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

If you thought there were no film schools in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, or the Mitchell area, look again! We’re FILM CONNECTION, the only Sioux Falls Film School that gets you working inside an actual Sioux Falls film production company as a film student extern. You’ll learn directing, producing, editing, and more as you work on real film and video shoots alongside the pros. Make no mistake, in Sioux Falls, the smartest way to get started in film is to work as a film extern in a Sioux Falls film production company–and that’s where we come in!


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

The city of Sioux Falls is a vibrant, growing city, having grown by over 27% in the last decade alone. Currently, Sioux Falls host a population of around 158,000 people, with a surrounding metro area of around 238,000. About an hour and a half west along I-90, the town of Mitchell hosts a quieter community of around 15,000 people. Together, these towns offer a variety of filmmaking opportunities, including urban areas, historic landmarks, and the falls along the Big Sioux River, from which Sioux Falls derives its name. If you are looking at a career in film as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, Sioux Falls holds more opportunities than you might think.

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Get Real World Film Production Experience in Sioux Falls SD

Movies, commercials, TV shows, and documentaries are filmed all over South Dakota regularly, including in the Sioux Falls-Mitchell area. Some examples include the films Almost Destiny, Class President, and Under the Influence. Regionally, the greater South Dakota area has been the film site for such movies as Into the Wild, Starship Troopers, Hidalgo, and the classic TV series Gunsmoke.

Our Sioux Falls SD Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

With our many professional connections and relationships forged over the years, FILM CONNECTION is in a unique position to get you on the inside track of a film career. Our secret is the mentor-extern approach, where your instructor is a working film or TV professional who gives you one-on-one training, helping you make valuable connections along the way. Many FILM CONNECTION graduates go on to permanent jobs in the industry. You owe it to yourself to 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…


Please take the time to read the experiences of one of our own, Korey Hehn of Pineville, OR…


The Film Connection program provided me with an opportunity to "see it and believe it"!…


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