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

The Film Connection in Iowa is the smartest, most cost-efficient film school in the state, providing you practical opportunities no other film school can. How? By putting you in a real film production facility as a working extern. Instead of sitting in a classroom, you’ll be on the set. Instead of learning from a career instructor, you’ll learn one-on-one from a real film industry professional who works in the business every day. Instead of meeting a bunch of students, you’ll meet real industry pros who can help you further your career. And instead of paying $30,000 or more for your education, you’ll pay about 75% LESS! There is truly no other opportunity like this anywhere else.

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Learn Film Production Close to Home with an Iowa Film Industry Insider

Whether you want to be a film editor, cinematographer, screenwriter or film director, we work with film professionals across the state that specialize in your field of interest, whether you live in Des Moines, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids or Sioux City. And the best part is, you don’t have to move to Los Angeles before connecting to the film industry—we can connect you right here in Iowa, by putting you in a film production facility near where you live!

Don’t believe us? Well, just look over this partial list of major motion pictures that have shot on location in Iowa:

  • Field of Dreams (1989)
  • Starman (1984)
  • Twister (1996)
  • Children of the Corn (1984)
  • Noises Off… (1992)
  • The Straight Story (1999)
  • The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

When major films and TV productions come on location, they often use local talent, which is why it pays to be in a real Iowa production company when the call comes in. And that’s where the Iowa Film Connection puts you, from day one.

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

Our methods are endorsed by hundreds of major industry professionals because they know that the best way to break into film is by actually working in the industry, not sitting in a college classroom. With our unique program, you’ll have a structured curriculum taught one-on-one by your mentor, combined with many hours of actual work experience in the studio or on location. Our curriculum can be tailored to fit any specialized area of interest, whether it’s screenwriting, editing, cinematography or production. And if your dream is to make your own films in Hollywood, we can help with that, too: your mentor can use the curriculum to guide you step by step through the development of your own film idea—and when you’re ready, we’ll even arrange for you to pitch that film to real Hollywood executives! Name one other film school that offers this. (Hint: you can’t. We’re the only one.)

But there’s more. Your education means nothing if you graduate with so much debt that you aren’t free to pursue your dreams. So instead of charging you ridiculous tuition rates like the other film schools, we deliberately keep your costs low. How low? How about 75% LESS than the competition? That way, you can focus on what’s important to you—making films—instead of how you’re going to pay your student loans off.

It’s time to decide. Are you ready to make the leap? Are you serious about breaking into the film business? Whether your dream is to start our own production company in Iowa, or to make the trek to Hollywood, the Iowa Film Connection is your place to start. APPLY NOW FOR FREE to learn more.



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