Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wir rappen über unsere Stadt: Fayette

Lustig, was?

OK Judith:  Hier sind sie schon wieder!  


  1. Make a video that is not longer than 3 minutes. You can work alone or with your friends. If your video is a team effort, two team members will be awarded prizes – which means: two students will get to go to Hamburg, if that team wins the Grand Prize.
  2. Upload your video to YouTube.
  3. Send an email to  with a link to the video so we can watch it.
  4. Do this before the submission deadline of 11:59 EST, April 15, 2014.
  5. We will upload the top 20 videos to our Step into Germanwebsite.  The Step into German jury, consisting of jurors from the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) and the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, will pick these 20 videos. The jury’s decision will be based on the video’s originality, creativity and interpretation of the theme. The production value will be a minor factor in the jury’s selection process.
  6. And now the fun starts! Get voted on by your classmates. Let your Facebook friends know about the contest. Tweet about your video. There are many ways to get people to vote for you. (Details about the voting process to follow.)
  7. The five top vote-getters will make it to the final round. The members of “Tonbandgerät” will determine the Grand Prize winner.


Don't worry if you've never made a video before. Your clip doesn’t need to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be slick, but it should be uniquely yours! And it's perfectly okay to make your video a team effort. 

Here are some ideas for your video

  • Write your own song about Hamburg
  • Make a video based on a “Tonbandgerät” song
  • Interview some former “Hamburgers”
  • Explore why Hamburg is called “The Gateway to the World”
  • Portray the Hamburger SV or FC St. Pauli, two of Germany’s greatest soccer teams…
These are just some of our ideas. Surprise us with some of yours! Be creative and funny. Give the video your personal touch. 

You can find a short introduction to Hamburg on “Step into German”

But there are so many more resources on the web that will help you with the project. Especially useful is the official Hamburg travel website

Suitable Music and Photos
Music: & 

Photos: Comprehensive images can be found You can use these photos in the contest. 

Otherwise, look for photos that are available for download under a Creative Commons license (go to Google Images—Options—Advanced Search—Usage rights—“free to use or share”). 

You can always, of course, contact the artist for permission to use his/her work in the contest. 

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