I was leaving Corridor 2122 back in August of 2008 feeling pretty good that 30+ people had shown up for our fledgling little film festival. No one knew what was going to happen or what to expect but people came and that was a pretty awesome feeling. I knew at that point that we had something special with Swede Fest and we had to keep doing it, if at very least to see what would happen. What happened is that we kept growing. And growing. And growing. Here we are, 4 years later and we’ve reached double digits and that calls for a little celebration, methinks. And here’s the first little bit: We’re happy to announce that the historic Tower Theatre will be the site of Swede Fest X! This event is sponsored by Gotta Love Fresno, ABC30, Fresno Filmworks and The Tower Theatre and will remain FREE FOR ALL AGES! It will go down on Sunday, November 11th with doors opening at 6pm so please help spread the word so we can pack out the place for the Fresno original. We have a bunch of cool stuff planned for this event which we will be announcing at future dates, including our poster reveal. In the mean time, I hope you guys are working on your entries because that November 5th deadline is right around the corner. If you want to see your film on the big screen at the Tower Theatre, you better get it in soon! If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org but in the mean time, GET SWEDING!
And just like that another Swede Fest has past us and this one was one for the record books. Not only did we continue with our tradition of breaking attendance records (we had about 320 people in the house) with every subsequent festival, due to the size of the theater we unfortunately had to turn people away. The theater management probably let more people than should have been in there (as displayed by the amount of people willing to sit on the ground and stairs) and it pained us to have to turn people away (for those people, our heartfelt apologies) but nobody could have predicted the kind of turnout we had. Not only did Swede Fest 9 receive entries from around the Central Valley, we also had our most international entries we had ever hosted with films from filmmakers in Hungary, Germany & the U.K. Weren’t able to make it? Well you can catch all the films online over here. Big thanks to Gotta Love Fresno for sponsoring our event, Kirk James for designing our flyer but most of all EVERYONE who participated & submitted an entry. This festival would be nothing without all your hard work and effort. Keep up the good work! Now’s it’s over, we’re already starting to plan the first DOUBLE DIGITS Swede Fest coming in November of this year so now the perfect time to start planning YOUR entry for the next one. Remember, you’ll love this movie because you’re in it! See you guys around and be sure to follow us on Twitter & Facebook to get all the latest news, check out exclusive pics and more. See you guys soon!