Contest “Youth 4 German Cinema”


YOUTH 4 GERMAN CINEMA 2019-2020 PROGRAM

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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.

The short films produced by the jury under the supervision of Lindsay Gauthier will soon be published on this website.

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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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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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 2020-2021 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.

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
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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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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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