The Montana Film Connection

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MONTANA FILM SCHOOL by Film Connection

Your Montana Film School Alternative

Whether you live in Billings, Bozeman, Helena, Great Falls or anywhere else in Montana, the Montana Film Connection is your gateway to the film industry.  We’re hands-down the best film school in the state because instead of sticking you in a crowded classroom, we put you in the heart of the action, in a real film production company, to work as an apprentice (extern) one-on-one with a seasoned film professional.  All of your classes occur on-the-job and on the set, where you’ll gain valuable work experience on real productions and make lots of industry connections, both of which are CRITICAL to your future career.

No matter what your prior experience in film, and whether you want to be a cinematographer, film editor, producer, director or screenwriter, our program can help you get where you want to go—even if you want to go all the way to Hollywood!  And the best part is that you don’t have to move to L.A. to get started: we can connect you to the industry right here in Montana!

Do you doubt?  To prove our point, here is a partial list of major motion pictures that were filmed on location in Montana:

  • Far and Away (1992)
  • The Horse Whisperer (1998)
  • Forrest Gump (1994)
  • The Shining (1980)
  • Nebraska (2013)
  • Broken Arrow (1996)
  • The Untouchables (1987)
  • A River Runs Through It (1992)

As you can see from these examples, due to Montana’s outstanding scenery and generous incentives for filmmakers, there are many opportunities to connect to the film industry without leaving the state—and this list doesn’t even speak to the busy indie film scene or local productions taking place on a regular basis.  The Montana Film Connection gives you an advantage because we put you where the action is happening while the other film school students are sitting in their classrooms.  By the time the other kids graduate and start knocking on the doors, you’ll already be INSIDE the door, because you’ve been trained from inside the industry from day one!

With our training program, you’ll follow a structured curriculum (complete with homework), but the real power of our training comes from the one-on-one instruction you receive from your mentor on-the-job.  The curriculum is adaptable to many fields of interest, and we can put you with a mentor who is an expert in your chosen concentration, whether editing, cinematography, directing, etc.  If your dream is to make your own movies in Hollywood, we offer an opportunity that NO OTHER FILM SCHOOL offers: your mentor will guide you step-by-step in the development of your own film idea, and when you’re ready, we’ll arrange for you to go to Hollywood and PITCH YOUR FILM to real industry executives!

One danger to avoid: don’t get buried in student debt.  That can kill your career before it ever begins!  The Montana Film Connection makes it easy to avoid this pitfall, because while the other film schools charge excessive tuition rates, ours are consistently 75% LOWER than theirs! That’s right: you’ll get on-the-job training and get connected to the film industry, and you’ll pay a fraction of what it costs to go to most film schools.

As you can probably tell, we’re pretty proud of the fact that we can give you a REAL CHANCE to get started in a film career, by getting you in the door of the industry from your very first day of training.  If you’re ready to take advantage of this opportunity, APPLY NOW FOR FREE, and we’ll give you all the details. 

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