Submit Your Film

By on November 1, 2016

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At Hell’s Half Mile, our taste is eclectic, everything from quirky comedy to hard hitting documentary to emotional drama. Our goal is to find “the little film that could” — a bunch of them — and bring the filmmakers together to take over Bay City, MI. Our primary concern is community, and the filmmakers who attend our long weekend walk away with lifelong friends and future collaborators.

After eleven years, HHM organizers continue to strive to be an innovative festival for genuinely independent films and original music. This festival is about connecting the filmmaker and the festival-goer. Period. Well, and parties too.

Earlybird Deadline – January 15th, 2017
Regular Deadline – March 15th, 2017
Late Deadline – April 15th, 2017




For questions on film submissions for Hell’s Half Mile 2017, contact Programming Manager at Don Hessell


The Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival (HHM) is the perfect mix of independent film and live indie music. You may not have heard of us yet, but we’ll try to leave you with a lasting impression as we have with past guests…

“I don’t remember much of my two years going to Hell’s Half Mile. That’s how much fun I had.” – Rider Strong, “Cabin Fever” and two time HHM guest.

 “Hell’s Half Mile gives me warm feelings in my heart. The warm feeling in my pants is possibly unrelated. It’s worth every minute and it’s the kind of festival that you make movies for.” – Kenny Stevenson, writer and actor, “Love, Sex and Missed Connections”.

“Hell’s Half Mile is one of the wackiest, most welcoming and most unexpected festivals my films have had the privilege of playing at. It’s like a festival put on by your own dysfunctional family and just as awesome and fun.” – Jennifer Glynn, producer “Maria My Love”, “Timer”, “Mr. Stache”