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Last call to register for zany film fest in Gardens

July 6, 2013


Amateur filmmakers will show zero-budget spoofs of Hollywood hitsduring the second annual Palm Beach Swede Fest, a screening oflaughably bad remakes of popular films set for July 27 atMainstreet at Midtown.

Tuesday is the deadline to enter films up to three minutes known asswedes -- a term coined in the 2008 movie "Be Kind Rewind" starringDanny Glover and Jack Black. Films that were inadvertently erasedand remade in Glover's video store were dubbed "Swedes" because thename sounded European and sophisticated.

Held in the Borland Center for Performing Arts at Midtown, lastyear's Swede Fest featured 40 entries and sold out with an audienceof about 500, said Belle Forino, marketing manager for Mainstreetat Midtown.

The zany film festival is touted as "a celebration of bad movies bygood people."

It doesn't cost anything to enter a Swede in the festival, but thefilms must be PG-13 clean and run three minutes or less, Forinosaid. A committee will review the short films before they'rescreened.

The audience's favorite last year was a remake of "The Hulk" byJonah and Noah Kalter, ages 10 and 11, Forino said. This year'swinner of the Audience Choice Award will get movie- editingsoftware.

Thirty-three film titles have been submitted so far this year. Theyinclude "Alien," "Cast Away," "Napoleon Dynamite" and "Titanic."Once a movie title is registered, nobody else can Swede it for thisyear's festival.

Twenty of the Swedes, chosen by a committee, will be shown insidethe theater. The others will be shown in the lobby of the BorlandCenter.

Comedian Will Watkins will entertain guests between screenings.

Swede creators often come dressed in their most debonairmovie- director attire.

"The films are hysterically funny and wildly creative," saidElizabeth Dashiell, who is helping to promote the festival. Twitter: @PBPostWillie


What: A collection of bad remakes of popular movies made by areafilmmakers

When: 7 p.m. July 27. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)

Where: The Borland Center for Performing Arts, Mainstreet atMidtown, Palm Beach Gardens

Tickets: $5 online or $6 at the door. $8 including commemorativelanyard. (Free admission for Swede producers.)

Entering a swede: It's free, but movie titles must be submitted by11:59 p.m. Tuesday.


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