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Cult Film Festival Returns with swede fest™ palm beach 4 (even sweder!)

Cult Film Festival Returns with swede fest™ palm beach 4 (even sweder!)

Swede fest Palm Beach 4So, it’s on. The #1 film festival that refuses to take itself seriously returns with swede fest™ palm beach 4, and this year it’s even “sweder”! Why? Because it’s going underground, the way it all started. Following three sold-out years, swede fest™ palm beach 4 is happening thanks to the passion (read: possible insanity) of local fans who agreed to take it over from its original producer, Mainstreet at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens. The underground 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 International Film Festival and the Palm Beach Film Society on October 10 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Palm Beaches Theatre, located at 262 South Ocean Boulevard in Manalapan.

We have 17 film titles claimed already; we’ll only be screening a total of 20 films that night, so you need to bring your best game there, Skippy. They are, in no particular order…

Inside Out
Into the Woods
Pugnado (yes, that would be Sharknado with pugs)
Sleeping Beauty
The Dark Knight
Sound of Music
Dawn of the Dead
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Jurassic World

What’s 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 pottery scene from “Ghost” reenacted by giant Lego figures; or “Noah” filmed inside a community pool with a cast of teenagers – these are only a few examples of the more than fifty films submitted last year. 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. 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 $13 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 “Mad Max” (God help us all). Those looking to enter can email their chosen title to Films must be completed and sent by September 30. Updates on film titles are posted to the swede fest™ palm beach Facebook page, and rules and details are located on this website. The event is now completely volunteer run, and individuals and businesses looking to become a sponsor can email or call Elizabeth 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 4 is currently sponsored in-kind by the Palm Beach International Film Festival, Palm Beach Film Society, and Alchemy Communications Group.



It’s the Moment You’ve Been Waiting Fo(u)r!

It’s the Moment You’ve Been Waiting Fo(u)r!

Swede fest Palm Beach 4swede fest™ 4 is on! And this year it’s “sweeder” than ever! Why? Because we’re taking it underground and dirty, just like it was meant to be. Why dirty? Because swede-ers only have TWO MONTHS to get their masterpieces to us before the big night on October 10, 2015! Thanks to the awesome folks at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, we have a new home at the Palm Beaches Theatre in Manalapan. The theater has only 200 seats, which means we’ll likely be even more sold-out than ever! So limited time, limited seats, and limitless possibilities to make YOUR spoof of a Hollywood hit!

First time? We understand…

If you don’t know what a swede is, or what swede fest™ palm beach is about, please check out the helpful links we just provided. It’s okay, we’ll wait right here…

The rules this year are the same:

  • Reserve your title TODAY! Only one swede per film title is accepted. None of us want to watch six different videos of you crazy filmmakers strapped to your Hyundai swedeing Mad Max: Fury Road, so first person to reserve that title gets it. Once you call dibs, your film MUST be sent to us by SEPTEMBER 30! Check out the submission rules for the sending instructions.
  • Swedes MUST be PG-13. Keep the nudity, profanity, and gratuitous violence to a minimum, or get creative with working around it. You can send them in rated R and we will probably enjoy watching it, but it won’t have a fudge-ball chance of being screened (see how we got around that)?
  • Keep it less than 3 minutes! We want your terrible films. We want to watch them and share their creative madness with the masses. The thing is, even bad films get worse after a while. And by “a while” we mean around 2:59. So if your film runs to 3:01, it’s going buh-bye. So be as creative with your editing as you are with your personal take on Captain America: Winter Soldier. Consider not crediting your friends who helped you or something. Just keep it under 3:00.


Swede fest™ palm beach 4 is happening because it’s one of the coolest events around, and a dedicated group of people volunteered to take it over. We couldn’t do it without the support of local businesses such as Alchemy Communications Group and the Palm Beach International Film Festival. If your business would like to join in as a sponsor or evening vendor, we want to hear from you! Tons of branding opportunities are available for very little money, which will get tons of exposure for your organization to a diverse age group. Contact Jeff at and he’ll tell you all the amazing ways we’ll get your name out there to the masses. We’ve got a 501(c)3 so every sponsorship or donation will be a nice write off, too. Score!

