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

The movie business is notoriously hard to gain traction in. It’s impossibly hard to break in. You have to meet people, impress them, prove that you are trustworthy, and then maybe they’ll give you work.

Or you could go to the Film Connection Film School in Wichita, Kansas, and not worry about any of that.

The Film Connection wants to be in the business of YOU. That is to say, we want to help you make the movie you want to make. Do you have the next great romantic comedy? Perfect, we’ll pair you with someone who is currently working in that genre, and then we’ll get started.

We’ll also pair you with a screenwriter and an editor, to ensure that the work you produce will be of the highest quality.

And the final piece of awesomeness? We set up a meeting for you with a real studio executive. And you’re going to pitch him your movie.

Yeah, we thought you’d like that last bit.

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

Located in south-central Kansas along the Arkansas River, the city of Wichita is the largest in the state, hosting a population exceeding 350,000 people. About 40 miles upriver, the town of Hutchinson is home to about 40,000 people. This region has become known as a cultural center; Wichita hosts a symphony orchestra, art galleries, and several museums situated in a scenic area around the river. Numerous media/entertainment people have hailed from this area, including filmian Joe Walsh, actors Kirstie Alley, and Don Johnson, and film director Richard Thorpe. Several film or television production companies are located in the area, and the Wichita or Hutchinson area encourages filmmaking through a local film commission and the famed Tallgrass Film Festival. If you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, Wichita provides a surprising alternative to relocation to media hubs like L.A. or New York–especially with FILM CONNECTION to get you in the door.

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Some of the well-known movies that have been filmed in Wichita, Hutchinson, or surrounding areas include The Big Kahuna, Twister, Mars Attacks!, Dancing on the Moon, and two of the Sarah Plain and Tall television movies (Skylark and Winter’s End). Other television productions filmed here include episodes of Cops! and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

With the strong professional connections and relationships we’ve forged over the years, FILM CONNECTION is in a unique position to help fulfill your dreams of a career in the film and tv industry. Our innovative mentor-extern approach offers hands-on, one-on-one training while helping students make vital industry contacts. Many FILM CONNECTION graduates find permanent industry employment, often even before they finish their schooling. You owe it to yourself to see what our Wichita-Hutchinson, Kansas FILM CONNECTION can do for your career.

Our Wichita Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

“This past week my mentor and I continued to work on some of his projects that he has been working on. My mentor is really good about teaching me the easy way to do things, as well as making sure I know that there are several different ways to accomplish something. This week my mentor and I worked on a wedding reception and a charity event highlighted on film. I got to learn how to do lower thirds, which are going to be very important. There are several pages in my notebook full of handy notes for myself, which I will read over constantly to understand better and better. I am inspired because I have never made something that I can truly be proud of and that is what I want to do.”

— Luke Knolla, Wichita, Kansas

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