2022 Festival

The 26th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, America’s premier annual celebration of contemporary German cinema, is slated for March 11-16, 2022.

We are following the current COVID-19 Pandemic mandates and measures to determine how we proceed with our festival programming. The 2022 festival press conference is currently planned for the last week of February 2022. All films, programs, and any modification will be announced by then.

Job Opportunities

The festival is seeking applications for the following seasonal positions. Interviews will be held throughout January 2022. Additional positions may be available and will be posted on this website and our social media:

Operations Manager
Volunteer Manager

Youth 4 German Cinema 2022

Our youth jury and field trip program – Youth 4 German Cinema (Y4GC), produced in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut’s Step Into German program – is seeking students from across the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean (ages 14-18) to participate in the ninth annual program. 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 festival. Six applicants will be selected. Applications available in English, German, French, and Spanish. Deadline for Application: January 25, 2022 at 10:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time). Click here for details.

About Berlin & Beyond

Now in its 26th season, the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival is an annual tradition for San Francisco, and has been a cultural gateway for the American public to experience the present movement of German cinema, while capturing the diversity and progress of German-speaking countries, and celebrating the universal spirit, artistic expression, and vision of filmmakers.

As a 501(c)(3) California nonprofit organization, Berlin & Beyond relies on the direct financial support and advocacy of our community of sponsors, partners, donors, and members. Your financial support enables the festival to produce the largest and leading festival of contemporary German cinema in the Americas.

Among our  7,000-8,000 annual attendees are over 1,200 students from across the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California who participate in our Youth 4 German Cinema program. With our audience base, not only do we attract the German speakers or those in the German-American community, but we draw from the greater cultured public of the San Francisco Bay Area, particularly those interested in international and arthouse cinema.

Through our layered, mutual benefits program, our sponsors, whether from the business community or from the non-profit field, are able to highlight their brands and initiatives while partnering to underwrite the local premieres of major international films and foster the attendance of film talents at Berlin & Beyond.

Our community partners collaborate with us in presenting profound narrative films and documentaries that align with their causes and empower their mission.

Also, during past editions that included in-person events, purveyors of specialized foods and beverages were able to partake and showcase their delectable products at our social events and receptions.

If you are interested in supporting Berlin & Beyond, please email Festival Director Sophoan Sorn: berlinbeyond@gmail.com



Dear friends, we are calling on you to help us during this challenging time. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic difficulties continue to unfold, your financial support is needed to help ensure continuity of vivid film and interactive programs for our 26th season and beyond. Berlin & Beyond is a San Francisco-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on the financial support of our local community. Your donation is fully tax-deductible, and we are grateful for your support in any amount. Thank you.