Contest “Youth 4 German Cinema”


YOUTH 4 GERMAN CINEMA 2019-2020 PROGRAM

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Youth 4 German Cinema takes high-school students backstage for a glimpse into the workings of the international film festival Berlin & Beyond. In doing so, students are introduced to the German language cinema landscape and learn about filmmaking, film criticism and international films as a whole.

Chosen from a pool of applications from across the US, Canada and Central America, Youth 4 German Cinema allows high-school students to participate in and to go behind the scenes of an international film festival; to meet industry professionals; to participate in artistic workshops; and to increase their cross-cultural awareness. Finally, they also help select the two winning films of the Youth 4 German Cinema “Festival Field Trip” that is screened at the festival for hundreds of visiting students from across the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.

We’ll be celebrating Berlin & Beyond’s 25th anniversary in 2021. Dates to be announced, so stay tuned for updates!

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The seventh season of Youth 4 German Cinema (Y4GC) was another big success! Organized by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco’s Language Department, Berlin & Beyond Film Festival and the North American youth portal Step Into German, this special program brings together young film enthusiasts in vivid appreciation of German cinema, language, and culture.

This year’s winners of Youth 4 German Cinema received an all-access experience to the festival, including a walk on the red carpet on the Opening Night, the introduction of their film selection, a Q&A session with the director of the Youth 4 German Cinema’s winning film, Sarah Winkenstette, and the participation in a Film Camp workshop with filmmaker Lindsay Gauthier.

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YOUTH 4 GERMAN CINEMA 2019-2020 PROGRAM

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

These six participants have been selected as the winners of this year’s Youth 4 German Cinema competition and constitute the 2019-2020 Youth 4 German Cinema jury. They chose Sarah Winkenstette’s feature directorial debut “Too Far Away” (“Zu weit weg”) as this year’s winning film. It is a story of the friendship between Ben and Tariq, a young Syrian refugee, who both lost their homes.

Oscar-winner Caroline Link’s “All About Me” (“Der Junge muss an die frische Luft”), the coming-of-age film based on the autobiographic novel by German comedian Hape Kerkeling, garnered the jury’s runner-up award.

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Attention, film enthusiasts! We proudly present the five wonderful short films of this season’s Youth 4 German Cinema jury. The short films were produced in the context of the 24th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival 2020 under the supervision of filmmaker Lindsay Gauthier, and they cinematographically reflect the experiences of the jury made at the festival.

Aranza Fabiola Álvarez Tahuilán
Short film

Kseniya Finchenko
Short film

Lily Jiang
Short film

Ximena Montserrat Trujillo Mejia
Short film

Whitney Williams
Short film

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PHOTO ALBUMS

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
Open Album

2018: "My Brother Simple" with Director Markus Goller and Actor Frederick Lau
Open Album

2017: "Hanna's Sleeping Dogs" with Producer Fritjof Hohagen
Open Album

2016: "The Spiderweb House" with Director Mara Eibl-Eibesfeldt
Open Album

2015: "Run Boy Run" with Director Pepe Danquart
Open Album

2014: "Windstorm" with Director Katja von Garnier
Open Album

SHORT FILMS

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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