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

Put that money back in your wallet! We just saved you from wasting it on a useless film school. Those traditional programs can’t give you the contacts in the filmmaking industry that Elmira Film Connection can. We pair our students up with working professionals who mentor them in their studios or production houses. You can select our behind-the-scenes program to learn the technical aspects of filmmaking. Or, if you’re going after the big time, try our director’s program. You’ll see your idea all the way to Hollywood where you’ll pitch it to an industry executive. Your schooling should be an investment for your career and that’s what we train you for.

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Get Real World Film Production Experience in Elmira

Located in the southern tier region of upstate New York, the town of Elmira rests near the Pennsylvania border and hosts around 30,000 people. Although a small town by most standards, the Elmira area is home to several production companies, and is convenient to a wide range of great locations for filming–including mountains, lakes, forests, and several major cities. If you’re considering a career as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, there are opportunities to be found in Elmira, and FILM CONNECTION can help you tap into those opportunities.

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Our Elmira Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

Movies, commercials, TV shows and documentaries are filmed all over New York on a regular basis, including in Elmira and the surrounding areas. Some of the films that have done location shooting in this region include The Thomas Crown Affair, Wings on the Wind, Proud, The Sure Thing, Liebestraum and Shades of Darkness, to name a few.

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

FILM CONNECTION of Elmira utilizes the mentor-extern approach. During our inexpensive, 6-month course, you’ll be paired with a working film or television professional who serves as your personal instructor and mentor, guiding you through hands-on training on real film and video shoots. Along the way, you’ll make valuable connections with other industry pros–connections that can lead to future employment.  Check us out and find out why many FILM CONNECTION graduates get permanent jobs in the industry! You could be next!

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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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