Get Hands-On Mentorship at our Minnesota Film Production School. Learn from Industry Insiders.

Whether you dream of being a film director, film producer, cinematographer, film editor, or another film professional, the Film Connection in Minnesota is your starting place to get there. We offer you more opportunities than any other film school can, by placing you as a working extern in a real film production facility, where you will be trained one-on-one by an experienced film industry pro. With our one-of-a-kind training program, you will not spend a single day sitting in a classroom. Instead, you’ll learn on the job and on the set, gaining valuable work experience and making industry connections that are critical to your future in film. Whether you want to launch a successful career in the Minnesota film scene, or whether you want to go all the way to Hollywood, the Minnesota Film Connection can help you get there.

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Here’s the best part: you don’t have to move to Los Angeles to get started. There are plenty of opportunities to connect to the film industry right here in Minnesota. Do you doubt it? Here is just a partial list of films that have been filmed in Minnesota: The Mighty Ducks (1992), Fargo (1996), Purple Rain (1984), A Serious Man (2009), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), Sugar and Spice (2001), Jingle All the Way (1996), Little Big League (1994), Iron Will (1994), and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).

This list only shows a fraction of the film opportunities available in Minnesota. But the thing is, you can’t connect to those opportunities by sitting in some film school classroom. You can only make connections by being where the action is happening. By placing you as an extern in a real film company, the Minnesota Film Connection get you closer to that action than any other film school can.

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Our curriculum can be tailored to your particular interests in film, and we’ll pair you with a mentor who specializes in your area of interest (for example, if your passion is editing, we’ll pair you with a film editor; if you want to be a screenwriter, we’ll put you with a screenwriter). If you’re dreaming big and want to break into Hollywood, your mentor can help you there, as well. Your curriculum will guide you step by step in developing your own film idea, and when you’re ready, we’ll set up a meeting in Hollywood for you to PITCH YOUR OWN FILM to real film industry executives! (When we say your path to Hollywood starts in Minnesota, we mean it.)

Worried about student debt? Well, you should be, with those other film schools—but not with us. We know student debt can kill your career before it ever starts, so unlike the other guys who charge ridiculous tuition rates, we’ve slashed our costs to give you an on-the-job education for up to 75% LESS than the average film school charges. Why? Because we’re in the business of helping launch new filmmakers, not burying them in debt.

If you’re serious about launching a career in film, don’t waste time sitting in a college or trade school classroom. Instead, learn the ropes as an extern in a real film production company. Whether you live in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Duluth, Mankato, or anywhere in between, we’ve got real film professionals standing by ready to mentor you to success. Are you ready? APPLY FOR FREE TODAY.



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