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

We’re Film Connection film school in South Bend, Indiana and we’re the best film program around. Why? Because we prepare our students for a career in the filmmaking industry by giving them real-world experience. The cornerstone of our program is professional mentorships. Whether you’re working on our 6-month behind-the-scenes course or our more extensive 8-month directors course, you’ll be partnered up with working professionals who will meet with you in their studios or production houses. Students in the director program are also flown out to L.A. during the last week of their studies to meet with industry mentors who will sharpen their pitch in preparation for a meeting with an industry executive. No other school will or can offer such an immersive experience.

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

South Bend, Indiana, along with nearby Elkhart, are two cities located in northeastern Indiana, close to the Michigan border, a short drive east of Chicago, and about two and a half hours north of Indianapolis. Taken together, their combined population is about 150,000 people. The South Bend-Elkhart area’s close proximity to several major cities, along with the presence of several film or television production companies locally, make this area a good alternative to get a film school education without having to relocate.

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

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Get Real World Film Production Experience in South Bend

Some of the movies that have been filmed in the South Bend-Elkhart area, and surrounding regions, include Con Air, Rudy, Public Enemies, Goodfellas, Pearl Harbor, A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010 remake), and Richie Rich–just to name a few.

Our South Bend Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

With strong professional connections and relationships forged over the years, FILM CONNECTION is in a unique position to help you get started in the film or television industry. We place you with a local working film or television professional right there in South Bend or Elkhart, who gives you hands-on experience, one-on-one mentoring, and vital industry connections. Our system works, too! Over seventy percent of our graduates get permanent positions in the industry. Come and find out 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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