Don’t have the funds to donate, but have some time on your hands? Well, we need volunteers to help us for the next few months, and for that night for very little pay (actually, no pay, but we will try and feed you!). Just like in Hollywood. We’ll even give you a cool title like “key grip” or “craft services specialist” so you can really feel a part of the tinsel town excitement. Just contact Elizabeth at and begin your exciting journey into faux movie land!



They’re Here…

They’re Here…

No doubt sweders have been breathlessly waiting to find out which movies made the cut. Without further ado, here is the list of films that were chosen to make their debut at swede fest™ palm beach 3.

1992's iconic interrogation scene from "Basic Instinct." Imagine the sweded version. No, really.

They are in no particular order, and are not indicative of which swedes will be playing in the theatre, and which will  play in the lobby during the opening festivities. But every filmmaker has a free ticket, and you’ll want to bring your friends, family, and your cast and crew, so be sure to snatch up tix before we’re all sold out:

Basic Instinct, Jurassic Park, Insidious, To Have & Have Not, Jaws the REAL ending, Specific Rim (a parody of Pacific Rim), Pulp Fiction, Swe7en, Desperado, Robocop, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Mementos, Rocky 3, Office Space, The Goonies, Catching Fire, The Shining, Noah, Star Wars, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski,  Frozen, Her, Soul Plane, Spider-man, The Matrix, The Ring, Toy Story, Godzilla, How To Swede Your Dragon, Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Swedes, and Percy Jackson.

We may add a few more films to the line-up, as we’re still reviewing a few of the final entries (yes, there was begging involved, and we’re susceptible to abject flattery).

Emcees for the evening will be the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival’s comedic performers Wally Lurz, Krys Parker, Trent Stephens and Zach Myers, who plan to “swede the swede” with their own hilarious take on the movie that started it all: Be Kind, Rewind. The improv group promises amusing lampoons of Hollywood’s mediocre hit that spawned this whole tsunami of swedes, as well as fun interactions with the audience (with no swears or other inappropriate references, to the relief of parents everywhere).

Swede fest™ palm beach 3, sponsored by JFK Medical Center, rolls out the red carpet August 2 at the Borland Center of Performing Arts in Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens at 5:30 PM, and the swedes start rolling at 7:00 PM.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $9 cash only at the door (if we have any tickets left). Sponsorships and volunteer positions are still available for this see-and-be seen event. Check here to snatch up advance tickets, and check out the volunteer opportunities (which, we might note, come with a free general admission ticket). We still could use outside greeters, inside greeters/door openers, ticket helpers, ticket runners, ticket checkers, and VIP ushers.

For general information, to volunteer, and sponsorship opportunities:

CALL Mainstreet at Midtown’s Marketing Manager
Belle Forino 561.282.4623 or

Elizabeth Dashiell


Come stand over here with the cool people…

Come stand over here with the cool people…

That is, the cool people who put on this happening little shindig. We need volunteers to help out the night of  swede fest™ palm beach 3, and it could be you hangin’ with us on Saturday, August 2.

Here’s what you need to know before making a commitment — and don’t you wish life and commitments were ALWAYS this up front and lacking drama???

  • We’re in need of about 20 volunteers, ages 14 and up.
  • We need you from 4:00pm – 9:30pm (options to work a portion of the hours are available, too).
  • Jobs include: setting up before event, ticket collection, counting votes, etc.
  • Volunteers receive: A commemorative VIP lanyard/badge (this does not entitle you to a VIP seat, however), a free General Admission entry ticket to SFPB3, and pizza dinner.
  • For more information, email Belle Forino at
  • All volunteers must attend the 4:00pm Volunteer Briefing on the evening of the event.

We might note that volunteering is one way to guarantee your admission into SFPB3. The other way is to submit is a swede — and you are really cutting it close here, Mr./Ms. Scissorhands. Entry deadline is July 9th at 11:50 pm.

