Swede Fest 13 is coming on Saturday, May 17th and will be returning to Tower Theatre so you know what that means: it’s time for the gears in your head to start turning to generate some swede-tastically awesome ideas! Grab your friends and family, browse your DVD or Netflix library, start collecting cardboard boxes from your nearest dumpster, because before you know it Swede Fest 13 will be upon us! The deadline for entries is Monday, May 12 at 11:59 p.m but there’s no time like the present to start your creative process. Like always, will we screen the first 20 entries we receive. So don’t be shy about turning in your entry early! Time limit is still 4 minutes and your entry must be suitable for all ages. It’s free to submit and everyone of all ages is encouraged to swede their favorite films. Although it’s not required, we like to hear from people who are planning to submit so we can start planning out the program so if you are going to create one, drop us an email at email@example.com to give us a heads up and also let us know what you’re sweding! If you need some inspiration, feel free to visit our library of past entries right here and the ideas will be flowing in no time! If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy sweding!
And just like that again, another Swede Fest has passed. Yes, people packed out the Tower Theatre last Saturday evening and had a great time watching 19 entries coming from as far away as China & Tampa Bay for Swede Fest 12. According to conservative estimates, the crowd was the biggest ever and shows how awesome of a community we have here in Fresno to support something like Swede Fest. If you missed it, you can check out all the entries here. Everyone over here at Swede Fest would like to thank everyone who submitted and entry because without you, this festival would simply not exist. Be sure to head on over to the Fresno Beehive to check out their just released list of “winners” of their coveted Swedies. To all our sponsors that make it possible for us to have the event at such a cool location, all our greatest love & admiration. Gotta Love Fresno, Fresno Filmworks & the Tower Theatre: without your help this event would not be what it is today, thank you so much. Our volunteers: without you, the event would not run so smoothly so thanks to Erika, Yvonne, Tanya, Thong & Michael. And for people that have been asking, the awesome poster design was done by John Rios, much props to him for being one of the most awesome human beings on earth. And if you are interested in volunteering and helping Swede Fest become cooler, please drop us an email at email@example.com and we’ll get in touch. Thanks again and be sure to start thinking about YOUR entry for Swede Fest 13, coming in 2014.
Calling everyone out there with an interest in filmmaking: organizers are seeking submissions for Swede Fest, the only film festival in the world for sweded movies. The twelfth edition of the festival will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the historic The Tower Theatre (815 E. Olive Avenue) in Fresno. Doors open at 6 p.m., films start at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Swede Fest, an internationally known film festival with several satellite festivals on the east coast, gives everyone who participates the unforgettable experience of seeing their work on the big screen. A “sweded” film is a summarized, low-budget recreation of a popular movie, starring you! “Sweding” takes the best and worst movies that come out of Hollywood and combines them with the creativity and ingenuity of their greatest fans. Entries are now being accepted for Swede Fest 12 and film enthusiasts of all ages are encouraged to submit. Films must be no longer than four minutes and suitable for all ages. There is no cost to submit. The event is open to all ages and free to attend thanks to the generous sponsorship of Gotta Love Fresno, The Tower Theatre and Fresno Filmworks. Prior to Swede Fest 12, at 3 p.m., Fresno Filmworks presents a special screening of Son of Rambow, the award-winning 2007 British comedy-drama about two schoolboys who form an unlikely friendship through their mutual love of cinema and a desire to remake their favorite movie, Rambo: First Blood. Tickets for this special screening are $5 and are available in advance at the Tower Theatre box office or online at fresnofilmworks.org.
Film lovers rejoice, it’s time for the eleventh installment of Fresno’s very own Swede Fest. We’re returning to the historic Tower Theatre on Sunday, May 19th, doors open at 6 p.m. It’s FREE and suitable for ALL AGES. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors for making this all possible: Gotta Love Fresno, Fresno Filmworks, The Tower Theatre, Valley Public Radio and the Fresno Arts Council. And if that wasn’t enough, Fresno Filmworks is screening “Be Kind Rewind,” the 2008 feature film that inspired the “sweding” movement, prior to Swede Fest 11 at 3 p.m. at The Tower Theatre. Tickets for “Be Kind Rewind” are $5 and are available in advance online at FresnoFilmworks.org or at the Tower Theatre box office. If you’ve never seen the film, check out the trailer below! Just as a reminder, the deadline to submit your entry is Monday, May 13th at 11:59 p.m. so get started and you could be watching your film on the big screen at the festival. Check out our previous post regarding how to enter and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitiate to emai us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have some more cool announcements coming soon so keep checking back here or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the most up to date information. See you all on May 19th!