Though it might not be the first place that comes to mind when discussing film production hotspots, Colorado has an extensive history of involvement in the moviemaking world. Colorado was the first U.S. state to form a film commission, hosts the acclaimed STARZ Denver International Film Festival each year and, with the increasing success of the Colorado Film School (CFS), has also proven to be a prime location for those looking to learn the moviemaking craft.The Colorado Film School is a merger between the Community College of Aurora and the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center. According to CFS director Frederic Lahey, this gives the program both vocational and academic credibility. “We are a hands-on school constantly engaged in production in our classes and as an institution,” he says. “Our equipment and facilities easily surpass all but a few of the major graduate programs in the world, and our growing and talented faculty is committed to student success.”

With a number of resources and a diverse and beautiful landscape to shoot in, CFS provides students with some of the best tools for becoming fully-fledged moviemakers outside of New York and L.A. Says Lahey: “The ideal CFS student is an original storyteller who is focused and driven by a sense of professionalism, who listens to and observes the world around them.” With small classes and an emphasis on first-hand experience, graduates of CFS are sure to enter the workforce with enough experience to get them well on their way to a moviemaking career.

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