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Cult Film Festival Returns with swede fest™ palm beach 6 (the sixiest!)

Cult Film Festival Returns with swede fest™ palm beach 6 (the sixiest!)

Palm Beach Film Society seeks hilariously bad remakes of Hollywood hits for March 24 festival at Kelsey Theater

LAKE PARK, Fla. (December 28, 2017) Calling all movie fans! It’s back! The #1 film festival that refuses to take itself seriously returns with swede fest™ palm beach 6, the “sixiest” swede fest to date! Once again honoring bad remakes of Hollywood hits, the underground festival takes place at the Kelsey Theater in Lake Park, with an entertainment-packed after party next door at the Brewhouse Gallery. The wildly popular, sell-out event showcases laughably bad, 3 minute remakes of Hollywood hits made by amateur filmmakers throughout Palm Beach County.  This year’s showcase of ‘bad films made by good people’ is presented by the Palm Beach Film Society on March 24, 2018 from 7 pm to 9 pm at 700 Park Avenue, Lake Park.

But what is a “swede?” Based on the movie, “Be Kind, Rewind,” a “swede” is a no-budget, hilarious remake of a Hollywood film which spawned an underground sweding craze and resulted in the first swede fest™ in Fresno, Calif. Next came swede fest™ tampa bay, then swede fest™ palm beach in 2012. Picture “Twister” filmed using balled up paper towels; “The Fast and the Furious” reenacted using children’s Big Wheels – these are only a few examples of the hundreds of films submitted the past four years. Perfect “short attention span theater,” each film is maxed out at 3 minutes, meaning that as “so-bad-it’s-good” as the film may be, another one is soon to appear.

The audience votes on the best/worst film made, which could win bragging rights for the future (or not) filmmaker, and a special grand prize. Additional award prizes will also be given for overall epic-ness. It is completely free to enter a swede, and selected films will receive a complimentary ticket for the director. The evening event will once again be emceed by the hilarious improv group Cheese & Crackers. Even if you don’t have a film submitted, seeing the filmmakers dressed in their versions of “Hollywood bizarre” is worth the admission price, which is a mere $12 per person in advance, or $15 at the door.

All films must be rated PG-13. Also, there is only one swede per film title, so no one will be stuck watching three remakes of “The Last Jedi” (What happened, Luke???). Those looking to enter can email their chosen title to info@swedefestpalmbeach.com. Films must be completed and sent by March 1. Updates on film titles are posted to the swede fest™ palm beach Facebook page, and rules and details are located at www.swedefestpalmbeach.com.

Tickets may be purchased at www.kelseytheater.com. The event is completely volunteer run, and individuals and businesses looking to become a sponsor can email info@swedefestpalmbeach.com or call Elizabeth Dashiell during working hours at 561-543-8276 to learn about the many ways they can gain shameless amounts of exposure to hundreds of all-ages residents. Swede fest™ palm beach 6 is currently sponsored by the Palm Beach Film Society and Alchemy Communications in cultural partnership with the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission.

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Media Contact:
Elizabeth Dashiell
palmbeachpr@yahoo.com
561-543-8276

 

 

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swede fest™ palm beach 4 Puts the Fun(ny) Back Into Filmmaking on October 10 at The Palm Beaches Theatre

swede fest™ palm beach 4 Puts the Fun(ny) Back Into Filmmaking on October 10 at The Palm Beaches Theatre

Line-up promises another year of fantastically “bad movies made by good people”

The Goonies Batsweded

The Goonies Batsweded

The swedes are coming in, and organizers for this year’s swede fest™ palm beach 4 say audience members won’t be disappointed in the selection of “bad movies made by good people.” The hilarious, amateur film festival showcases 3-minute “remakes” of Hollywood hits on Saturday, October 10 at The Palm Beaches Theatre. Tickets are available in advance at Eventbrite.com for the “odd” price of $12.65, or $15 cash-only at the door that night. The evening begins with a mock red-carpet arrival at 6:30 pm featuring filmmakers dressed in their directorial finest enjoying a cash bar and photo op. The hit improv group Cheese & Crackers will emcee the screenings which start at 7:30 pm. An after party with food and drink specials takes place at Plaza del Mar’s Basil’s Bar Italian Cuisine offering reduced drink and food prices for swede fest™ palm beach 4 ticket stub holders.

Based on the movie, Be Kind, Rewind,” a “swede” is a no-budget, hilarious remake of a Hollywood film which spawned an underground sweding craze and resulted in the first swede fest™ in Fresno, Calif. Next came swede fest™ tampa bay, then swede fest™ palm beach in 2012. The list of submitted film titles this year include:  Inside Out, Avengers/Thor, Into the Woods, Frozen, Pugnado, Cars, Sleeping Beauty, The Dark Knight, Goonies, Sound of Music, Shaun of the Dead, Harvey, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Jurassic World, 127 “Snaps”, Aliens, Zoolander, Star Wars, and The Fast and the Furious.

Aliens sweded

Aliens sweded

The audience votes on the best/worst film made, which could win bragging rights for the future (or not) filmmaker, and a special grand prize of a fabulous, luxury stay at Crane’s Beach House in Delray Beach. Other prizes will be given for swede fest™ specialty awards (i.e. Best Use of Paper Towels, Most Blatant Exploitation of One’s Own Children, etc.) Yes, these have been actual awards.

All films are rated G to PG-13. All the necessary rules and submission details can be found on this website or by calling 561-543-8276 during business hours. The Palm Beaches Theatre is located at 262 South Ocean Boulevard. swede fest™ palm beach 4 is currently sponsored in-kind by the Palm Beach International Film Festival, Palm Beach Film Society and The Alchemy Group.

www.swedefestpalmbeach.com or by calling 561-543-8276 during business hours. The Palm Beaches Theatre is located at 262 South Ocean Boulevard. swede fest™ palm beach 4 is currently sponsored in-kind by the Palm Beach International Film Festival, Palm Beach Film Society and The Alchemy Communications Group.


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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 info@swedepalmbeach.com 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.

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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

WEB: http://ddinstitute.com

FACEBOOK: DigitalDomainInstitute


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