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

You get work from the people you know and this is very true in the film industry. But if you go to an overpriced traditional film school you’ll meet some professors, other students like you, and that’s it. They can’t get you work. You need an inside track and that’s what Buffalo Film Connection provides. We pair our students up with mentors in specialized filmmaking fields. Choose the behind the scenes track to become a technical wiz or our director’s program to take your idea and hone it alongside with mentors in the biz. You’ll end up in L.A. pitching your idea during the final week of the program…which is way better than just going out for beers with other starving students during your finals week at other film schools.

Get Real World Film Production Experience in Buffalo

Located in western New York, where the Buffalo and Niagara Rivers meet Lake Erie, the waterfront city of Buffalo, New York is the second-largest in the state, boasting a population of around 270,000 people. Buffalo is convenient to many great urban and rural locations for film shooting, including its own waterfront and downtown areas, the majestic Niagara Falls less than 20 miles away, other major cities within driving distance, and plenty of gorgeous natural scenery in between. Buffalo is also home to several production companies, and numerous films and television shows have done location shooting in this area. If you are thinking about a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, Buffalo provides plenty of opportunities to learn, as an alternative to relocating to New York City or Los Angeles.

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Adam Weber

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

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Alejandra Huerta

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Daniela Larsen

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Our Buffalo Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

IMDB lists at least 250 titles of movies, TV shows, documentaries, and specials that have done filming in Buffalo. These include Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty, Tuck Everlasting, Canadian Bacon, The Natural, and Jump Tomorrow, to name a few–as well as TV episodes of WWF Raw, Cops, Sorority Life and Modern Marvels.

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

The amount of filming that takes place regularly in and around Buffalo, coupled with its proximity to New York City, makes this area a great potential connection point for both film students and filmmaking professionals. Connection is at the heart of the FILM CONNECTION approach, along with our revolutionary mentor-extern approach to learning. We pair you with a working professional who gives you one-on-one, real-world training, enabling you to make the industry connections you need for future employment. Our system works, too!  In fact, many of our graduates get hired, sometimes even before finishing our program! You owe it to yourself to see what Buffalo FILM CONNECTION can do for you!

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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