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PALM BEACH FILM SOCIETY

Spotlighting Florida Filmmakers Since 2002.

We couldn’t be more excited about the 23rd Annual Student Showcase of Films this year. There is a stellar line-up of student finalist, competing in eleven different categories. This year the Student Showcase of Films received well over 600 student submissions representing 80 different schools across Florida. The judging panel of 42 industry professionals had a tough assignment choosing the finalists, and we are really looking forward to seeing the film clips created by these exceptionally talented students.

The red-carpet awards show will take place at the Keith C. & Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University on April 6, 2018, pre-show festivities beginning at 9:30am and SHOWTIME at 10:30am. The event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

The live awards show will be integrated with a high-impact video gaming theme, with staging and decor elements like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Mario, and more. According to SSOF Director and Host, Frank Licari, “we will weave the world of video games into our awards show to create a hilarious presentation sure to entertain gamers of all ages!”

Please add the date and time to your calendar – we look forward to seeing you on April 6. Let me know if you have any questions or special requests.

Burt Reynolds, Vanilla Ice and other
SURPRISE celebrities to present awards
Frank Licari to host the live “Video Game” themed show!

23rd Annual Student Showcase of Films

http://www.pbfilm.com/student-showcase

Please add the date and time to your calendar – we look forward to seeing you on April 6.

swede fest 6 swede fest™ palm beach 6 (the sixiest!) Happening March 24 at the Kelsey Theater

Palm Beach Film Society Hosts Hilarious Amateur 
Film Festival in Lake Park

Mary Poppins
Back to the Future
The Cube
Dirty Dancing
The Shining
The Blair Witch Project
Finding Neemo
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Dr. Strange
Titanic
Romeo & Juliet
The 2018 Oscars
Every Space Movie Ever
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Rogue One
Frozen
Beauty and the Beast
Ghostbusters
Captain America: Civil War
Sleepemon (Sleeping Beauty and Pokemon combined)
Annabelle
Moana

BUT WHAT’S A SWEDE?


Indie film festivals have a rich history of showcasing amazing undiscovered talent, where Hollywood insiders troll for the next big thing, where A-list stars promote the small, labor-of-love projects they do between blockbusters. This is not the case with the annual swede fest™ palm beach. Instead, a “swede” is a 3-minute no-budget, laughably bad remake of a hit Hollywood film. The term comes from the 2008 comedy, “Be Kind Rewind,” which started an underground sweding craze and resulted in the very first swede fest™ in Fresno. Next came swede fest™ tampa bay, and swede fest™ palm beach ushers in its 6th year on March 24, 2018 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Kelsey Theater in Lake Park.

“sweders” will walk the “where the heck is the red carpet?” dressed in their best ‘Hollywood’ garb (whatever that means to them) before heading into the theater. The hit improv group Cheese & Crackers will emcee the night with quick breaks between groups of films to allow audience members to decide the best of the worst films. Following the “awards ceremony” everyone is invited next door to the Brewhouse Gallery for the after party.


COST:Tickets to the event are $12 in advance or $15 that evening and may be purchased at swedefestpalmbeach.com.


WHEN:
 Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 PM
WHERE:
 The Kelsey Theater – 
700 Park Avenue, Lake Park


WHO:
 The Palm Beach Film Society, a non-profit dedicated to promoting local film makers and film making in Palm Beach County is the presenting organization in partnership with the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission and the Kelsey Theater and Brewhouse Gallery.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Web: http://www.swedefestpalmbeach.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/swedefestpalmbeach
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/swedefestpb



For general information:

CALL Elizabeth Dashiell, 561.543.8276
EMAIL info@swedefestpalmbeach.com

swede fest 6Palm Beach Film Society seeks hilariously bad remakes of Hollywood hits for March 24 festival at Kelsey Theater

LAKE PARK, Fla. (December 28, 2017) Calling all movie fans! It’s back! The #1 film festival that refuses to take itself seriously returns with swede fest™ palm beach 6, the “sixiest” swede fest to date! Once again honoring bad remakes of Hollywood hits, the underground festival takes place at the Kelsey Theater in Lake Park, 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 March 24, 2018 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.

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. It is completely free to enter a swede, and selected films will receive a complimentary ticket for the director. The evening event will once again be emceed by the hilarious improv group Cheese & Crackers. 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 $12 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 “The Last Jedi” (What happened, Luke???). Those looking to enter can email their chosen title to info@swedefestpalmbeach.com. Films must be completed and sent by March 1. Updates on film titles are posted to the swede fest™ palm beach Facebook page, and rules and details are located at www.swedefestpalmbeach.com.

Tickets may be purchased at www.kelseytheater.com. The event is completely volunteer run, and individuals and businesses looking to become a sponsor can email info@swedefestpalmbeach.com or call Elizabeth Dashiell 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 6 is currently sponsored by the Palm Beach Film Society and Alchemy Communications in cultural partnership with the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission.

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Media Contact:
Elizabeth Dashiell
palmbeachpr@yahoo.com
561-543-8276

swedefest_2016_posterCult Film Festival Returns with
swede fest™ palm beach 5 (the swedest)

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.

Sign up here!

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.