2015-09-03 / Arts & Entertainment News

How swede it is: Film festival set to return


It’s so bad it’s good.

The film festival that refuses to take itself seriously will return to Palm Beach County Oct. 10 with “swede fest palm beach 4,” and this year it promises to be even “sweder.”

The underground event showcases laughably bad, 3-minute remakes of Hollywood hits made by amateur filmmakers throughout Palm Beach County.

Following three sold-out years, swede fest palm beach 4 is happening thanks to the passion of local fans who agreed to take it over from its original producer, Mainstreet at Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens.

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 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 10, at The Palm Beaches Theatre, at 262 S. Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan. Admission is $13 per person in advance, or $15 at the door.

Based on the movie, “Be Kind, Rewind,” a “swede” is a no-budget, hilarious remake of a Hollywood film that 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 50 films submitted last year.

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.

All films must be rated PG-13. Also, there is only one swede per film title.

Those looking to enter can email their chosen title to info@swedefestpalmbeach.com. Films must be completed and sent by Sept. 30.

To volunteer or sponsor, email info@swedefestpalmbeach.com or call Elizabeth during working hours at 543-8276. ¦

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