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‘You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not swede, then you will not meet your destiny.’

‘You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not swede, then you will not meet your destiny.’

Heh. Nice twist on some Darth Vader dialogue, no? For those of you who are not raging Star Wars geeks, that line was from The Empire Strikes Back.

Speaking of back (how’s that for a clunky transition?), the #1 film festival that refuses to take itself seriously returns to Mainstreet at Midtown during swede fest™palm beach 3, at the Borland Center for Performing Arts. The all-ages cult film festival has been a sold-out, blockbuster hit for the past two years, and it is promising to sell out even sooner for this year’s “three-quel.”

Desperado-1995

Yummy Antonio Banderas goodness...which you NOT see in the Desperado swede.

Emcees for the evening will be the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival’s comedic performers Wally Lurz, Darryl Willis, Trent Stephens, and Zach Meyers, who are crafting their own “fun with film” for the entertainment of the audience on Saturday, August 2 (doors open at 6:00 pm, showtime beginning at 7:00 pm).

But what is a “swede?” Based on the movie Be Kind, Rewind, a swede is a no-budget, laughably bad remake of a Hollywood film. This kinda mediocre Jack Black/Mos Def comedy had an unintended side effect: it spawned an underground sweding craze and resulted in the first swede fest™ in Fresno, Calif. Next came swede fest™ tampa bay, then the first swede fest™ palm beach in 2012. Those interested in swedeing a film are encouraged to make extensive use of their imaginations, and “found items” as props. Visualize Star Wars made with whatever you can find in your garage…yes, that bad. Never fear though, films can only be 3 minutes long and must be rated PG — even Pulp Fiction, which is on the list already selected for this year’s Festival. Other movie titles already nabbed by would-be filmmakers are:

  • Casablanca
  • Castaway
  • Catching Fire
  • Dark Knight Rises
  • Desperado
  • Gravity
  • John Tucker Must Die
  • Jurassic Park
  • Mean Girls
  • Mementos
  • Noah
  • Parent Trap
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  • Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
  • Project X
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Raising Arizona
  • Robocop
  • Rocky 3
  • Specific Rim (a parody of Pacific Rim)
  • The Ring
  • The Wolf Of Wall Street
  • To Have & Have Not
  • Toy Story
  • Tremors
  • Twilight
  • Up
  • War of the Worlds
  • White Chicks

Only one swede per film title. Those with Oscar dreams should take a pass on this festival entirely; but those who want to take part in the coolest film festival in existence anywhere are encouraged to claim their film title now, or be stuck sweding something like August: Osage County, which would be sad since no one in the audience will likely appreciate your efforts, not having seen the original.

All film submissions are due by July 9. “Sweders” receive one free ticket per movie submitted — this ain’t Entourage where your posse gets in for free because you’re famous — and are encouraged to dress “Hollywood bizarre.” Wow, is that a wide-open door for, um, creative haberdashery.

Tickets are going to be $8, or you can pop for a $20 VIP ticket with Limited-Edition Lanyard and V.I.P. Seating. We’ll let you know as soon as tickets go on sale right here, on Facebook and Twitter.

Want to make like Coke and pop for product placement (i.e. sponsorship)? Call Mainstreet at Midtown’s Marketing Manager, Belle Forino at 561.282.4623 or email bforino@ramrealestate.com.

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Dude, Where’s Your Swede?

Dude, Where’s Your Swede?

First, you realize we can pretty much take any movie title and pun it into submission, sort of a meta-swede thingy we do to come up with the occasionally catchy headline.

And, second, you then realize we can be as un-funny as some of the movies we’re making fun of. Even more meta!

"We figured there was too much happiness here for just the two of us, so we figured the next logical step was to have us a critter."

So. Anyway.

This is the updated list of reserved films you CANNOT swede:

  • Casablanca
  • Castaway
  • Catching Fire
  • Desperado, Robocop Sweded
  • Gravity
  • John Tucker Must Die
  • Mean Girls
  • Memento
  • Parent Trap
  • Project X
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Raising Arizona
  • Rocky 3
  • Specific Rim (a parody of Pacific Rim)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • To Have and Have Not
  • Toy Story
  • Tremors
  • Twilight
  • Up
  • War of the Worlds
  • White Chicks

We will be posting information shortly on how to upload your films for us. But — sneak preview — our preferred format for delivery is a Quicktime file (.mov), which is also known as an H.264 for people who may be exporting their footage from an editing program. Other options are .mp4 or perhaps .wmv.

Now, before you get your knickers in a twist, other formats will be accepted, too. We just find they are tricksy to upload, leaving us scrambling at the very end to get your swede. Don’t freak out…it’s not like we’re big techno geeks either.

We want you to focus on having a gas making your swede and submitting some funny movies so we can laugh at each other that night.  Heh. We said “gas.”

And hey — if any of your pals are considering making a swede…excellent. Just be sure to tell them they need to call dibs ASAP.

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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

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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 info@swedefestpalmbeach.com 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.

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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!

THE HISTORY OF THE SWEDE

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.

SO, YOU WANNA SWEDE A FILM?

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 info@swedefestpalmbeach.com.

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YOU KNOW, THIS EVENT REALLY NAILS THE COOLNESS FACTOR.  HOW DO I SPONSOR?

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 info@swedefestpalmbeach.com.

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SWEDE FEST PALM BEACH 3 DEBUTS THIS YEAR’S MODEL

SWEDE FEST PALM BEACH 3 DEBUTS THIS YEAR’S MODEL

swede fest palm beach 3Check it out — swede fest™ palm beach has a cool new look for year #3. Tell EVERYONE you have EVER met. No, really. And reserve your film soon, because some overachievers have already called dibs on some cool flicks.

We’ll post again soon to remind you of all the submission guidelines, whether we’re adding age divisions this year, etc.

And while we’re on the topic of age, a note: Because swede fest™ palm beach is an all-ages event, we remind our directors, cast, and producers (using those terms in the loosest sense possible, of course) that any swede submitted must be PG-13, even if your source material is not.

That means no epic swears, no nekkidness, and avoiding overt drug references. Have fun; just remember that you wanted to have fun when you were a kid, too.

Don’t harsh the grommets.

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