Master the art of film production alongside an industry insider in a working Mankato studio. 1 mentor, just for you. Learn in the real world, build industry connections.

Calling all filmmakers! Now you can call action in good ole Mankato, Minnesota. That’s right. We said it. We are Film Connection Film School in Mankato, MN, bringing a whole new breed of Film School right to your front door. Sound Impossible? It’s beyond possible. We find a local Film Industry Mentor to guide you through in a hands-on way that the common film school only wishes they could teach. Film Connection. Totally different. Totally alternative.

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

Mankato, Minnesota is located in the southern part of the state, about an hour and a half southwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and is home to about 36,000 people. Although relatively small in size, it is also home to several production companies and is central to both urban and rural areas, making for diversity in locations for filming. If you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman–but would rather avoid the craziness of Los Angeles or New York–Mankato makes an excellent alternative spot to learn filmmaking, thanks to FILM CONNECTION.

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

Movies, commercials, TV productions, and documentaries are regularly filmed in Minnesota, including around the Mankato area. Some of the movies that have been filmed in this region include Drop Dead Gorgeous, A Serious Man, Fargo, and The Mighty Ducks, to name a few. Additionally, various television series have done episodes in the region, including The Biggest Loser, WWF Raw, and Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Get Real World Film Production Experience in Mankato

FILM CONNECTION Film School of Mankato offers an inexpensive, six-month course that places you with a working film or television professional who serves as your personal instructor. You’ll receive valuable hands-on training while making industry connections that can lead to permanent employment. Come and find out why many FILM CONNECTION graduates get hired before or shortly after graduation. Check out our Mankato film school alternative, and see what we can do for you!

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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