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Hell s Half Mile Film and Music Festival

7th Annual Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival\

October 04, 2012 to October 07, 2012


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 6th Annual Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival

Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival is now accepting submissions for our 6th annual festival, taking place from September 29, 2011 to October 2, 2011


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More than an event for those who simply appreciate film and music, it's a grassroots effort to develop a community that participates in the arts. The festival idea developed from a "wouldn't it be great..." conversation, into "we can do it" action. We hope our actions will inspire others to develop new arts and culture opportunities in our community.

HHM Fest is a cooperative effort of individuals and partners who, under the umbrella of the non-profit Bay Arts Council, host the events, participate in planning, donate their time and material support


What's with the name?

In the late 1800's, a stretch of Bay City's riverfront was lined with raucous saloons and two-bit hotels where turn-of-the-century loggers and shipmen would go to blow off steam and take in more than a little local color. This strip was known as Hell's Half Mile.

Time has passed, but the same rough-and-tumble spirit of the day is reborn in the Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival. Today, the city boasts a beautiful downtown riverfront with boutiques, restaurants, theatres, pubs, hotel accommodations and other points of interest....a state of the art planetarium, art galleries, a thriving business community, and an active shipping lane for Great Lakes freighters...Downtown Bay City is alive with activity.


Filmmaker Benefits

HHM provides travel and accommodations to a limited number of attending filmmakers, and All Access passes, parties and more to all attending filmmakers. Some guests are put up in stately turn-of-the-century lumber baron mansions converted to bed & breakfasts providing a taste of Bay City's history. Guests are treated to tours of the historic town and encouraged to participate in panel discussions, receptions and other events.
Alan LaFave (Festival Registrar) ; Alan LaFave (Festival Registrar) ; Suzette Ulman 

The 6th HHM Film & Music Festival is open to all genres and categories (full length features, animation, shorts, documentaries, etc).

All entries must be submitted on DVD. Submissions will be returned at filmmakers expense only. For submission deadlines please see schedule. Extensions for submission may be made by contacting the show director. 

All submission fees are listed in the deadline/fee schedule. We recommend that entries submit press kits including a short synopsis, a filmmakers bio, a list of the principal cast and credits, a black/white productions still and any other media information available. All photos should be clearly identified on the back and will not be returned. Any photo submitted may be used for festival promotion. Electronic files preferred.


If selected, two copies of your film must be delivered to HHM by September 1, 2011 (proper screening format required)

No paper labels on DVDs

Submissions using the student fee MUST include a copy of a current student ID with the submission.

Non-English language films must have subtitles.

The number, date and time of screenings are at the discretion of the festival.

Film selection announcements will be made in mid August.  


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