Five-Day Film Festival Challenges Area Filmmakers

The College’s Communicating Arts Production Group (CAPG)  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 www.fivedayfilmfestival.com or email fivedayfilmfestival@gmail.com.

The competition begins on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. with a kick-off event in the College’s Advanced Technology Center lobby, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.  At the kickoff event, each team is asked to bring two suggestions for popular films to be “Sweded.” The suggestions will be tossed into the hat with a few suggestions from the producers. Each team will then draw a film from the hat and will have until 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 to complete their personal version of that film.  The completed films and required paperwork must be submitted by the deadline to be eligible for judging and prizes.

A screening of all the completed films will be held at an awards ceremony on March 7 at 7 p.m. in the College’s Science Center Theater. The screening event is free and open to the public.

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 www.fivedayfilmfestival.com, which contains all the rules of the competition, current news, production documents, sponsor information, producer information and tips on filmmaking.

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