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Only 15 Tickets Left (and maybe not even that by the time you read this)

Only 15 Tickets Left (and maybe not even that by the time you read this)

Swede fest Palm Beach 4Attention swede fest™ palm beach 4 fans!

Pre-sale Eventbrite purchases end at midnight, Friday October 9 — that’s TONIGHT! If you haven’t purchased your tickets by then, be prepared to bring $15 cash to the door.

If you already have your tickets, swanky. You’ll be hanging with us at The Palm Beaches Theatre in Plaza del Mar on Manalapan this Saturday, October 10.

Lobby doors open at 6:30 for “red carpet”(it’s in quotes for a reason) arrival and ticket pick-up. There will be beverages and snacks available for purchase. Be sure to wear your best directorial and/or diva duds for the photo op and attending media.

Showtime at 7:30 pm and an after party takes place in the plaza at Basil’s Bar and Italian Restaurant with discounted drinks and eats for anyone showing a swede fest™ palm beach 4 ticket stub. We’re looking forward to a great night of bad films, and a PACKED house!

See you on the red carpet!

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Palm Beach’s Swedefest profiles best in amateur, low-budget filmmaking

Posted: 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

By Leslie Gray Streeter – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Big budget movies make the impossible look real. Swedes are ultra, ultra low-budget movies that are impossibly — and lovingly — cheesy-looking.

Thus is the charm of Swedefest, the local film festival now in its fourth year of celebrating the art of turning blockbuster productions into homemade works that proudly display not only their creators’ complete lack of budget and, perhaps, actual filmmaking skill, but also a lot of love.




Swede Fest Palm Beach 4

Swede Fest Palm Beach 4

7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 10, The Palm Beaches Theatre, 262 South Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, $12.65-$15; 561-282-4623 or SwedeFestPalmBeach.com.

Know that every film screened at Swede Fest qualifies as a horrible, no good, very bad remake of a hit Hollywood movie. So why recommend a so-called Swede, a term inspired by the 2008 Jack Black comedy “Be Kind, Rewind” to describe a three-minute, shoestring-budget sendup of a favorite film? Answer: the shorts are intentionally horrible, no good, very bad. They’re also funny, with previous swedes lampooning “The Dark Knight” as re-enacted with giant Lego figures; and the biblical epic “Noah,” shot entirely at a community swimming pool.

The blockbusters claimed for this year’s swede treatment (parental caution: all films are PG-13) include “Frozen,” “Shaun of the Dead,” “Aliens,” “Jurassic World,” “The Fast and the Furious” and “Star Wars.” We hope that last one offers zero references to Jar Jar.



Cult Film Festival: swede fest palm beach 4

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Date: October 05, 2015
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Cult Film Festival: swede fest palm beach 4Audiences looking for the chance to see local filmmakers take a bite out of Tinseltown can purchase their tickets now for the #1 film festival that refuses to take itself seriously. swede fest™ palm beach 4 is back and even “sweder” with the Palm Beach International Film Festival and the Palm Beach Film Society producing the underground hit event.







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 info@swedefestpalmbeach.com. 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 info@swedefestpalmbeach.com 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.



Swede fest™ 3 palm beach CELEBRATES SECOND SOLD-OUT YEAR!

Swede fest™ 3 palm beach CELEBRATES SECOND SOLD-OUT YEAR!

Cool film festival draws all-ages crowd for a night of hilarious Hollywood spoofs in Midtown PGA; Audience Choice Award goes to swede of “Noah”

The audience favorite, "Noah"

A blooper reel of the famous “whistle” scene from 1944’s To Have or Have Not; a mock-up of artsy film Memento using Mentos candy as “product placement;” cardboard cutouts of dinosaurs for a spoof of Jurassic Park, and even an in-person visit from the star of Robocop-sweded. These were only a few of the outrageous clips and delights attendees experienced during this year’s swede fest™ 3 palm beach, presented by Mainstreet at Midtown at the Borland Center for Performing Arts in Palm Beach Gardens. The 500 member audience in the sold-out theater chose a swede of the epic movie Noah as this year’s Audience Choice Award winner, with the prize of premium editing software for the winning director.

The "blooper reel" from "To Have & Have Not"

The shindig began with guests walking a red carpet for their group photo ops by John Sessa while being entertained by movie soundtrack cuts spun by DJ Hennessy. Attendees also enjoyed food from Oceana Coffee and tasty beverages from Potions n’ Motion. “Paparazzi” included filmmaker interviews from G-Star School of the Arts’ film team. Opening to an original score by Jon Lamboy, this year’s swede fest™ 3 palm beach showcased more than 30 entries running in the lobby and the main theater. Main sponsor JFK Medical Center handed out branded “Swedish Fish” chocolate bars and trail mix at their “concessions” table to continue the night’s theme.  Emcees from the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival kicked the event off with their own swede of the movie that started it all: Be Kind, Rewind, then offered Tinsel Town-themed improv between each block of laugh-out-loud remakes. Following the awards announcement, attendees and filmmakers headed over to the after-party at Midtown’s Cantina Laredo.

The opening credits for "Mementos"

Noah creators Max Shteiman, Justin Wisnicki, and Maeve A’hearn, who all attend Oxbridge Academy, used local settings and basic effects combined with tongue-in-cheek humor to win over the crowd. Close runner up, Chris Notarnicola, utilized hand-made signage, tin foil over cabinets in a home kitchen, and toy dinosaurs to recreate the 3-minute take on the 20-year-old hit film, Jurassic Park. In the spirit of swede fest, additional medals were given for:


Clever girl...you do know your "Jurassic Park" dialogue, right?

