Youngstown, Ohio
The Youngstown, Ohio Film Connection Film School

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Your Youngstown Film School Alternative

Your path to Hollywood begins right here in Youngstown. For real. We’re Youngstown Film Connection and we’ve got an association of local filmmaking mentors offering what nobody anywhere can offer: real-world experience and industry contacts. You can’t afford to waste time and money on programs that won’t help you get the job you deserve. Youngstown Film Connection is the future of filmmaking and all it needs is you.

Whether you’d like to study what happens behind the scenes for six months or want to become a director in eight, Youngstown Film Connection is your introduction to the professionals that can get your career going. And if you elect to take the directors track, prepare to pitch your idea in front of a dream mentor and an entertainment executive in L.A. when we fly you out during the last week of your program. Who’s to say that your idea won’t be the talk of next year’s film festivals?

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Youngstown, Ohio is a city of around 72,000 people located on the east side of the state near the Pennsylvania border. Like Pittsburgh, its neighbor about an hour to the southeast, Youngstown is located within the "Rust Belt" and grew up around the steel industry. Despite its seemingly small size and relatively remote location, Youngstown actually has deep ties to the film industry, being the old stomping grounds of legendary movie moguls the Warner Brothers.  Other entertainment pros hailing from the area include producer Paula Wagner, director Chris Columbus (The Goonies, Home Alone), and actors Victor Slezak, Catherine Bach and Michael Pataki, to name a few. Youngstown is conveniently located within range of major cities like Pittsburgh and Cleveland, as well as plenty of interesting natural and industrial backdrops which make for a wide range of filming locations. Additionally, Ohio offers a generous tax incentive packages which attracts many filmmakers to the region.  If you are planning a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, you'll find Youngstown to be a surprising alternative to relocating elsewhere.   

Major movies, commercials, TV shows and documentaries are filmed throughout Ohio regularly, including in and around Youngstown.  A few of the movies that have done filming in this area include Diary of a Hitman, Uninvited Guest, Horrors of War, Turn of Faith, The Quiet Arrangement, and film classic The Deer Hunter, to name a few.  

With its proximity to major cities and plenty of great filming locations–and with the numerous production companies coming into the area for film projects–Youngstown is a great connection point for film students and filmmaking professionals.  FILM CONNECTION's unique mentor-apprentice (extern) approach puts you into the center of the action, giving you valuable experience and vital industry contacts as you work on real-life film and video shoots. Come and find out why over 70 percent of our graduates get hired, many times even before they finish our program! Let us get you started now! 

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The Film Connection is where it all starts. We help make your dreams happen.
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