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

If you thought there were no innovative Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Schools, you don’t know FILM CONNECTION. Our revolutionary program is the only one that gets you inside an actual Minneapolis-St. Paul film production company, where you will learn directing, producing, editing, camera, screenwriting or general production while working as a film student extern. Make no mistake, the smartest way to break into the film business in Minneapolis-St. Paul is by starting inside a Minneapolis-St. Paul film production company as a film extern. We’re the ones who can make that happen for you.

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

Why pay 50 thousand dollars or more to go to film school at a film trade school, when you can spend far less money and go to film school in a real production company in Minneapolis-St. Paul? Be smart, and get vital industry connections as you get educated by the pros. Our film school alternative is the smartest, most cost-effective way to launch your filmmaking career.

Accelerated timelines. Custom-made class descriptions and schedules. Working elbow to elbow with a professional, learning about the industry from the inside. Yes, there is required reading, quizzes, and exams – this is an educational institution after all. But everything else is tailored around you.

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Adam Weber

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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 Minneapolis

Nicknamed the Twin Cities, the metro area anchored by the state capital St. Paul and the adjoining city of Minneapolis hosts a combined population of over 3.5 million–making it the 13th largest metro area in America and the 16th biggest DMA. Besides hosting numerous film and television production companies, Minneapolis-St. Paul also offers both urban backgrounds and gorgeous natural scenery, making it ideal for location filmmaking. Many major movies, commercials, television shows and documentaries have been filmed in this area; if you want a career in filmmaking but don’t want to relocate to the craziness of Los Angeles, then the Minneapolis-St. Paul area can be an excellent choice for you.

Get Real World Film Production Experience in Minneapolis

The amount of professional film and television production activity in Minneapolis-St. Paul makes it a great connection point for both film students and filmmaking professionals–and that’s exactly what FILM CONNECTION is all about. Come find out why many of our graduates find permanent industry employment, sometimes getting hired even before they’re finished with school.

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Hours: M-F 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Film Connection

1720 Madison Street NE, Suite 304
Minneapolis, MN 55413

(612) 263-6590 GET STARTED

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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