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

Whoa! A film school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa!? How did we do it? Well, first we combed the city for a working film industry professional. That person will direct you in your journey through the ultimate filmmaking crash course. In eight months you’ll meet and work with industry pros you could only dream of meeting on your own and work through the most wicked cool hands-on curriculum out there. No joke, this is as real as it gets. Film Connection. The ultimate film school.

Get Real World Film Production Experience in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids, Iowa is the second largest city in the state, second only to Des Moines.  Located in eastern Iowa, Cedar Rapids is recognized as a cultural center with museums, art galleries, theaters and even a symphony orchestra. This town has also been home to several entertainers, including actors Elijah Wood, Michael Emerson and Ashton Kutcher. Cedar Rapids is within driving distance of the Quad Cities area, Des Moines and St. Louis, making it a good central point for scouting film locations. If you are thinking of a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, Cedar Rapids can be a surprising alternative to relocation, especially with FILM CONNECTION to help plug you in.

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Adam Weber

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Our Cedar Rapids Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

Some of the movies that have been filmed in Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas include Starman, Miles from Home, Field of Dreams, Twister, Pennies from Heaven, Noises Off and numerous others.

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

FILM CONNECTION Film School of Cedar Rapids offers an inexpensive, six month course that hooks you up with a working film or television professional who serves as your personal instructor. Not only will you gain real-world experience on film and video shoots, you will also gain vital industry connections. No wonder many of our graduates get hired, even before graduating. Check out Cedar Rapids FILM CONNECTION and see what you have to gain.

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

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


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