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

The rumors are true, there’s a film school in Ottumwa, Iowa. And not just any old film school. The coolest most inventive way to get hands-on experience working with industry pros. A program like no other. Eight months of a film intensive leaves you with unbelievable connections and know-how. We get you to the finish line faster and more affordable than anyone else. Film Connection. The alternative. The solution.

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

Located in southeast Iowa not far from the Missouri and Illinois state lines, Ottumwa, Iowa is a small town with a population of around 25,000 people.  Despite its small size, this area sees plenty of media attention; thanks to the famed Iowa Caucuses, Ottumwa receives regular visits from presidential candidates during election years. Additionally, numerous major cities are conveniently within driving range of Ottumwa, including Des Moines, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Chicago–making it a good centralized hub for location filmmaking. If you desire a career as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, but would rather not relocate to the craziness of L.A., Ottumwa can be a surprisingly pleasant alternative.

Numerous films have been shot in Ottumwa and the surrounding regions, including The Bag Man, Through the Night, Legend Has It, The Crazies, The Bridges of Madison County, and Twister, just to name a few.

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Get Real World Film Production Experience in Ottumwa

FILM CONNECTION Film School of Ottumwa offers an inexpensive, six-month course that will pair you with a working film or television professional who serves as your personal instructor. While you gain real-life experience on film and video shoots, you’ll also make vital industry contacts that can lead to permanent employment. In fact, many FILM CONNECTION graduates get hired before or shortly after graduation. Make no mistake, no one in Ottumwa can help you make these connections better than FILM CONNECTION.  Check us out!

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Our Ottumwa Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

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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