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What is HHM Film Slam

What is HHM Film Slam

The HHM Film Slam is a coordinated event with Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival (HHM) that pits filmmaking teams against the clock creating a fun, challenging and highly creative collaborative challenge by making a 3-7 minute short film  — script through submission — in one weekend!

2019 HHM Film Slam

Following the HHM Film Slam short screenings, we will announced our winning short, which will be presented during the Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival on Saturday, September 28. How cool is that?

Check out the amazing shorts produced in just 72-hours on the 2019 Winter HHM Film Slam page.
And the 48-hour shorts created during the 2018 Inaugural HHM Film Slam. 

This competition is limited to 10 teams.

We hope you join in the fun!

Our Mission

The HHM Film Slam Challenge was created with a simple goal in mind – Remove all the usual excuses and provide a simple framework for aspiring filmmakers to ‘get out there’ and shoot something that they can see on the big screen.

Our mission is to support filmmakers by making the most collaborative art form out there accessible to anyone that wishes to say, “I made a film this weekend.”

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  • 1. Register and gather your team


    • Register your team through the HHM Film Slam registration page, www.HHMFilmSlam.com/register-your-team/.  If you would like to be part of a team we will help pair you up. After submitting your team registration and the $50 fee, you will receive confirmation and more information via email.
    • During the lead up to the HHM Film Slam, teams recruit their cast and crew, scout locations, pull their gear together and don’t forget snacks. Get as much as together as you can, even if you don’t end up using it. Waiver/release paperwork is required for cast and crew members, locations (if non-public), music and materials such as special effects.
  • 2. Friday Night Kickoff

    6pm – 7pm on Friday, September 20, 2019

    • At least one team member comes to the HHM office, 721 Washington Ave. – Suite 203, Bay City, Michigan, to receive the information packet, which includes required elements.
    • You’ll receive two random genres to make a choice from for your HHM Film Slam short’s main film style.
    • Also announced at this time are — a character, a prop and a line of dialogue — ALL of which must appear in each film.
    • Go, go, go!
  • 3. Film Weekend

    Your next 48-hours will go something like this:

    • Friday Night: Brainstorm story, write script, notify cast of roles and gather props/costumes.
    • Saturday: Production! Cast reports early to rehearse, runs lines and commence filming.
    • Saturday Night: Rough editing and music selection (or production!).
    • Sunday: Final editing, fine-tuning, render and upload to designated dropbox, or dropped off at Ohno Design.
  • 4. Sunday Night Film Submission

    7pm on Sunday, September 22, 2019

    • Your film must be between 3 and 7 minutes long, excluding title card and post credits (1 minute limit).
    • Opening credits are allowed but they are counted against your 7-minute limit.
    • All teams submit their films along with the required paperwork to a designated dropbox folder for your team.
    • But don’t be late! Lateness disqualifies the team from awards eligibility — but all films are screened. Film tech requirements will be sent once registered.
  • 5. Premiere Big Screen Viewing

    Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 9am
    at Bay City’s stunning State Theatre 

    • Lateness disqualifies the team from awards eligibility, but all films will be screened.
    • HHM Film Slam Awards will be announced following the screening event.
    • Judges Choice Award will also be screened during Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Fest on Saturday, September 28, 2019, directly following the awards.
  • 6. Awards

    • Lateness disqualifies the team from awards eligibility, but all films will be screened and awards will be announced following the screening event.
    • Standouts in your short films, such as Best Actor, Best Use of Criteria, etc. will be recognized.
    • Cash prizes awarded to two films selected by the HHM Film Slam Judges. Cash prize amounts to be determined by the registration fees. The Best Film will get 2/3’s and the Runner-up will get 1/3 of all entry fees collected.
    • The registration fee has been lowered for this event. Your $50 registration fee goes to the cash prize awards. 
    • Cash prize amounts to be determined by the registration fees collected. The Best Film will get 2/3’s and the Runner-up will get 1/3 of entry fee total. The more teams that enter, the bigger the prizes!
    • The culmination of all your hard work is a screening of your film at The State Theatre. All submitted films (both late and on-time) will be screened on Saturday, September 28th, at 9am. After the screening, we will have a short panel discussion about the films and a cash award presentation.
    • The Judges’ Choice from the eligible HHM Film Slam will replay during the Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival during the Michigan Shorts Program also at The State Theatre on Saturday, September 28, 2019, directly following the awards.

    This is a Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival event.


    Because you will learn a lot about filmmaking in a short amount of time with the most fun.


    Kick-off – 7pm Friday, September 20, 2019
    Filmmaking – For the next 48 hours
    Deadline – 7pm Sunday, September 22, 2019

    Viewing – Friday, September 28, 2019 at 9am


    Kick-off will be at the HHM Office,
    721 Washington Ave. – Suite 203,
    Bay City, Michigan 48708

    Filming locations will be up to you to secure.


    $50 per team, all proceeds go toward the cash awards. Hell’s Half Mile Events, is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and expanding the art of independent film, music, and entertainment.

    This year we are going to limit this competition to 10 teams, the number of members in each team can vary. We are planning on setting up a database for individuals to express talents and interest, thus helping with team development.

    Although it’s easiest to have a producer, you do not need a production company to participate but you will need a team name and a team leader.

    All creative process must take place during the Official Time Period. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Writing the script
    • Rehearsing
    • Costume/Set Design
    • Shooting
    • Editing
    • Sound Design
    • Rendering
    • Uploading

    Things that can be established prior to kick-off are:

      • Scouting and securing locations
      • Securing equipment
      • Organizing cast
      • Organizing crew