The no-budget spoof film festival Swede Fest is coming to South Florida for the first time. Before you start looking up Swedish films, though, know that this has nothing to do with Sweden. The festival is made up of bad, yet laughable, three-minute remakes of hit Hollywood films such as The Hunger Games, The Notebook, Annie, Ghostbusters, Footloose, Harry Potter, I Am Legend, 21 and Clueless.
The term “swede” in this sense comes from the 2008 comedy Be Kind Rewind, which referred to the dreadfulness of remade movies as European and labeled them swedes. That movie fueled a real-life underground “sweding” craze that spurred the first Swede Fest in Fresno, California, and the second in Tampa.
The third Swede Fest, which the Digital Domain Institute will cosponsor for the first time, will be held at the Borland Center for the Performing Arts on August 3 at 7 p.m. Film submissions, which are free and open to anyone, are accepted until July 20, and the Digital Domain Institute will present one film with an audience-favorite award. Tickets for the event cost $5. (561-282-4623, swedefestpalmbeach.com)
Here's an example of what you can expect to see at Swede Fest Palm Beach, "a celebration of bad movies by good people":
4901 PGA Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418