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

A career in the movie industry is a pretty difficult thing to come by, right? You have to know people. How do you meet people? How do you get yourself out there?

The Film Connection Film School in Yakima, Washington is how.

The Film Connection will team you up with working industry professionals who will show you the ropes and give you valuable industry experience. The key difference between the Film Connection and traditional film schools is that they don’t care about anything that happens after you graduate. The Film Connection is structured to ensure that you have lasting relationships with your mentors.

The goal of the Film Connection is to facilitate your desires. What is the movie that YOU want to make and how can we help?

By the end of our program, you have a finished screenplay, two fully produced scenes, and a trailer for your feature film.

And the best part? The end of our course is you, flying out to Hollywood and pitching your movie to a studio exec. What film school gives you that kind of opportunity?

Film Connection. Film Connection is the only film school that gives you that kind of opportunity.

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

Located in south-central Washington state, the city of Yakima is home to about 84,000 people but anchors a metro area of over 200,000. About an hour and a half to the east, the cities of Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick form another metropolitan area called the Tri-Cities area, home to another 230,000 people. Agriculture and food processing form the lion’s share of the economy in this region, especially in the growing of apples, grapes, and hops for beer. The Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick region offers a diversity of backdrops for location filmmaking, including mountains, plains, and high desert areas.

Meet Our Mentors

Adam Weber

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Daniel Lir

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

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Alejandra Huerta

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Daniela Larsen

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Get Real World Film Production Experience in Yakima

Washington state offers generous rebates as incentives for filmmakers, and as a result sees numerous movies, commercials, TV shows, and documentaries filmed on location, including in the Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick area. Some of the films that have done location filming here and in the surrounding regions include Late Autumn, The Man In the Maze, and Dancer in the Dark, to name a few. If you are looking at a career in film as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, the Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick offers a surprising amount of opportunity–and FILM CONNECTION can help you.

Our Yakima Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

The secret to our success is our mentor-extern approach. During our inexpensive, 6-month course, you’ll be paired with a working film or television professional who serves as your personal instructor and mentor, giving you hands-on training on real film and video shoots. Thus, we put you close to the action in ways other film schools can’t–helping you make important contacts that can lead to permanent employment. Let Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick FILM CONNECTION show you why many of our graduates get hired! Enroll now, and you could be next!

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Hours: M-F 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Film Connection

1001 SW 5th Ave Suite 1100 No. 973
Portland, OR 97204

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2718 SW Kelly Avenue
Portland, OR 97201

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6200 Southwest Virginia Avenue
Portland, OR 97239

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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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