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Lexington Film School Classroom

Whether in-person or online. Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.

Film Connection is:
film education upgraded for the 21st century
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In the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, you will study directing, producing and screenwriting as you develop your movie idea with a professional filmmaker. Then, upon meeting the necessary requirements, you will be given the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles or New York and pitch your film idea to an executive who could buy or get your movie made.

Film Production & Editing Details

In the Film Connection for Cinematography program, you will learn the techniques involved in capturing a moving image and will start to develop “the eye of the DP.” The cinematographer is literally the set ‘magician.’ DPs are responsible for the technological wizardry required to get the needed shots and to shape light to achieve the director’s desired artistic effect.

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We provide job placement services.


Other students learn in classrooms...

OUR students learn in:


REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies


Where jobs get filled.

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.
To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.

We're here to help.

We provide job placement services.

Find Out Why

Other students learn in classrooms...

OUR students learn in the same places where jobs get filled.


REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.

To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.

(800) 600-6956

We're here to help.

Lexington Film School

Film Connection Locations

Our "Near Me" Lexington Film School Filmmaker Locations

  • Highlands
  • Willow Oak
  • Skycrest
  • Chevy Chase
  • Pasadena
  • Claymont
  • Ashland Park
  • Deerfield
  • Rabbit Run
  • Kenwick
  • Woodhill
  • Spindletop
  • Hartland
  • Gainesway
  • Fairway
  • Eastland
  • Copperfield
  • Galberith
  • Griffin Gate
  • Georgetown
  • Midway
  • Clintonville
  • Paris
  • Nicholasville
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Real World
Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our mentor-taught programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of ordinary film schools and programs. Work directly with an accomplished industry filmmaker at a film production company or receive direct one-on-one training online.


Film Connection’s mentor styled education is a cost-effective approach to real-world, curriculum backed education in film production and editing and cinematography.


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$12,750** Tuition
$0* Loan Interest


$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

**Total cost varies by program
*Average Accrued Interest Charges
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About Our Lexington Film School Film School Alternative

Our fully-immersive curriculum
covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

Learn filmmaking in the real world with the Film Connection’s mentored externship-based approach. We make building relationships an integral part of what we do.

Hardware and Equipment

Film Connection mentors work in the real world where the competition is fierce and having the right gear matters. As an extern you have access to the latest hardware and tools of the trade.

On-Set Etiquette

Knowing how to handle yourself on the set is a prerequisite for careers in the film industry. Your mentor will guide you through proper etiquette during real film shoots.

Making Movies

We believe the whole point of going to any film school or certificate program should be to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie. Our Film Production & Editing curriculum is designed around this concept, from start to finish.

What is the Next Step?

We get it. This isn’t your normal four-year college requiring coursework not associated with your area of interest. We are a post-secondary institution or trade school that's different in its approach. Here's how you can get more info:

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The Film Scene in Lexington Film School

The Lexington Film School, Kentucky Film Connection Film School Alternative

Movies, man. Where do you start when you want to break in? If you’ve tried you may have found you can’t get work until you have an agent. And you can’t get an agent until you’re working. So how do you get established in an industry that works this way? It’s insane.

Film Connection in Lexington, Kentucky is a film school alternative that doesn’t put you in a traditional classroom. Instead, we match our students with experienced filmmakers for a eduation that’s geared towards placing them in prime postion to gain insight, skills, and the local connections which can enable them to build experience and get working in film, television, new media, and more. For more than thirty years, Film Connection has been providing an alternative to typical film school education at a college, university, or conventional trade school program. Our signature blended education model combines in-industry, in person lessons and observation with online coursework.

Film Connection pairs you with a screenwriter, and editor, and two mentors who will help you craft your very own idea for a movie into a presentable script that’s ready to pitch. By the time you complete your program of enrollment with Film Connection, you’ll have a complete, developed, polished screenplay, two fully produced scenes, and a sizzle reel or trailer for your film.

Oftentimes, traditional film schools are time intensive and expensive. When it comes to getting a job in the industry, the vast majority of film schools do not do a whole lot when it comes to showing their students what it takes to network, build credits, and get hired. Are you considering going to film school so that you can get a job making movies? Or, maybe you want to know what it takes to make your own webseries to stream online, or perhaps getting your show on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or any of today’s hot content producers and streaming services is where it’s at for you. Consider your ultimate goals not matter how big they might be. Then, know this: chances are, you’re going to have to start in just the same way so many of today’s working professionals did, at the entry level, as a production assistant or assistant in some capacity. Knowing what it takes to be of value on actual working productions is key.

