Help Independent Cinemas by Entering This 'Sweded' Short Film Festival
By Jake Rossen
In the 2008 film Be Kind, Rewind, Jack Black and company recreated some of their favorite films on VHS using a no-budget approach. Known as “sweding,” the technique has caught on, and now you can enter a short film of your own in a festival that has the added benefit of helping independent cinemas struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Sweded Festival for Creative Re-Creations is organized by Row House Cinema and was once relegated to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area. Now it’s open to submissions from around the country. Entrants are asked to make a short (three- to five-minute) film paying homage to their favorite Hollywood movies using whatever locations and props they can find.
Previous entries have included takes on Alien, E.T., and The Princess Bride. Here’s a “sweded” version of Jaws:
The entries will be evaluated by a team of judges and the winners selected for inclusion in a full-length collection that will be broadcast in January 2021 to select independent cinemas and digital cinemas. (A cash prize is also awarded.) A portion of ticket sales will go to financial relief for cinemas affected by the pandemic.
You can enter online through December 31.