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

It used to be that you had to move to L.A. or New York to get a quality film education. Not anymore. At Gainesville Film Connection, we’ve got professional filmmakers that are ready to take you under their wing as your mentors. Whether you’re doing our 6-month behind-the-scenes program or the 8-month director’s program, you’ll be working under the tutelage of real people working in the industry, not boring professors who make theories instead of movies. The directors program even culminates in a trip to Los Angeles to pitch your idea before an industry executive. Sign up today and get connected with industry pros who can make your cinematic dreams a reality!

Get Real World Film Production Experience in Gainesville

Located in Florida’s northern interior, the city of Gainesville has an approximate population of nearly 125,000, but anchors a metropolitan area with over twice that number. Gainesville is also a college town, home to the massive University of Florida. Entertainment industry professionals hailing from this area include filmians Tom Petty and Bo Didley, home improvement expert Bob Vila, and actors Buddy Ebsen, Faye Dunaway, and Joaquin Phoenix. Film schools are scarce in the area, but there are a number of film or television production companies here, along with a film office. Florida is a film-friendly state, offering tax credits of up to 30 percent for movies filmed here.  If you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, Gainesville, Florida is a surprisingly friendly choice of location, as opposed to relocating to somewhere like New York or L.A.

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Our Gainesville Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

Gainesville and surrounding areas have hosted location filming for many movies, including Just Cause, Parenthood, Doc Hollywood and The Devil’s Advocate. The area has also seen its share of television production, including episodes of National Geographic Explorer, Rescue 911 and others.

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

FILM CONNECTION Film School of Gainesville offers an inexpensive, six month course that will hook you up with a working film or television professional as your personal instructor. You will gain valuable hands-on experience on real film or video shoots, and make valuable connections with industry professionals who do the hiring. Many FILM CONNECTION graduates get hired before or shortly after graduation. Why wait? Find out what Gainesville FILM CONNECTION can do for your career.

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Success stories

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


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