Third awesomest way to get into swede fest™ palm beach 3? BUY A TICKET, and buy it now. We’re closing sales of VIP tickets on Monday, July 7. That’s it. No more special seats, only General Admission. And WE SELL OUT, PEOPLE. Of all tickets. And when we have a few measly GA tickets left for sale the night of the show, it is a hot mess trying to separate you slackers from the nice people who bought their tickets online and are trying to pick them up at will-call while we collect your CASH. And it will be CASH ONLY, if there are any tickets left, and if not, you’ll have stood in line for no reason except to break a sweat, and feel all resentful, which is bad for your karma.



It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight…

It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight…
Rocky 3 sweded

The swede of "Rocky III". In case that's not obvious.

Do you hate us now that we’ve earwormed you with that fabulous song by Survivor? Because it immediately sprang into the collective consciousness here at swede fest™ palm beach 3 HQ, and it’s not pretty. But it was inevitable when we watched the Rocky III submission that just arrived. And for your viewing pleasure, we include a still from the swede, and one of the original promotional posters. Heh.

Tickets. They’re selling. Get yours soon, people. We give one free to every filmmaker who submits, you know that everyone related to that sweder and all his/her friends then buys a ticket, so where does that leave you? Possibly waiting in line the night of the event with a handful of crumpled dollar bills hoping for the best? We sold out the

Rocky III, for reals

last two years, and there’s no reason to think this year will be any different. Do you really want to be in your car, checking Facebook or Twitter to see the updates on whether there are any tickets left (this being done by your responsible passenger, of course, and not you), only to turn around and go home? Bummer of a Saturday night.

And to those of you who may be thinking it’s too late to swede: nope. Not so. You still have 13 days (provided you start today) to call dibs and roll film.  You’re only producing 3 minutes (or less) of PG-13 comedy goodness (even if your source material is so very not). The deadline to get your swede to us is 11:59 PM on Wednesday, July 9th. Rules? Read ‘em here.

Event Details — because we’re oh so thorough (and maybe a tad OCD about these things)..

swede fest™palm beach 3
Saturday, August 2, 2014
The Borland Center for Performing Arts
on Mainstreet at Midtown
4801 PGA Boulevard
Doors open at 6:00 PM
Festival starts at 7:00 PM

  • General Admissions tickets are $8 in advance
  • VIP tickets are $11 in advance and include spiffy limited-edition laminate and lanyard, plus reserved seating in the front rows and early entrance to your comfy seat

We’ll leave you with a final thought:

So many times it happens too fast
You trade your passion for glory
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive…

Sorry. Really.




Everyone’s a star (at least in their own mind)

Everyone’s a star (at least in their own mind)

So, tickets to swede fest™palm beach 3 have been on sale for a week. And the VIP tickets? Almost sold out.

Jaws: The REAL Ending

Jaws: The REAL Ending

Seriously. If this keeps up, The Borland Center will be, like 90% VIP seats, and 10% general admission (okay, a slight exaggeration, but this IS kinda Hollywood-ish, so we’re prone). We’re going to have to cut you celebrity wannabes off at some point, but we’ll give you fair warning. Tickets are selling like the latest iPhone and you’ll be sorry you aren’t buying online because the line will be LIKE THAT to buy them at the door.

Our advice? Buy early.

Onto other stuff. The submissions are rolling in, which is only a pun if you’re old enough to remember film used to come on reels. Here’s a still from Jaws: The REAL Ending that uses one of our favorite effects of all time, stop-motion animation (see: Gumby and/or Robot Chicken for excellent reference).

We still want your shorts, and there’s time to call dibs and walk ‘em on over (metaphorically speaking, because everyone uses, since the deadline for submission is 11:59 PM on Wednesday, July 9th.

It would be irresponsible not to mention the event details:

swede fest™palm beach 3
Saturday, August 2, 2014
The Borland Center for Performing Arts
on Mainstreet at Midtown
4801 PGA Boulevard
Doors open at 6:00 PM
Festival starts at 7:00 PM

General Admissions tickets are $8 in advance
VIP tickets are $11 in advance and include spiffy limited-edition laminate and lanyard, plus reserved seating in the front rows and early entrance to your comfy seat

We’ve sold out every year, and tickets will be more money and cash-only at the door — thereby encouraging you to do the online advance thingy.

Need more info? Want to be a sponsor? Email or call Mainstreet at Midtown’s Marketing Goddess, Belle Forino, at 561.282.4623