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Palm Beach Film Society seeks hilariously bad remakes of Hollywood hits for October 15 festival at Kelsey Theater

LAKE PARK, Fla. (August 23, 2016) Calling all movie fans! It’s back! The #1 film festival that refuses to take itself seriously returns with swede fest™ palm beach 5, and this year it’s the “swedest”! Celebrating a half-decade of hilariously bad remakes of Hollywood hits, the underground festival takes place at the new arts’ corridor in Lake Park at the Kelsey Theater, with an entertainment-packed after party next door at the Brewhouse Gallery. The wildly popular, sell-out 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 Film Society on October 15 from 7 pm to 9 pm at 700 Park Avenue, Lake Park.

But what is 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 Fast and the Furious” reenacted using children’s Big Wheels – these are only a few examples of the hundreds of films submitted the past four years. 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.

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We have the list of movies screening in competition at the 2016 Voices of Local Film at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, plus screening information:

DocuFlorida: Warhammer Miniature Painter, Director: Josh Brady

Ex Marks The PlanUptown Trash, Director: Matt Florio

Galoshes, Director: Catherine Windecker

Goonies Sweded, Dir.: Jason Galotti

Mask of the underachieving Serial Killer, Director: Juan Diaz

Musical Heartache, Director: Michael Eldon Lobsinger

The Send-Off, Directors: Patrick Bresnan & Ivete Lucas

Congratulations to the filmmakers!

The Voices of Local Film 2016 will be held on Wednesday April 13 at 7:15 pm at G-Star School of the Arts (2030 South Congress Avenue, Palm Springs, Florida 33406). Tickets for the Voices of Local Film and Student Showcase of Films (April 13, 5:30 pm at G-Star) are sold separately, and can be purchased here.


The 2016 Voices of Local Film at the Palm Beach International Film Festival is now accepting short films, documentaries, or music videos! Early deadline is January 10, 2016, and the final (late) deadline is January 31, 2016! We are looking for South Florida and Treasure Coast filmmakers and their works!

Submissions are now closed. Click here to see the movies selected to screen.

The 2015 Voices of Local Film short film directors (and one of the stars)

The 2015 Voices of Local Film short film directors (and one of the stars)

The 2015 Voices of Local Film was a huge success! We had two nights this year, with the Student Showcase of Films (which we present with the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission), Voices shorts (Good Health Hunting, Mama Needs A Ride, and the RoboCop Swede), and the feature Pembroke Circle on Sunday March 29, then West Palm Beach-filmed and -set Marriage Material (also a feature) screening Tuesday night March 31. Awesome local films and student films!

Director and winner Matt Florio with Palm Beach Film Society VP Elizabeth Dashiell

Director and winner Matt Florio with Palm Beach Film Society VP Elizabeth Dashiell

The winner of Voices of Local Film this year was Mama Needs A Ride, from director Matt Florio!

I’d like to thank Randi, Larry, and everyone at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, including the volunteers, for all their help!

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The new poster, designed by Jossette Simo-Kieldgaard

We are pleased to announce the films that will be screening at the 2015 Voices of Local Films at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. There will be two screenings that take place in March, and the schedule is below the film list. You can buy ticket packages here.

The films, in no particular order:

Mama Needs A Ride; 19:14 minutes; dir.: Matt Florio; comedy; starring Steve DiGennaro, Matthew O’Connor, Jane Brown, & Mike Marino. Franky and Elmo are the Don’s go-to guys. So it is only fitting that he would trust them with a very important job: pick up his mother and take her out to run errands. Unfortunately for them, she is not nearly as nice as the Don says she is.

RoboCop Swede; 14:29 minutes; dir.: Jason Galotti; Sweded movie; starring: Jason Galotti, Tracy R. Johnson. A swede of the 1987 classic, RoboCop.

Student Showcase of Films (continuing our partnership of screenings with the Palm Beach Film and Television Commission, which began in 2014)

Good Health Hunting; 22:05 minutes; dir.: Brian Connors, documentary.

Pembroke Circle; 1:19:27 (feature); dir.: Max Rousseau; starring: Sarah Sculco, Kenny Babel, Laura Mejia, Aaron Villanueva, Michael Berthold. Since her mother passed away, Grace has become a surrogate parent in the house, taking care of her younger brother, Matthew and tending to her father, Leigh. When Leigh hires a foreign maid, Mariela, Grace’s life is thrown off balance.

UPDATED with the schedule, which will include the second year the Palm Beach Film and Television Commission team up for the screening of the Student Showcase of Films:

Sunday March 29th 4:15 PM – Student Showcase of Films (1:14)

Sunday March 29th 6:00 PM – Voices of Local Film shorts program: Good Health Hunting, Mama Needs a Ride, RoboCop Swede (56:00)

Sunday March 29th 7:30 PM – Voices of Local Film feature: Pembroke Circle (1:19)

Tuesday March 31st 8:30 PM – Voices of Local Film feature: Marriage Material (1:31)