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

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 an education that’s geared towards placing them in prime positions to gain insight, skills, and local connections which can enable them to build experience and get working in film, television, new media, and more. For over thirty years, Film Connection has provided 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.

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

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.

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

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Get Real World Film Production Experience in Lexington

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!

Our Lexington Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

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), filmians 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.

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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