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

An area rich in culture deserves a film school that produces jobs and contacts for its students. Enter Film Connection film school in Meridian, Mississippi, a unique program that focuses on mentorships as a teaching tool. We’ve teamed up with production companies in Meridian to bring an immersive film education for anyone looking to break into the business.

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

Your first option is our 6-month behind-the-scenes track. You will work closely with mentors who are working film professionals in the concentration that you select. Our more comprehensive option is the 8-month director program. You will begin with a project in a genre that you have chosen. Under the guidance of your local mentors, you will write, direct, and edit this project and end up in L.A. in your very own pitch meeting. There is simply no film program anywhere that offers this level of professional guidance and insider access. Hollywood veterans spend years in the filmmaking trenches to get these kinds of meetings with no guarantee that they’ll even hear back from the executives that see them. You will be working toward closing your deal from the moment you sign on to learn with The Film Connection.

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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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Get Real World Film Production Experience in Meridian

Meridian, Mississippi is located in the east-central part of the state, not far from the Alabama state line. It is perhaps best known in entertainment as the birthplace of country film legend Jimmie Rodgers, but other entertainers hailing from the area include singer-songwriter Paul Davis and actresses Sela Ward and Diane Ladd. The population of Meridian itself is around 38,000 people, but the Meridian DMA media market reaches up to a half-million people in the surrounding areas. Scenic countryside, coastal areas, and several major cities are all within driving distance of Meridian, making it a good central hub for location filming; additionally, several production companies make their home in this area. If you are considering becoming a film director, film producer, film editor, or cameraman, there is plenty of opportunities to learn filmmaking in Meridian without having to relocate to the craziness of Los Angeles or New York.

Movies, commercials, TV shows, and documentaries are filmed on a regular basis throughout Mississippi, including in the Meridian area. Some of the films that have done shooting in Meridian or the surrounding regions include Red Dirt, My Dog Skip, O Brother Where Art Thou?, and Mississippi Buring, just to name a few.

Our Meridian Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

With many professional connections and relationships we’ve developed over the years, FILM CONNECTION is in a unique position to help you launch your career in the film and TV industry. We do it through our revolutionary mentor-extern approach, where we pair you with a working professional in the film or television industry, who serves as your mentor-instructor. You’ll get on-the-job training, making valuable connections along the way. Come see why many of our graduates get hired in the industry, often before they finish our program! You could be next! Check out Meridian FILM CONNECTION today, and let us show you what we can do for you.

Learn the skills you need to take your idea from paper to the big screen.

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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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