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.
These rules may change at any time prior to the beginning of the Official Time Period. Be sure to also read the FAQs.
This 72-Hour HHM Film Slam event will occur in the Bay City, MI area between Friday, March 20 at 7pm and Monday, March 23 at 7pm. This is the Official Time Period.
Join us at 6 pm on Friday, March 20, 2020, at the Hell’s Half Mile Headquarters located at 701 Washington Ave, Suite 203, for the Criteria Kickoff we will cut you loose at 7 pm to begin writing your script!
The participating group/team must complete its film/video work in time to have it uploaded it to a location to be announced or dropped off in person to Ohno Design, on Monday, March 23, by 7pm. Only works that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition and eligible for the cash award prize.
All films received (on-time and late) will be screened at The State Theatre on Friday, March 27, during Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival.
All creativity must take place during the Official Time Period. Any creative work in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to:
The only work to begin prior to the Official Time Period is:
All cast and crew must be volunteers.
All footage, including animation and special effects, must be shot within the Official Time Period of the project.
No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used unless the footage is part of a post-production effect or on a background monitor, such as a television, as long as the team has rights to the stock footage and the stock footage is placed over or under footage that is shot within the Official Time Period.
Pre-made sequences or compositions that are available to all via purchase or download are permitted if a majority of your film’s frames contain content created within the Official Time Period. The pre-made portion of the sequence may not include people or other performers.
Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them. The photos do not need to be created during the Official Time Period.
Permissible stock footage, permissible pre-made sequences, and still photographs must all be accompanied by a Materials Release demonstrating that the team has rights to use them.
Each participating group will be assigned required elements that must appear in its film, these include a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue.
To qualify as an Official Entry, each group’s film must:
Cast and Crew safety: Please don’t ruin a fun weekend shoot with careless choices in action.
Animal safety, like cast and crew safety, is important. Do not harm animals in the making of your film.
Blatant disregard for safety is grounds for dismissal from the competition.
Any type of video or film camera may be used, including an iPhone. Also, there is no limit to the number of cameras you can use.
Although it’s amazing when you can involve a composer and/or musicians to write and record music for your films, we realize that is not always feasibile. It is permissible for a participating group to use pre-recorded music; however the participating group must have the rights to any music used in its film and must provide releases for all music used.
As with music, pre-recorded sound effects are allowed, but again you must have rights to use them.
Any pre-recorded music or sound effects should be referenced in your Materials Release forms.
The finished film must be a minimum of 3 minutes in duration, and a maximum of 7 minutes in duration—not including end credits. In other words, the official running time begins after the required HHM Film Slam denotation slates and ends prior to the end credits. The required slates and the end credits do not count towards the minimum time of 3 minutes. The film story may not be longer than 7 minutes.
Required beginning Opening Credits:
Credits at the end of each film are limited to 1 minute.
A film may be up to 7 minutes long, with an additional 1 minute of credits, for a total running time not to exceed 8 minutes.
The end credits must include the words: This film was made for the HHM Film Slam, www.HHMFilmSlam.com, a film competition created in association with Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival, www.HellsHalfMile.com.
End with 4 seconds of black.
For any future screenings, online or otherwise, films should retain the end credit that says: This film was made for the HHM Film Slam, www.HHMFilmSlam.com, a film competition created in association with Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival, www.HellsHalfMile.com.
Late films will not be considered for judging awards.
Each team must obtain releases for cast, crew, music, locations, and third-party materials used, which must be turned in to the project organizers with the finished film. The film will not be screened before the HHM Film Slam Organizers receive the signed releases.
To be eligible for judging, films must be the original work of your Team; must not infringe third-party’s rights; must be suitable for publication (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent); must not contain obscene or pornographic material; may not contain defamatory statements about any person, company, organization or entity; may not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity; may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements (other than as owned by the participant, HHM Film Slam, and/or Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Fest).
Shorts containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the HHM Film Slam, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate, or otherwise non-compliant, will be disqualified. HHM Film Slam reserves the right to make the final determination as to which Entries are eligible. HHM Film Slam reserves the right to refuse to screen a film or to make an announcement at the screening regarding the content of the film. HHM Film Slam reserves the right to alter a film in order to remove or delete offensive or defamatory content.
Teams should not distribute their entry/video in any way prior to it receiving its official HHM Film Slam premiere screening. This includes uploading the video to any website or screening the film for groups of anyone other than your Team.
No entries (media or documents) will be returned. Please keep copies of your film and documentation if your choose to distribute after the competition.