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Festival 2021 Partners & Sponsors

Presenting Partner:
Goethe-Institut San Francisco

Premiere Sponsors:
Grants for the Arts
Excelsior German Center

Signature Sponsors:
German Films
German Film Office

Special Thanks:
Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture

Patron Sponsors:
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in San Francisco
Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco
German International School of Silicon Valley

Supporting Sponsors & Partners:
United Swiss Societies of Northern California Cultural Committee
Goethe Pop Up Seattle
Summer Design Studio
Barak Shrama Photography

Community Outreach Partners:
California Film Institute
Cinema Italia San Francisco
Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival
German American Business Association Northern California Chapter
German Honorary Consul in Honolulu
Jewish Film Institute
Representative of German Business (GACC West)
San Francisco Greek Film Festival

About Berlin & Beyond

Now in its 25th anniversary 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: