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Paducah, KY 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.

Paducah, KY Film School

Film Connection Locations

Our "Near Me" Paducah, KY Film School Filmmaker Locations

  • Great Oaks
  • Springbrook
  • Littleville
  • Fairfield
  • Willow Lake
  • Coleman Place
  • Lower Town
  • Stinespring/Brookhaven
  • Lone Oak
  • Hendron
  • Massac
  • High Point
  • Reidland
  • West Paducah
  • Grahamville
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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 Paducah, KY 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 Paducah, KY Film School

The Paducah, KY Film School, Kentucky Film Connection Film School Alternative

Even though many people find the film industry alluring, knowing how to “break in” into the industry can be a mystery. Film Connection film school in Paducah, KY specializes in matching our students with professional filmmakers who give them real-world experience as externs inside of their own studios, on-location, and at production companies in the Paducah area.

Typical film schools can be expensive, time-consuming, and oftentimes do not provide a clear, commonsense approach to enabling hardworking students to gain a holistic understanding of what production is all about. Attending lectures, reading lots of books, and studying film critique and criticism can be interesting and enriching. Nevertheless, the conventional film school approach which culminates with that hard-earned diploma in hand usually leaves graduates as removed from the film and production industry as they were when they enrolled.

The Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program in Paducah places you as a student extern at a film production company in your area, where you receive direct, hands-on lessons with your mentor, an experienced filmmaker. That’s not all. During your six-month externship, you also receive direct coaching from a professional screenwriter on how to develop your own idea into a fully realized, polished screenplay. The Film Connection for Film Production & Editing curriculum covers numerous aspects of production including: shot-blocking, working with actors, lighting, grip and electric, interviewing, and how to “make your day.”

Because of our direct in-industry approach, we’re able to provide something most ordinary schools just can’t do. We place our students where they need to be to build their network and make connections in the Paducah area. In other words, building one’s experience, credits, and contacts with current, working film, television, and new media professionals is a priority, the Film Connection Paducah film school alternative is one to look into.

If a diploma and college experience is something you’re serious about, go to a traditional film school. If you’d rather jump in, train for a number of months, and receive curriculum-backed lessons that are geared precisely to grow your understanding and put you in a prime position to get a foothold in the industry, come to Film Connection.
To APPLY for our Paducah, KY film school alternative, click here.

Paducah, Kentucky is a small town of about 25,000 people, situated in western Kentucky where the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers connect. It is situated near both the Illinois and Missouri borders and is convenient both to plenty of beautiful outdoor scenery and to larger cities like Nashville and St. Louis–making it a strategic spot for finding good filming locations. Film schools are admittedly scarce in this part of the world (except for FILM CONNECTION, of course), but there are production companies that make their home in this area. If you desire to become a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, Paducah can serve as a surprising entryway to the business, as opposed to relocation to other filmmaking hotspots–provided you have some help from Film Connection.

Movies, commercials, TV shows, and documentaries are filmed regularly throughout Kentucky, including in the Paducah area. A few of the films that have been shot in Paducah or surrounding regions include The 3rd Floor, The River Rat, Secretariat, Stripes, and The Perfect Gift, just to name a few. Paducah was also a location site for several classic films, including How the West Was Won and Raintree County.

Imagine yourself working on one of these feature films; with Film Connection, you can train as a student extern inside of one of our externship facilities i.e. production studios in Paducah. Give yourself the benefit of a working professional who serves as your instructor, with whom you receive one on one lessons, and have the privilege of actually having conversations with. Get yourself into an environment where you can attain hands-on experience while you get to know the pros who are working now, in your area. Just read our newsletter or peruse our site to learn how so many of our students and graduates have gotten hired and launched careers they love. You could become one of them. Apply to Paducah Film Connection today, or reach out and call us at 1-800-755-7597, from Monday – Friday, Pacific time. Get in and you could be externing in the real world, even going on a local shoot before the month is up!

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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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