With Film Connection you get industry-oriented assignments and direct training with your mentor. You also have remote lessons with your screenwriting mentor, a professional, experienced screenwriter who works with you on your idea so that you can learn, firsthand, what it takes to develop an idea into a solid story concept, then bring that concept to the page, and ultimately, into the minds of the pros who read it. Beyond reaching “The End,” our Film Connection for Film Production & Editing Program will even show you how to copywrite that screenplay, pitch it, and more.

That’s not all. If you so desire, upon completion of your screenplay into polished, ready to present format and your graduation from Film Connection, we will set you up to meet with a real studio executive for you to pitch your movie to. Yep, that’s right. We get you in the room with a decision maker who has the power to option, buy, or produce your film.

To APPLY for our Lexington film school alternative, click here.

Lexington is Kentucky’s second largest city, anchoring a metropolitan area of nearly half a million people. Perhaps best known for its equestrian industry, Lexington is often called the Horse Capital of the World. Numerous entertainment industry people have hailed from this area, including singer Naomi Judd (and her daughter Ashley Judd, the actress), musicians Vince Gill and Troy Gentry, and actors Steve Zahn and Jim Varney (better known as the comical character Ernest). With plenty of beautiful natural scenery within driving distance, close proximity to cities like Cincinnati and Louisville, and lots of film activity around, Lexington makes a good alternative for aspiring film producers, film directors and film editors who would rather not relocate to the craziness of southern California.

Many major movies, commercials, TV shows and documentaries have been filmed in Lexington and other parts of Kentucky on a regular basis.  Just a few of the films that have been shot in and around Lexington include Secretariat, Seabiscuit, Unrequited, and classic movies such as Goldfinger, The Flim-Flam Man, and The Asphalt Jungle. Television production is no stranger to Lexington, either; among the television shows that have shot episodes around here are Made In America, and WWF Raw.

Film Connection’s innovative approach will place you for mentoring with a working professional in Lexington’s film or television industry, for a six-month, hands-on program that will give you valuable experience and lots of industry connections. Many of our graduates find permanent employment in the industry, often even before they leave our program. Find out how Lexington Film Connection can jump start your film career!

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Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school alternative is endorsed by filmmakers who are making movies, maybe even the movies you love.

Professionals in the film business—including famous producers, screenwriters and directors—endorse Film Connection’s programs for one simple reason: they know our real-world method works.

Hans Zimmer

From his early days in pop music, Hans has written original scores for such films as Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), Gladiator (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2005) Sherlock Holmes (2009) and over 100 others.

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Joel Schumacher

Joel Schumacher and RRF have donated to The Endometriosis Foundation of America. This group aims to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research.

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Larry King

The Film Connection was recently invited onto the Larry King program to talk about how our externship program is making a difference by connecting our students and getting them hired.

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Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew and RRF have helped Tracey Wilson, a former gang member, get into film school, and are now helping him make his first documentary about getting your GED and going to college.

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Judi Levine

Sundance Award-winning Producer of the Academy Award-winning film, The Sessions.

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Judge Mathis

Judge Mathis and RRF are helping inner city youth get educated through the RRF program.

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Sandy Stern

Credits: Being John Malkovich, Saved! and Velvet Goldmine.

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Henry Bromell

Henry Bromell produced, created, directed the series Homeland, and has written and produced the television dramas Northern Exposure, I’ll Fly Away, Homicide: Life on the Street, Chicago Hope, Carnivale, Brotherhood, Rubicon, and Homeland.

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Paul Guay

Credits: Liar Liar, The Little Rascals, Hearbreakers

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Evan Astrowsky

“I went to a good film school, but the day I graduated I had no idea what to do. No one wanted to hand me thousands of dollars to direct or produce anything so I had to figure it out on my own.”

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Ron Osborn

Credits: The West Wing, Meet Joe Black, Duckman

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Doug Eboch

Credits: Sweet Home Alabama, The Hollywood Pitching Bible

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