Swede Fest New England to be held at Sant Bani School in Sanbornton

SANBORNTON — The first ever Swede Fest Film Festival in New England is scheduled to be held on the campus of Sant Bani School this May. 

Swede Fest is the only film festival dedicated to “sweded” films. A sweded film is a summarized, low-budget recreation of a popular movie, starring you.

The term comes from the 2008 film "Be Kind Rewind" directed by Michel Gondry, and in his words "[Your film] doesn’t have to be good, it’s not a competition. It’s for people to make a ...

SANBORNTON — The first ever Swede Fest Film Festival in New England is scheduled to be held on the campus of Sant Bani School this May. 

Swede Fest is the only film festival dedicated to “sweded” films. A sweded film is a summarized, low-budget recreation of a popular movie, starring you.

The term comes from the 2008 film "Be Kind Rewind" directed by Michel Gondry, and in his words "[Your film] doesn’t have to be good, it’s not a competition. It’s for people to make a movie and watch it." That’s Swede Fest.

The festival started in California, and has grown to receive submissions from as far as the UK, France, Spain and Australia. Swede Fest happens every six months in Fresno, California, and Tampa, Florida and now, for the first time, in New Hampshire.

In cooperation with the officials at Swede Fest in California, Sant Bani School will host this event for filmmakers in grades 7 – 12, along with family and friends, on Saturday, May 19 at 4 p.m.

Film entries must be under five minutes and follow the guidelines for a sweded film; entrants are asked to keep their films low-budget and just as importantly, to have fun.

The deadline for entries is May 1. Visit www.santbani.org for links, examples and festival rules, or contact Rose Marie Marinace, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.