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

The newest film school in Billings is unlike anything anywhere. We’re Billings Film Connection and we offer you real-world experience, not classroom instruction. We offer a unique 6-month behind-the-scenes program that will pair you with experienced mentors in your chosen concentration. Select our 8-month director track and you will be connected with local mentors and an additional dream mentor, a working industry pro in Los Angeles, who will regularly check in with you as you put together your film project. During the final week of the program, you will be flown out to L.A. to meet with your dream mentor and pitch your project to industry pros who greenlight projects regularly in Hollywood. That’s training, industry connections, and professional feedback for a fraction of what the other overhyped programs offer.

Get Real World Film Production Experience in Billings

Not only is Billings, Montana the largest city in the state, but it is also currently one of the nation’s fastest-growing communities, with a population of about 106,000 and a growth rate of nearly 18 percent during the past decade. The Billings area is home to a great diversity of beautiful natural scenery, including mountains, flatlands, rivers, forests and more–making it a great area for location filmmaking. Entertainment industry pros with ties to Billings include folk legend Arlo Guthrie, film director John Dahl, screenwriter T.J. Lynch, and actors Stanley Anderson and Wally Kurth. Several production companies call this area home, and Billings also benefits from Montana’s numerous incentive packages to attract filmmakers. If you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, Billings, Montana provides a suprising number of opportunities, and is a good alternative to relocation elsewhere.

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Adam Weber

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

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Our Billings Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

Movies, commercials, documentaries and TV shows are filmed throughout Montana on a regular basis, including in Billings and the surrounding regions.  Some of the films that have done location shooting here include Far and Away, Knockaround Guys, A Fork in the Road, True Colors, A River Runs Through It, and the classic film Little Big Man, to name a few. The Billings area has seen its share of television production also, including TV movie Son of the Morning Star and TV series The Amazing Race, among others.

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

The secret to FILM CONNECTION’s success is our mentor-extern approach. During our inexpensive, 6-month course, we hook you up with a working film or television professional who serves as your personal instructor. You’ll gain valuable hands-on experience, and make real-life industry contacts that can lead to permanent employment. Come find out why many of our graduates get hired! Enroll in Billings FILM CONNECTION today, and let us help jumpstart your career.

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

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Success stories

Since he started his extern program with Uptone Pictures in Raleigh, NC, Grant Gilbert has been taking…


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