This isn’t a boring Alpena film school classroom. This isn’t an overcrowded college laboratory. This is life. Real Life. YOUR LIFE.

There’s a film school right here in Alpena, MI…and it rocks! That’s because the Alpena Film Connection offers industry networking opportunities in addition to a top-notch film education. Don’t waste your time or money on big city programs that offer nothing but theories and student films. We’ve got your connection to local filmmaking professionals who will mentor you in their studios or production houses.

Get Real World Film Production Experience in Alpena

Choose our 6-month program if you want to be behind the scenes or select our 8-month director program. Aspiring directors get to not only work with local and dream mentors in Los Angeles, they’ll be flown out to L.A. so they can pitch their best ideas to industry executives who have the power to greenlight a project if it has legs. Sound like something you can get into? Don’t wait. Unleash your creativity on the world today!

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Adam Weber

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

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Our Alpena Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

Alpena, Michigan is located along scenic Lake Huron in the northeast corner of Michigan’s lower peninsula. Hosting a population of about 10,000 people, it is a cultural and commercial center for northern Michigan, its main industries being fishing and limestone mining. Surrounded by natural beauty, this rural area is a great spot for location shooting, and the State of Michigan sweetens the pot with tax incentives up to a whopping 42 percent for qualified film projects. If you are thinking of a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, Alpena, Michigan can be a surprising alternative to relocation elsewhere–especially with FILM CONNECTION to hook you up with one of Alpena’s production companies.

Don’t Spend More on your Film Education if You Don’t Have to

Some of the films shot in Alpena and the surrounding regions of Michigan include Die Hard 2, Locked Away, Somewhere in Time, and the classic Anatomy of a Murder, to name a few. Some television productions that have taken place in this area include episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Dirty Jobs.

FILM CONNECTION Film School in Alpena, MI offers an inexpensive, six month course that pairs you with a working film or television professional, who will give you hands-on, one-on-one training in real film and video shoots. Along the way, you’ll make valuable connections with other industry professionals, the ones who do the hiring.  Our system works! Many FILM CONNECTION graduates get hired before or shortly after graduation. You owe it to yourself to see what our Alpena Film School can do for your career.

Learn the skills you need to take your idea from paper to the big screen.

Real world film education by filmmakers for filmmakers, optimized for today!


Success stories

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