What is the 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 4-7 minute short film  — script through submission — in just 2 days!

This is an opportunity for filmmakers of all levels to make a film in one weekend, then have screen it at the State Theatre just two weeks later, during the Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival. 

Following the HHM Film Slam screening, we will announce our judges’ pick, which will be presented during the Michigan Shorts program at Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival. How cool is that?

Judges’ Choice wins CASH and HHM All-Access Festival passes.

This competition is limited to 10 teams of up to 10 members.

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.”

HHM Film Slam – September 14-16, 2018

Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival – September 27-30, 2018


  • 1. Register and gather your team


    • Register your team on the HHM Film Slam registration page, www.HHMFilmSlam.com/team. You can gather up to 10 key team members or, if you are brave enough, go solo. If you would like to be part of a team we will help pair you up. After submitting your team registration and the $100 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. Paperwork will be required for waiver and releases for cast members, locations, music and special effects.
  • 2. Friday Night Kickoff

    6pm – 7pm on September 14, 2018

    • 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.
  • 4. Sunday Night Film Submission

    7pm on September 16, 2018

    • Your film must be between 4 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 29, 2018 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 the HHM Michigan Shorts Series following our Film Slam viewing, placing it in a position for immediate Festival recognition.
  • 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.
    • The overall winning film, selected by the HHM Film Slam Judges, will receive a cash prize of up to $500 and up to 10 All-Access Passes for Saturday & Sunday films, music, and parties!
    • Your $100 registration fee goes to your cash prize award and gets you get up to 10 Film Access passes to all HHM films you wish to attend. Films are seated first come, first serve, so show up early to your favorite picks!
    • The culmination of all your hard work is a screening of your film at The State Theatre during Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival. All submitted films (both late and on-time) will be screened on Saturday, September 29th at 9am.
    • The Judges’ Choice from the eligible HHM Film Slam shorts will replay during the HHM Michigan Shorts film series, also at The State Theatre on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 11am.

    Awards and recognition will be posted on the HHM Film Slam website


    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 – 7 pm Friday, Sept. 14, 2018
    Filmmaking – For the next 48 hours
    Deadline – 7 pm Sunday, Sept.16, 2018

    Viewing – 9 am Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018


    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.


    $100 per team, proceeds go to awards and to Hell’s Half Mile Events, a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and expanding the art of independent film, music, and entertainment.

    For more information please contact coordinator Tammie Stimpfel at info@hhmfilmslam.com


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      Good Harbor Blue LLC is an independent motion picture production company in Mid-Michigan.

      Private Group / 4 members
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      This public group has been created for making connections with other filmmakers. You never know who you might meet.

      Public Group / 3 members
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      Team 2

      Private Group / 3 members
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      Team 4

      Private Group / 3 members
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      Private Group / 2 members
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      Group of High schoolers and graduates

      Private Group / 2 members


    This is a first time event, so bear with us as we work out details. Please direct questions to Tammie via email: info@hhmfilmslam.com.

    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