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

The Film Connection Film School in Harrisonburg, VA  expressed purpose is to get people from all walks of life, with different and divergent viewpoints, into the same room and make things happen. Do you want to be a professional filmmaker? Do you want to direct? Write? Or produce? Well, our program will introduce you to all the right people. It’s really simple. The Film Connection runs on an externship basis. We pair you with working pros who are doing exactly what you’re doing and then you’re off to the races. Over the course of our program, you’ll be working with a screenwriter to hone ideas into a shooting script. You’ll also be working with an editor and two mentors to help shape your vision. All you need to do is take the first step. We’ll do the rest.

Get Real World Film Production Experience in Harrisonburg

Harrisonburg, Virginia is a town of about 45,000 people located in the Shenandoah Valley in the northern part of the state. A college town, Harrisonburg is home to both Eastern Mennonite University and James Madison University.  Harrisonburg enjoys the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Appalachian Mountains to the west, plus it is within driving distance to metropolitan areas such as Baltimore and Washington, DC, making it a good central hub for filming locations.

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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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Our Harrisonburg Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

Major movies, commercials, TV shows, and documentaries are filmed regularly throughout Virginia, including in and around the Harrisonburg area. Some of the films that have done location shooting in Harrisonburg and vicinity include Six Things I Know About You, Major Payne, Toy Soldiers, and A Kiss Before Dying, to name a few. Whether your desire in film is to be a film director, film producer, film editor, lighting technician, or special effects guru, Harrisonburg holds more opportunities than you might think–and FILM CONNECTION can get you in the center of the action.

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

The advantage that FILM CONNECTION has over other film schools is our revolutionary 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, giving you hands-on training on real film and video shoots. This puts you in contact with other industry professionals in ways other film schools can’t match. Many of our graduates get permanent jobs out of their experience with us, and you can be next! Enroll in our Harrisonburg Film School today, and let us get you started.

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…


Please take the time to read the experiences of one of our own, Korey Hehn of Pineville, OR…


The Film Connection program provided me with an opportunity to "see it and believe it"!…


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