Hell's Half Mile is a perfect mix of independent films and live indie music over 4 days in downtown Bay City, Michigan. We welcome many film directors, producers, and actors to our town to celebrate festivities with us with receptions, parties, and filmmaker panels. Our films include all genres of film, such as drama, comedy, thriller, romance, documentary, and animation. This festival is about connecting the filmmaker and the festival-goer, and creating a great experience. There's many ways to experience Hell's Half Mile. You can visit downtown Bay City and enjoy a film or two, or spend the weekend with us and get a festival pass. Either way, once you've been to Hell's Half Mile once, you'll return every year. What's with the name? In the late 1800s, a stretch of Bay City’s riverfront was lined with raucous saloons and two-bit hotels. 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, hotels, 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.