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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

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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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