Just published! - See our bumper newsletter here for a report on the last 3 years, with lots of pictures.


 GTA launches Filmfest 2024 - booking now open!

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3 great films! See all or any of them.

Admission FREE

See full details here






 Short Film Competition for Schools 2023     Freiburg winners announced!
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Our Short film competition for Schools in Freiburg was

won by a pair of talented girls this year. 


Watch their mysterious interview with a time traveller here. 


Winners Julia Luzot and Julia Obrecht of Freiburg's

Deutsch-Französisches-Gymnasium, received their prizes

from Stadtrat (City Councillor) Timothy Simms. 






German Christmas market in the Guildhall and Short Film Competition for Schools 2023

We kicked off December with two events, both great fun, supported by the Mayor and a cheerful gingerbread lady.

German Christmas market 

Mayor demonstrates Gingerbread house photo spot 


 We sold gifts, wooden toys, bakery, Glühwein...


....and these specially-designed mugs

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The brief:  make a 2-minute film in German, topic 'Ein Interview mit...'

Winners: Lizzie Johnson, Daisy Usherwood, Caspar Noble and Felix Newton

with Judges: Professor Susan Pratt of Surrey University and Cllr Masuk Miah, Mayor of Guildford.

See the winning films here.


(The Freiburg winners of their competition will be announced later.)













Blooming Picnic in the Castle grounds

Picnic Castle 2023 HookaduckHook-a-duck was very popular. Picnic Castle 2023 Mayor Chair The Mayor visited our stall.


We took a stall at this popular annual outdoor family event, providing activites for the kids and talking twinning to their parents.


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AGM held via Zoom

Logo 2 with 1979 banner  Guildford's new Mayor, Cllr Masuk Miah, chaired the meeting.  Members took the opportunity to review the GTA's (and its Committee's) progress and to review finances, but did not take the opportunity to offer themselves for election to the Committee.... 


GTA Filmfest a great success

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We screened three German films, with English subtitles, each one with a specialist academic introduction, and all FREE of charge! On University of Surrey campus.  A pioneering silent comedy, a drama mystery thriller and a sci-fi romcom - all fabulous!   

This was a free event held on Wednesday 10 May 2023. Some serious film buffs came to all three films, others picked out one or two.


The Deputy German Ambassador and the Mayor of Guildford came to dinner

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The Mayor, the Chair & the Deputy Ambassador

On Tuesday evening GTA members held their annual dinner in the Guildhall, with guests including Rüdiger Bohn, the Deputy Ambassador, and Cllr Dennis Booth, our Mayor. The meal was catered by Not Just Hummus (from the V Café at the Guildford Institute), and a serious touch of elegance was added by music performed by a string quartet from Guildford High School.  A great evening!

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Know TV's Babylon Berlin

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 Niall Sellar, translator of the books from the original German, gave our FREE Spring public lecture: "Volker Kutscher: a translator's story" last month. Neil talked about the different aspects of translation eg "domestication" vs "foreignisation" and explained the choices he made and makes in his ongoing collaboration with this successful author. To see our video of the talk, click on the image.


Winners announced for our Short Film competition for schools 2022! - You can see all the winning films here.

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 Stadtrat (City Councillor) Timothy Simms awards first prizes to the team from Lessing Realschule, Freiburg, in Freiburg's historic Gerichtslaube. 

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Mayor Cllr Dennis Booth awards first prizes to the St Catherine's team (Category B - yrs 12 & 13) in Guildford's historic Guildhall.



The Mayor awards first prizes to the Guildford High School team (Category A - yrs 7-11)




Joint runner-up, the George Abbot team (a girl and her dog) (Category A - yrs 7-11)


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Joint runner-up, the Tormead team (Category A - yrs 7-11)


First prizes went to teams from Lessing Realschule (Category 1), St Catherine's School (category B) and Guildford High School (category A).

Joint runners-up were teams from George Abbot and Tormead Schools in  Guildford.