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Stuff You’ll Want to Know.

Stuff You’ll Want to Know.

Hey there. It’s time to start thinking about the third annual swede fest, boasting the ever-so-original name of SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3. Feeling all Fellini? Submit an entry until 11:59 PM on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Not so much? Then come watch the swedes at 7:00 PM on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at The Borland Center for Performing Arts, located on Mainstreet at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens.  The lobby doors open at 6:00 PM.

But wait, you cry! What are the rules? The fees? Who’s in charge? Why is this happening?

We’ll start at the beginning.

We want YOU!


First, there was a little cinematic gem called Be Kind, Rewind. It starred Jack Black and Mos Def. It was kinda ho-hum, but it contained the seeds that would grow into a cult phenomenon. Yes, this film is responsible for the existence of the swede (n. laughably bad remake of a Hollywood film, so named because it sounds European and nouvelle vague). It is therefore like a grandparent to the swede fest.


Lest you think SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3 is nothing more than an amateur free-for-all, we have RULES and SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. Email us ASAP to reserve your film, because we only want one of everything. Once you call dibs on your movie, start calling in favors, because you’ll need a cast and a location — even if that turns out to be you, your BF, and your dog in the backyard. A little planning never hurt.

Keep your swede under 3 minutes. Embrace its amateur nature. The bigger the original film’s budget, plus the less you spend on your swede, equals comedy gold. Make it the equivalent of PG-13, even if you’re sweding Pulp Fiction. Work creatively around cussing, nekkidness, and other grown-up stuff since SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3 is open to all ages.

It’s free to enter a film in SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3. Tickets to the festival are $8 online – we’ll let you know as soon as they go on sale here.

If you enter a film, you receive one free ticket. Tempting, no?

Plus, the audience votes for its favorite swede in both under- and over-18 categories and we award prizes.  And because this is such a spectacularly popular event, we’re showcasing 24 swedes in the theatre the night of the festival; the remaining swedes will play in the lobby.

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SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3 is the only film festival of its kind in Southeast Florida.  This year, we’re happy to announce that we’re allowing sponsor participation for the first time. The festival receives enormous audience participation, has a substantial viral following on social media, and will provide its sponsors major visibility in front of 500 amateur filmmakers, their families, and friends on the night of the festival. Sponsorship levels range from $250 to $1,000.  For more information, email


We Have Some Reservations…

We Have Some Reservations…
A director's still from this year's "Point Break" swede.

A director's still from this year's "Point Break" swede.

We have some reservations…for SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH, about which we have NO reservations. It’s going to be even more fun that last year!  The list of films upon which your peers have called dibs has grown. We now have the following movies slated to make an appearance…

  • Titantic
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Super Troopers
  • Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Starship Troopers
  • Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
  • Goodfellas
  • Back to the Future
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Dead Man Down
  • Point Break
  • They Live
  • The Exorcist
  • The Shining
  • Shrek
  • Tron
  • Ghost
  • Alien
  • Ted
A still from this year's "Super Troopers" swede. Nice outfit...

A still from this year's "Super Troopers" swede. Nice outfit...

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, July 9th at 11:59PM. The festival is on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 7:00PM at last year’s comfy venue (where every seat is a great set), The Borland Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale here, and they’re $5 in advance, $8 in advance for a VIP Ticket that includes our highly coveted SF2PB lanyard. You can buy you advance-price tickets until noon on Friday, July 26th. After that, it’s $6 cash at the door and $4 cash for a lanyard (if we have any left).

We’ll keep you updated on what films are reserved and unavailable for you to swede. If you have any aspirations (heh, now that’s pretty funny) toward making a swede for this year’s festival, reserve it now. Or you could be very disappointed and have to completely rethink your concept. Because they never have to do THAT in Hollywood.




SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH Announces New Emcees!

SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH Announces New Emcees!

But seriously's The Jove Comedy Experience.

But seriously's The Jove Comedy Experience.

SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH has new emcees for our renegade amateur film festival, since we had to gracefully bow out of our original date in order for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics to get decent ratings for NBC. They paid a LOT of money for this exclusive, and who are we to siphon off their audience on the very first broadcast.

Big of us, yes?

