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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.


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


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 info@swedefestpalmbeach.com.

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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.




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.


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?


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…