Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DEADLINE for Film Trip to San Franciso Contest: Make Film of your Comments To Apply

Youth 4 German Cinema Program 2014-15
Attention Young Movie Fans! 

The Goethe-Institut’s Step Into German program and the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival are seeking students from across the US, Canada and Mexico (ages 13-18) to participate in the second annual program of Youth 4 German Cinema.

This offers the opportunity for young people with an interest in German arts and culture to come to San Francisco and be part of the 19th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in January 2015.

Eight applicants will be selected.    
Application is pasted here below.  (Colorful 4-page application in it's original is  HERE  Click 2nd image..follow text.)

Before the Film Festival

Participants will join together to form the Youth 4 German Cinema jury. They will screen selected German films online (with English subtitles) at their nearest Goethe-Institut, engage in discussions, and choose two films to  be shown at the festival.

During the Film Festival Participants will:

• Make a short film at the Youth 4 German Cinema Camp with a guest filmmaker. This film will screen at the festival and online on the Goethe-Institut youth portal Step Into German.
• Present the Youth 4 German Cinema Awards and speak onstage with a filmmaker from the winning film.
• Go behind-the-scenes of North America’s largest festival of contemporary German movies, and meet with filmmakers, actors and industry pros.
• Attend master classes by film arts professionals.
Walk the red carpet at the festival.
• Visit one of the world’s most exciting cities: San Francisco.

Participation in this program will not only make a great addition on the student's resumes and college applications, but it will allow students to learn the fundamentals of film analysis, film production, and how to network and make connections for future endeavors.

Important Dates

Deadline for Application: November 10, 2014 at 12 Noon (Pacific Standard Time)
Participants Announced: November 14, 2014
Screening Period for Films: November 17-December 5, 2014
Stay in San Francisco: January 28-February 1, 2015
Travel and Accommodation  A very exclusive and grand opportunity: 
Each participant will be provided roundtrip airfare 
to San Francisco, accommodation, and food.

Youth 4 German Cinema
Step One - Written Application (Due: November 10, 2014 at Noon)

Applicant Information

Today’s Date: ____________________
Full Name: ______________________________________________________
Date of Birth: ____________________________________________________
School: ________________________________________ Grade:___________
Email: __________________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Name: ___________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Email: ___________________________________________
Home Address: __________________________________________________
City, State, Zip: __________________________________________________
Country (circle one): USA Canada Mexico
Emergency Information:
Contact Name: __________________________________________________
Relation: ________________________________________________________
Phone #1: ________________________ Phone #2: _____________________

Parent/Guardian Consent

Please note that applications will not be accepted without express written consent of the applicant's
Parent/Guardian. While juries are shown age appropriate films, the festival must inform parents/guardians that some films may contain mature subject matter. Titles and descriptions will be divulged when available and any reservations based on content of films may be discussed with the festival administration at any time. Also, please note that food and transportation to/from any screening and/or festival-related event will not be provided. If chosen, the student must provide his/her own transportation to all events.

As parent/guardian of (print name)__________________________________ I am aware of his/her application for the Youth 4 German Cinema Jury, and consent to his/her involvement, if selected.
Parent/Guardian Name:_________________________Signature:____________________________

Step Two - Video Application (Due: November 10, 2014 at Noon)
Record a video of yourself to answer both questions below:

A. Tell us about yourself and why you want to participate. (1-2 minutes)
B. Watch and critique one of these short films. (2-3 minutes)
             Tell us what you think about the story, 
             the actors, artistic elements, 
             and why should people see it or not see it.

 • Film Choice #1: Toyland (Spielzeugland) - Directed by Jochen Alexander Freydank

1942: what happens when a German kid believes that his Jewish neighbors are going to Toyland? A beautiful and moving story about lies and guilt. SFJFF is proud to present the 2009 Academy Award Winner for Best Live Action Short Film as our free online short for the month of February. Directed by Jochen Alexander Freydank
• Film Choice #2: Dufte - Directed by Ingo Rasper

At the height of the cold war in the divided country of Germany, several individuals try to smuggle 'real' coffee from West Berlin into East Germnany via train, despite the erstwhile efforts of security guards trying to prevent them doing so.

We accept video applications in English, French and Spanish.

Step Three - Submitting Your Application   IMPORTANT:

• Email completed written application to

• Upload your video to our dropbox at

- Title your video file with your full name.
- Include your full name and the words “Application 2014” in the subject line.

For more information on the 19th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival (January 29-February 3, 2015, taking place mainly at the Castro Theatre), visit   (Live link above works faster - rsb)

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