Five-Day Film Festival Issues Unique Challenge to Area Filmmakers

The Communicating Arts Production Group (CAPG) of Montgomery County Community College is issuing its second annual “Sweded Film Challenge” to local filmmakers. Teams of up four filmmakers will have five days to create their own personal five-minute version of popular films. The challenge is open to filmmakers of all skill levels.

The best film will receive a top prize of $250, and smaller prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. The entry fee is $25 per team. For information and to register, visit or email

The competition begins on with a kick-off event in the College’s Advanced Technology Center on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., and it concludes on March 1. A screening of the completed films will be held on March 9 at 7 p.m. in the College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. The screening is free and open to the public.

At the kickoff event, teams will be randomly assigned a film genre. They will also be given a line of dialogue and a prop that must be incorporated into the body of their films, as well as a theme that they can interpret any way they wish. Teams will then have until 7 p.m. on March 1 to write, shoot, edit, score and deliver films to the competition drop-off site. All creative activity must take place during the five-day period, and all completed films will be shown at the March 9 public screening.

The concept for the “Sweded Film Challenge” comes from the Michael Gondry film “Be Kind, Rewind,” starring Jack Black and Mos Def. In the film, Black accidentally erases all of the tapes in the video store, and the two attempt to remake the films using home video equipment and locals as crew and cast. While the store’s customers notice, they love the new versions, and are told that the films are processed in Sweden and are therefore referred to as “sweded.”

For more information, visit, which contains all the rules of the competition, current news, production documents, sponsor information, producer information and tips on filmmaking.

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