • Mexico: Aranza Fabiola Álvarez Tahuilán, Daniel Botello Fernandez, Ximena Montserrat Trujillo Mejia
  • USA: Lily Jiang, Whitney Williams


  • Application Deadline: October 31, 2019 at 10:00 AM
  • Participants Announced: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Screening Period for Films: November 6-20, 2019
  • Winning Films Announced: November 20, 2019
  • Attend the Festival: February 6-9, 2020

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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 2019-2020 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.

2019: "Amelie rennt" with director Philipp Budweg
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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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