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

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 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!

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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!

Explore our Innovative Film Programs and Courses in Montana. Get on a Streamlined Path to the Film Industry.

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!

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