This isn’t a boring Columbia 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 the Columbia, Missouri area and it’s waiting for you! Film Connection is the only school that provides an opportunity to work alongside local filmmakers during your education. Choose the 6-month behind-the-scenes track and local industry professionals in your concentration will be your personal mentors. Or instead, enroll in our 8-month director’s track. Here you’ll write, shoot, and edit your own project under your mentors’ guidance and then fly out to Los Angeles during your final week to meet with a dream mentor who will help you develop a killer pitch for your project.

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Get Real World Film Production Experience in Columbia

The cities of Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri are roughly thirty miles apart from each other, located near the geographic center of the state. Jefferson City serves as the state capital, its scenic capital dome overlooking the Missouri River. Taken together, the two cities have a combined population of around 150,000 people. The Columbia-Jefferson City area has quite a diversity of natural scenery, with mountains, flatlands, rivers, caves, and rock formations all within a fairly small radius–making it a prime area for interesting location shots.  Additionally, this area is about equally distant from Kansas City to the west and St. Louis to the east, which makes it a convenient connection point for both. Add to that the presence of several production companies in the area, and a generous tax incentive plan offered by the state of Missouri to attract filmmakers, and the Columbia-Jefferson City area becomes a surprisingly good alternative spot for aspiring film directors, film producers, and film editors looking to get an education.

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Adam Weber

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

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Our Columbia Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

Movies, TV shows, commercials, and documentaries are filmed on a regular basis throughout Missouri. Some of the movies that have been filmed in the Columbia-Jefferson City area and surrounding regions of Missouri include Eight Days and Six Hours, Submission, Box Elder, A Horrible Way to Die, Up in the Air, and The Silence of the Lambs, just to name a few.

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, you’ll be paired with a working film or television professional who serves as your personal instructor, giving you hands-on training on real film and video shoots. You’ll also make vital industry contacts along the way, which can lead to permanent employment.  Our system works, too! Many of our graduates get hired in the industry, often before they even finish our program. You owe it to yourself to see what FILM CONNECTION of the Columbia-Jefferson City can do for you!

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

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