Contest “Youth 4 German Cinema”


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2018 will mark the fifth anniversary season of the Youth 4 German Cinema (Y4GC) program, organized by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco’s Language Department, Berlin & Beyond Film Festival and the North American youth portal Step Into German.

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: Sofia Kajzer, Lea Pailassard
  • Mexico: Erick Cardona
  • USA: Liam Arnold, Dean Gelling, Elizabeth Wood


Application Deadline: Nov. 10, 2017
Participants Announced: Nov. 17, 2017
Screening Period for Films: Nov. 20 - Dec. 4, 2017
Winning Films Announced: Dec. 5, 2017
Attend the Festival: Feb. 8 - 11, 2018


Youth 4 German Cinema was designed to give high-school-age students input into the workings of an international film festival. Its 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 2017-2018 will offer high-school-aged 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 film camp; 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.

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