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

A film school in Harlingen, Texas? You bet! We’re Harlingen FILM CONNECTION, the only film school alternative that gets you working as a film student extern inside an actual Harlingen film production company, where you will learn directing, producing, editing, and other aspects of film. In Harlingen, the best way to get started in filmmaking is by working as a film extern in a Harlingen film production company–and that’s where FILM CONNECTION can put you.

Don’t make the mistake of spending 10-50 thousand dollars to go to film school at a film trade school elsewhere, when for a fraction of that amount we can get you into film school in a real production company in Harlingen. Be smart, learn directly from the pros, and get connected as you get educated. Our film school alternative is the smartest, most cost-efficient way to launch your filmmaking career.

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

Located near the southern tip of Texas near the Mexican border and the Gulf of Mexico, the town of Harlingen, Texas is home to around 57,000 people. Despite its small size, Harlingen is very significant as a major industrial and distribution hub, its Valley International Airport serving as a major international air cargo center. About 10 miles south of Harlingen, the Free Trade Bridge at Los Indios serves as a major border crossing, with a U.S. Customs presence that is able to handle the hundreds of trucks passing in and out of the country. Harlingen’s unique position as a hub, plus its proximity to coastal views and other urban areas, makes it a great location for finding a diversity of locations for filming.

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Get Real World Film Production Experience in Harlingen

Major movies, TV shows, documentaries, and specials are regularly filmed in Texas, including in Harlingen and the vicinity. Some of the films that have done location shoots in the Harlingen area and surrounding regions include Back Roads, A Federal Case, Pink Punch, Inside America, The Open Road, Selena, and The Legend of Billie Jean, just to name a few.

Our Harlingen Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

The secret to FILM CONNECTION’s success is our mentor-extern approach, in which we hook you up with a personal instructor who is a professional in the film or television industry. As you get valuable hands-on training during real film and video shoots, you’ll also make valuable industry contacts which usually lead to future employment.  In fact, many of our graduates get hired in the industry, many times before they even finish our program. You owe it to yourself to see what FILM CONNECTION of Harlingen can do for your career!

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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