This isn’t a boring Albany film school classroom. This isn’t an overcrowded college laboratory. This is life. Real Life. YOUR LIFE.

As an immersive film school, the Albany Film Connection program teaches aspiring filmmakers how to write and produce their own films as well as work on other productions. The program features hands-on instruction with experienced professionals who guide students in the production of short films and feature-length movies. The curriculum covers all aspects of filmmaking including scriptwriting, cinematography, editing, post-production sound, and distribution.

Your classroom? A professional production company or another filmmaking facility where you’ll learn by doing. Your teacher is actually your mentor, an experienced industry insider who shows you how films are made today, showing you the process of making films from beginning to end. Other students? There are none–it’s just you and your mentor, although you will get to work with other professionals on the set or on location. Film Connection Albany is unlike any traditional school you’ve ever attended.

Don’t Spend More on your Film Education if You Don’t Have to

The Albany Film Connection offers an extensive range of benefits. By attending our film school, you gain access to a team of experienced professionals who are committed to helping them learn the necessary skills to become successful filmmakers. Through one-on-one instruction and access to industry-leading equipment and facilities, students are able to make meaningful connections with the film community in Albany.

Another key benefit of attending the Film Connection cinematography school in Albany is that it provides an opportunity for networking with other industry professionals in addition to meeting potential employers. You also have access to industry experts who can provide valuable advice on how you can further your career as a filmmaker or screenwriter—all while creating your own projects on-site in Albany.

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Adam Weber

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Daniel Lir

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

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Alejandra Huerta

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Daniela Larsen

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Get Real World Film Production Experience in Albany

Although they are located in the same state, Albany and New York City couldn’t be further apart. You may be thinking you have to be in NYC to jumpstart your filmmaking career, but nothing could be further from the truth. The education we offer in Albany will translate to almost any film set in the world, and experience is experience no matter where you get it from.


Another reason why staying close to home is the money you’ll save. Not only do FIlm Connection Programs cost just a fraction of what traditional 4-year universities, colleges, trade schools cost, you won’t need to come up with moving costs–or even consider commuting to a class in NYC. What makes more sense: sitting in a classroom in NYC or being on the set in Albany?

Our Albany Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

Of course, maybe it’s your dream to move away from home, to strike it rich out on your own. But if you have commitments, don’t want to sign on to massive student loans, or want to take a more measured approach to your career, look no further than your own backyard. Literally: we offer remote learning opportunities so you can learn while at home.

Overall, the Film Connection Albany film school is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a comprehensive film education within a supportive environment where you can reach your goals as future filmmakers and writers. With personalized guidance from experienced mentors and access to state-of-the-art facilities, you have all they need at your fingertips when it comes to learning about filmmaking fundamentals and developing outstanding projects from concept through completion!

Learn the skills you need to take your idea from paper to the big screen.

Real world film education by filmmakers for filmmakers, optimized for today!


Success stories

Since he started his extern program with Uptone Pictures in Raleigh, NC, Grant Gilbert has been taking…


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