“Every year gets better,” says RAM Real Estate Marketing Manager, Belle Forino, who is the creator and organizer of the event. “What I enjoy the most are the filmmakers’ imaginations. Everyone has a different take on how a scene can be recreated. The vibe of the event itself is simply fantastic. Everyone is here to have a fun time, and having it be all-ages is really special.”

Based on the movie Be Kind, Rewind, in which the hapless owners of a video store have to re-create their own Hollywood hits, which they called ‘swedes,’ swede film festivals have become a phenomenon, with even non-filmmakers enjoying the novelty of using “found objects” to represent special effects and details from their favorite films.

So, without further ado, here is the evening’s lineup:


1. Jurassic Park by Christopher Notarnicola
2. Insidious by Elliot Skogman
3. To Have & Have Not by Wally Lurz
4. The Big Lebowski by Brenden Stefano

5. Specific Rim by Brett Weiner
6. Pulp Fiction by Arden Jurskis
7. Swe7en by Mike Gomez
8. Robocop by Jason Galotti

9. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure by John Burke
10. Rocky 3 by Belle Forino
11. Tangled by The Benjamin School
12. Mementos by Jacek Gancarz

13. The Goonies by Nick Crisafi
14. Catching Fire by Nicole Rankin
15. The Shining by Meg Mufson
16. Office Space by Richard Palacios

17. JAWS the real ending by Thomas Targe
18. Star Wars by The Collins family
19. Noah by Max Shteiman
20. Raising Arizona by Melissa Wise

21. The Wolf of Wall Street by Lamar Pitts
22. Basic Instinct by Krys Parker

We were overwhelmed by the number of submissions we received! In order to accommodate them all we screened some of the entries in the theater lobby:

Frozen by SouthTech Academy
Her by Brian Slusser
Soul Plane by SouthTech Academy
Spider-man by Jovany Poncedeleon
The Matrix by SouthTech Academy
The Ring Sweded by Juan Diaz
Toy Story by Allison Engelke
Godzilla by The Benjamin School
How to Swede Your Dragon by The Benjamin School
Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Swedes by The Benjamin School
Percy Jackson by The Benjamin School

Special thanks to:

Alchemy Communications Group
Ancomp events
The Borland Center for Performing Arts
Cinderelle Marketing
DJ Hennessy
Elizabeth Dashiell Public Relations
Entertainment Consultants
Florida Weekly
G-Star School of the Arts
Immagine Productions
InterACT Drama Camp
John Sessa Photography
Jon Lamboy
Jupiter Courier
Listen Hear Sound
Mainstreet at Midtown
Orange Theory Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival
Potions In Motion
Pure Honey Magazine
Ram Realty Services
Seaview Radio



The Waiting is the Hardest Part

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Many thanks to Gainsville’s Mr. Tom Petty for the lyric we stole to make that kinda trite headline.

2014 swede "Mementos"

A still from Jacek Gancarz's swede "Mementos", NOT starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano

So, the swedes are in. Lots o’ swedes. Lots of good, lots of bad, lots in between. We’re doing our jobs going through all of the footage; have you done yours?

Because your only job, at this point, is to buy your tickets. Oh, and VIP tickets are all sold out. None left. Nada. Nein. Non. Just General Admission advance tickets for $8 bucks. And we highly recommend you buy them online and in advance. IF (and that’s a big if, people) we have any left the night of the show, they will be $9, cash only.

And do you really want to get all snazzied up, drive to Palm Beach Gardens, stand in line with your crumpled Abe and four Washingtons, only to find out YOU CAN’T COME IN?? The walk of shame back to your car will be sort of embarrassing.

You’ll be missing out on the potent bevvies from Potions in Motion, music by DJ Sean Hennessey, the big screen in the lobby looping the swedes that didn’t make the finals, and our fab step-and-repeat with photographer John Sessa, who will capture you in all your cinematic drag..

We still need some volunteers, for you intrepid souls who like to be helpful, get in free, and hang out with the cool folks who organize this madness. Email Belle Forino at bforino@ramrealestate.com if you’re feeling all interested.

Details, 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 5:30 PM so you can pick up your WILL CALL tickets and enjoy the lobby ambiance
  • VIP ticket holders enter the theater at 6:25 PM
  • GA ticket holders enter the theater at 6:40 PM
  • Festival starts at 7:00 PM
  • Theater doors close at 7:05 PM
  • Once you enter the theater, you will pick up a program, voting card, and pencil, then find your seat. Due to the sell-out crowd, please do not leave gaps in the rows. We’ll ask you to scoot over as the theater fills up, and all the heavy sighing is unnecessary. We’re one big sweding family.

As always, swede fest™palm beach 3 is brought to you by Mainstreet at Midtown, because they’re just cool that way.




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.




Ooooh, press mention.

Ooooh, press mention.

Ben Crandell at the Sun-Sentinel did a nice piece on swede fest™ palm beach 3 in his Go Guide column on the SouthFlorida.com website today — and it will be IN PRINT tomorrow. Which makes it, like, totally legit.

Go read it now, then share it with all your friends. You know you want to.