And even bigger is THE JOVE COMEDY EXPERIENCE, our new emcees for the festive night o’swedes, now FRIDAY, AUGUST 3rd, at 7:00 PM at the Borland Center for Performing Arts at Midtown. Granted, it’s not Sundance, Slamdance, or even the White River Independent Film Festival (that’s in Vermont, population 2500). There won’t be an celebrities (except in their own minds), overseas distributors looking to write checks, or paparazzi (unless you count parents with Canon SureShots), but there will be plenty of entertainment in the finest sense, because swedes are just funny, even if the film being sweded is dead serious.

The evening will be even more entertaining with emcees THE JOVE COMEDY EXPERIENCE. And just who are these highly gifted comedic talents? Frank and Jesse.

Oh, you want to know more? Okay, fine.The Jove is “Florida’s Funniest Improvisation and Sketch Comedy.” They take comedy seriously! Thus is the motto of The Jove, a creation of Frank Licari, Jesse Furman, and a third funny guy who is on hiatus while teaching at a college in St. Louis. The goal of The Jove is to provide a professional, unique, and hilarious comedy experience based on sketch and live improv.

When see The Jove, they want you to feel that you were part of an experience, and that you witnessed something you had never seen before. Their mix of sketch, improvisation, music, and video will hopefully leave you excited about the possibilities of live theater. If they don’t live up to their goal, let them know…and heads will roll! Because they take comedy seriously…very seriously!

That's Frank on the left, and Jesse on the right -- but we have no idea about their politics.

That's Frank on the left, and Jesse on the right -- but we have no idea about their politics.

FRANK LICARI (Founder/Performer/Director) is a 20-year veteran professional actor, musician, and director with a Certificate in Theater from The American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York. A member of the Obie and Drama Desk award-winning show “Blue Man Group” for close to three years, he also performed in over 70 stage plays in New York, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, and Florida. His TV credits include hosting the upcoming reality TV show Recreating A LegendLaw & Order, and CBS’s short-lived Dellaventura starring Danny Aiello. His film work was featured at the New York, Los Angeles, Breckenridge, Brooklyn, and Milan International Film Festivals. His last film House of Heartbreak won “Best Short Film” at The Palm Beach International Film Festival, and just premiered at The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. His previous film, The Fallen – Letters From The Dead won “Best Picture” at The Milan and Brooklyn International Film Festivals and is available through Hollywood Video and Netflix. Frank is also an award-winning director and playwright and has won The Sears Drama Festival and Village Gate One-Act Festival (NYC). He is the owner/founder/artistic director of Atlantic Arts Academy and The Atlantic Theater in Jupiter, Florida for the past 11 years. Frank is also an accomplished singer and musician, playing piano, bass guitar, guitar and percussion. Some of his work has been featured on WFNX Radio, Boston’s #1 alternative radio station. Frank has toured upstate New York and Ontario Canada with his music and has performed at Fleet Center in Boston and at Sunfest 2005 & 2006 with The Jeff Harding Band. Frank is a proud member of  The Screen Actor’s Guild adb the Actor’s Equity Association. His upcoming 2012 projects include two new TV Pilots, a feature-length film, and directing a brand-new up- and-coming Broadway musical entitled Greenwood.

JESSE FURMAN (Founder/Performer/Director) has been an acting instructor with Atlantic Arts Academy for the past eight years. His acting credits include six years with The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, the Spotlite Players, and five years with Northstage.

Over the last eight years he had the privilege to assistant direct and perform with The Atlantic Theater, appearing in Misery as Paul Sheldon, A Christmas Carol as Jacob Marley and as Huey in Italian American Reconciliation. His film credits include roles as Frank Drevin in Scary Tales 2, and as Prowler in Christian Soldiers and a lead role in the feature film Film Contest? Jesse lives happily with his wife Jen, his son Miles, and a farm’s worth of animals.

Now you have even more reasons to buy your tickets to SWEDE FEST PALM BEACH today. Just $5, or be a big spender and spring for the $8 VIP Ticket and Limited-Edition Laminate Badge on a Lanyard, and look like a major big shot. Tickets are available for purchase online — the VIP Package is only available through midnight on July 20th — that’s this coming Friday. The regular $5 tickets are available through August 1st. After that, they’re $6 at the door. All the details are here.



Deadline for entries is at 11:59PM Friday night, July 20th. Yes, THIS FRIDAY. That’s it, peeps. Then all you can do is ATTEND swede fest™ palm beach and watch OTHER PEOPLE’S SWEDES. Wouldn’t that bite? Avoid all of this sturm und drang (you did study the post-war German oeuvre, yes?) and get your swede on already. All the submission info is right here, Herzog.



SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH Announces Collaboration with Hollywood Powerhouse DIGITAL DOMAIN

SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH Announces Collaboration with Hollywood Powerhouse DIGITAL DOMAIN

Amateur Film Festival Will Have ‘Audience Favorite Award’
Provided by The Digital Domain Institute


On Friday, July 27th, at 7:00PM, swede fest™ palm beach and The Digital Domain Institute are pairing up to recognize the most “original remakes” at this first annual amateur film festival. Hosted at the dining and shopping destination Mainstreet at Midtown, swede fest™ palm beach takes place in Palm Beach Gardens’ state-of-the-art theatre facility Borland Center of Performing Arts located at 4885 PGA Boulevard (just west of Military Trail). Tickets are $5.

BUT WHAT’S A SWEDE, YOU ASK? A “swede” is a no-budget, laughably bad remake of a Hollywood film. The term comes from the 2008 comedy, Be Kind Rewind, which started an underground sweding craze and resulted in the first swede fest™ in Fresno, CA. Next came swede fest™ tampa bay, and now Midtown is rolling out the very first swede fest™ palm beach.

Entries are open, and targeted to all students, film buffs, creative types, film lovers, and professionals, or simply anyone with any type of camera. It is free to enter a film but ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JULY 13th. The festival embraces the highly amateur nature of “sweding” while supporting creativity within the community.

“We have a vibrant film-making community here, and we wanted to tap into that creative group and bring them to Midtown. Obviously we’re ecstatic to have the DIGITAL DOMAIN INSTITUTE involved!” says Belle Forino, Marketing Coordinator for Mainstreet at Midtown.

There are a few RULES for the entries. Films must be under three minutes and PG-13, even if the “source material” is not. This means finding creative ways to get around violence, objectionable language, and nudity. Guidelines are on the swede fest™ palm beach website, along with example swedes such as The Breakfast Club, Wayne’s World, and Se7en.

The audience is encouraged to dress in their finest berets, cravats, safari vests, or other directorial cliché’s. Emcee for the evening will be LESLIE STREETER from the PALM BEACH POST.

For those interested in sweding a film, email to call dibs on your movie. Swede-makers are encouraged to embrace the amateur nature of sweding and opt to use found objects rather than spending any real money making these movies.


EVENT:   swede fest™ palm beach

AWARDS: Under 18 & Over 18 Audience Favorites

WHEN: Friday, July 27, 7:00 PM 

FILMS DUE: By July 13th

WHERE: Midtown’s Borland Center of Performing Arts
4885 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens FL 33418

WEB:   You’re already here

FACEBOOK: swedefestpalmbeach

Digital Domain


FACEBOOK: DigitalDomainInstitute


Call for Entries Open Through July 13th; Palm Beach Post’s Leslie Streeter to host swede fest™ palm beach on July 27th!

Call for Entries Open Through July 13th; Palm Beach Post’s Leslie Streeter to host swede fest™ palm beach on July 27th!


  • Leslie Streeter, entertainment columnist for The Palm Beach Post, will emcee swede fest™ palm beach’s big shindig on Friday, July 27, 2012.

Ever entertained the dream of being the next Steven Spielberg? The next QuentinTarantino? The next Ed Wood? Have we got an opportunity for you…whether you have mad skills or none at all, swede fest™ palm beach is the showcase for your shorts (that’s film-speak for a non-feature-length movie).


What is a sweded film, man?

Coined by the characters in the 2008 comedy, Be Kind Rewind,” a “swede” is a no-budget, laughably awful remake of a hit film using found objects; handheld camera work; amateur actors like your mom, your brother, or your dog; and a huge dose of hubris (look it up). The result should be 3 minutes (or less) of creative license with the source material that would make the original director laugh and cringe all at the same time.

Here’s an “schwinging” example of the art of the swede…

Swede: Wayne’s World from Swede Fest Tampa Bay on Vimeo.


SUBMISSION DATES:  Submit your swede April 1 through July 13, 2012

SWEDE FEST DATE:     Friday, July 27, 2012

WHERE: Midtown’s Borland Center for The Performing Arts
4801 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens
(just west of I-95 and Military Trail, on the north side)

COST: It’s free to enter your film


  • Student swedes (ages 10 through 17)
  • Adult swedes (ages 18 and up)
  • Sweded Movie Posters (open to all ages)
  • Audience Favorite Awards will be given at the conclusion of the screenings, with a very special swede fest™ palm beach trophy.

Brought to you by Midtown, which is obviously much hipper than you thought.