Swede Fest — the homegrown festival dedicated to low-budget movie remaking — held its eighth event on Saturday, a standing-room-only affair at Full Circle Brewing Co. Swede Fest 8 represented a new height for the festival in terms of attendance, entrants and all around hype. Swedes came from around the Valley, and around the world — France, Australia and New York.
Picking winners for Swede Fest 8 was also the toughest of all the festivals I’ve attended. But below you’ll find what impressed me. You can watch all the films for yourself at swedefest.com, then come argue with me. Oh, one note, for obvious reasons, I’m not considering “The Avengers: Sweded” for any awards. It’s already conquered the Internet. It can live without a Swedie.
To all the rest of the winners: Take a screenshot of this post and make it your desktop image at work, then tell all your co-workers you won a Swedie, then spend the next 10 minutes attempting to explain what the heck that is. Congrats!
- Best motion picture (drama): “La Bamba”
- Best motion picture (comedy/musical): “Top Gun” **
- Most creative: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
- Best director: Anthony Taylor, “Speed”
- Best actor:
Whoever played the role of Bob in Richard Rocha, “La Bamba”
- Best actress: Traci Arbios, “The Princess Diaries”
- Best supporting actor: Tony Bennett, “Speed”
- Best supporting actress:
Whoever played Ritchie’s mom in Charles Thomas, “La Bamba.”
- Best editing: “The Tree of Life”
- Best use of props/special effects: “V for Vendetta”
- Best costume design: “The Muppet Show: Mahna Mahna”
- Best original music: “La Bamba”
** I know the real “Top Gun” probably doesn’t count as a comedy — but this re-imagined version certainly does. Plus (/big confession here/) I’ve never seen “Top Gun.” So after watching this, I’m not so sure it’s isn’t a comedy.