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

The Film Connection school in Honolulu is an innovative approach to film education. It offers comprehensive programs for aspiring filmmakers of all levels, from complete beginners to experienced professionals. It’s one of the few film schools that provides a unique and immersive learning experience, allowing you to learn from industry professionals as you produce your own projects.

The Honolulu Film Connection gives you the opportunity to get real-world experience in the industry while learning the tricks of the trade from a seasoned professional. By getting you out of the classroom and into the field, you’ll see how movies are made in today’s world by today’s filmmakers. Whether you want to work in the industry as part of a crew or sharpen your skills to make your own films, our film school in Honolulu is an ideal choice.

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

You will have access to not just courses but also hands-on instruction and experience with real-world equipment, enabling you to take your skillset to the next level. Mentors consist of professional filmmakers who specialize in cinematography, editing, producing, directing, and much more. Hands-on learning ensures that you gain practical knowledge and develop your skills organically.

What makes more sense: learning about filmmaking in lectures or on the set? Sitting in front of a teacher or working side-by-side with your mentor? Waiting for your turn with the equipment during designated lab time or being fully immersed in a production company and all the gear they have to offer? Film Connection offers real-life training while you learn, things you just can’t get in a classroom setting.

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Adam Weber

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Daniel Lir

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

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Alejandra Huerta

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Daniela Larsen

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Get Real World Film Production Experience in Honolulu

Our Honolulu film school teaches everything you’d expect in a film institute, from directing and cinematography to editing and screenwriting and post-production. But instead of working on classroom projects, you’ll be working on projects that you’ll see in a theater, on broadcast TV, or on any number of streaming services. You’ll learn how to deal with uncooperative weather, dead camera batteries, and any number of surprises that can pop up on location.

But you can also learn about the business side of the industry and everything else that goes along with film production. How to hire cast and crew, how to secure funding, how to stick to a budget, and more. There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to making a movie, and we can take your existing skills and transform them into real-life careers.

Our Honolulu Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

Although Hawaii offers an amazing amount of backdrops for filmmaking, you might think you still have to head to entertainment hubs like New York or L.A. to get the education you need to make movies. But you don’t have to pick up and move to the mainland, find a place to live, and figure out how to pay for it all if you don’t want to. The Honolulu Film Connection has everything you need to pursue a career here in your own backyard.

And with remote learning opportunities, you can still get that unbeatable one-on-one extern/mentor relationship in your home. We’ve developed a curriculum that gives students like you more access to world-class education without upending your life. And the connections you make on the set will help you find work at the end of the program or help you make your movie

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

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Success stories

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