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2018-2019 Program
Youth 4 German Cinema

The 2018-2019 season of Youth 4 German Cinema (Y4GC) marks the sixth year of this special program that brings together young film enthusiasts in vivid appreciation of German cinema, language, and culture.


Apply now for your chance to come to San Francisco to attend our 23rd Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in March 2019, engage with industry professionals, walk the red carpet, present the 2018-2019 Youth 4 German Cinema Awards, lead an onstage Q&A, and engage in insightful filmmaking workshops with industry talents.

Deadline: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM (Pacific Time)

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 2018-2019 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

2015: "Run Boy Run" with Director Pepe Danquart 

2014: "Windstorm" with Director Katja von Garnier