Category Archives: Borland Center of Performing Arts

First Press

First Press

So, we’re in the April issue of the Palm Beach Film Commission’s Focus on Film newsletter, which we think is very cool:

Focus on Film/PBCFTC articleWant to read the whole newsletter? Well, here you go…

PB FILM FEST_April14Newsletter


We Recommend Reservations

We Recommend Reservations
Would you want to play Woody?

Would you want to play Woody?

The emails are streaming in for SWEDE FEST PALM BEACH 3, and we have absolutely no reservations about prompting you to call make a reservation. Here’s what your fellow filmmakers have already reserved for their swedes:

  • Toy Story
  • Casablanca
  • Raising Arizona
  • Tremors
  • Specific Rim (a parody of Pacific Rim, in case you didn’t figure that out)
  • Twilight
  • War of the Worlds
  • Mean Girls
  • White Chicks
  • Desperado-Robocop Sweded
  • Castaway
  • Rocky III

With just over 3 months left to submit, that’s already 12 films under wraps and unavailable to swede. If you don’t want another director to swipe your scene, email us now at and include the following information:

  • swede FILM TITLE
  • Your full name
  • Your age
  • Your email address
  • Your city
  • Whether you have submitted a swede before (Y/N)
  • Name for the free ticket if your film is selected in the theatre (More than one director? Rock, paper, scissors is recommended for who gets the freebie.)

The entry deadline is Wednesday, July 9 at 11:59 PM. After you submit your stroke of genius, start gathering your garb because you’ll walk the red carpet at 7PM on Saturday, August 2. This festive festival of films will once again be held at The Borland Center for Performing Arts.

We’ll keep you inundated with additional info throughout this entire production, as well as continue to provide reservation updates. If you’d like to be a part of the action, call dibs now. After all, there’s not too much in Hollywood that’s free, people.


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.

For more information, email us at

Follow SWEDE FEST™ PALM BEACH 3 on Twitter (#swedefestpb) or “like” us on Facebook


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


Deets for swede fest™ 3 palm beach

Deets for swede fest™ 3 palm beach

Now, in case you had the mistaken impression that the headline indicates we can tell you EVERYTHING you might want to know about swede fest™ 3 palm beach, let’s be clear: It’s a date and a deadline, and time and a location. It’s early days here, people.

WHAT: swede fest™ 3 palm beach
WHERE: Midtown’s Borland Center for Performing Arts
WHEN: Saturday, August 2, 2014, doors open at 6:00 PM, festival starts at 7:00 PM
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM

We’ll be back soon with ticket prices, pre-event and after-party info, the submission guidelines, and some new stuff we’re still cooking up. We’ll even try to have the new logo done soon, but don’t hold your breath or anything. And does anyone actually use that as a strategy?


Sweders Make NATIONAL News

Sweders Make NATIONAL News

Two days. 58 hours. 3,480 minutes, give or take. That’s all that’s left until SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH gets underway at 7:00 PM this Saturday, July 27. Online ticket sales end at noon tomorrow, and there’s a good chance we’ll sell out and there won’t be any available for people who thought they could just stroll in and pay at the door.

a still from the swede of GHOST

Dig those Patrick Swayze-style abs on the Lego version of 1990s weeper GHOST

Don’t let that be you.

WOW!!! The Los Angeles Times published an article about SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH, interviewing our intrepid festival organizer, Belle Forino! Now THAT’S how we do publicity here at SF2PB HQ. And that’s the “royal we,” since our crack publicist, Elizabeth Dashiell, is the one who really deserves the credit for our terrific press coverage.

Scott Simmons over at Florida Weekly interviewed the team that sweded one of the most recognizable romantic moments of the Nineties, the pottery wheel scene from Ghost. Their twist? Subbing in Lego costumes for Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. Read the whole enchilada over here. And dig that punny headline.

Other recent cool press: Palm Beach Illustrated and

We have almost 40 films to screen Saturday night, and you get to help pick the Audience Favorite. One lucky sweder (or swede team) will win professional editing software courtesy of our presenting sponsor, Mainstreet at Midtown. There will be plenty of other awards, too, and then the festivities move over to Cantina Laredo for the after party. They’ll be offering drink specials for those holding SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH tickets.

The doors of the Borland Center for Performing Arts will open at 6:30. We’ll have lots of stuff going on in the lobby before the screening, including the film crew from New Vision Productions, DJ Victor Russo, cocktails  and other drinkables from Potions in Motion, gourmet coffee and munchies from Oceana Coffee, swag tables from Florida Weekly, Yelp! and, and more.



The Big 10

The Big 10

Ten days. That’s it.

Swede-makers from the inaugural swede fest palm beach in 2012

Swede-makers from the inaugural SWEDE FEST PALM BEACH. They're back again this year!

SWEDE FEST™ 2 PALM BEACH is on Saturday, July 27th at 7:00 PM at The Borland Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $5 right now online, $8 for the VIP package (ticket + cool commemorative lanyard/badge combo). Tix will be $6 cash at the door. We sold out last year, so waiting until the night of is a calculated risk.

While you spend the next ten days working on the splendor of your threads for this wicked spiffy occasion, we’ll be watching the submissions, readying the awards, harassing the directors for the names of their “plus ones,” printing programs, fielding calls and emails, dusting off the step-and-repeat, and generally trying to dial back the insanity that ensues in the lead-up to this event.

Gotta run; we have a date with a big roll of red carpet…