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Programs

In the Film Connection for Film Production & Editing program, you will study directing, producing and screenwriting as you develop your movie idea with a professional filmmaker. Then, upon meeting the necessary requirements, you will be given the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles or New York and pitch your film idea to an executive who could buy or get your movie made.

Film Production & Editing Details

In the Film Connection for Cinematography program, you will learn the techniques involved in capturing a moving image and will start to develop “the eye of the DP.” The cinematographer is literally the set ‘magician.’ DPs are responsible for the technological wizardry required to get the needed shots and to shape light to achieve the director’s desired artistic effect.

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We provide job placement services.

 

Other students learn in classrooms...

OUR students learn in:

 

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies


 

Where jobs get filled.

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.
To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.



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We provide job placement services.

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Other students learn in classrooms...


OUR students learn in the same places where jobs get filled.

 

REAL Radio Stations

REAL Recording Studios

REAL Film Production Companies

When jobs become available, our students are often the first to know and get hired.

Long story short:

Our way just makes sense.

Our mentors want to hire people like you.

Afterall, if they’ve trained you themselves,
they know what you’re capable of.

See why we call ourselves Film Connection.

To find out exact job placement numbers in your area, give us a call.

(800) 600-6956

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Real World
Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our mentor-taught programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of ordinary film schools and programs. Work directly with an accomplished industry filmmaker at a film production company or receive direct one-on-one training online.

Tuition
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Film Connection’s mentor styled education is a cost-effective approach to real-world, curriculum backed education in film production and editing and cinematography.

 

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$12,750** Tuition
$0* Loan Interest

Trade
School

$44,000 Tuition
$61,000 Loan Interest

2-Year
Junior College

$22,000 Tuition
$20,500 Loan Interest

4-Year
Traditional College

$88,000 Tuition
$122,000 Loan Interest

**Total cost varies by program
*Average Accrued Interest Charges
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About Our Miami Film School Film School Alternative

Our fully-immersive curriculum
covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

Learn filmmaking in the real world with the Film Connection’s mentored externship-based approach. We make building relationships an integral part of what we do.

Hardware and Equipment

Film Connection mentors work in the real world where the competition is fierce and having the right gear matters. As an extern you have access to the latest hardware and tools of the trade.

On-Set Etiquette

Knowing how to handle yourself on the set is a prerequisite for careers in the film industry. Your mentor will guide you through proper etiquette during real film shoots.

Making Movies

We believe the whole point of going to any film school or certificate program should be to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie. Our Film Production & Editing curriculum is designed around this concept, from start to finish.

What is the Next Step?

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Meet our Mentors

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from the professionals?

Michael Van Orden Miami Film School Mentor

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Michael Van Orden Miami Film School Mentor

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Credits: Being Doug, Called to Serve, The Washing, Spit

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Albert Dabah Miami Film School Mentor

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Albert Dabah Miami Film School Mentor

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Albert has been in the video production business for thirty-three years, owning and running Simba Productions in New York City.

Clients: CNN, HBO, Apple

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Bob Kelley Miami Film School Mentor

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Bob Kelley Miami Film School Mentor

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Clients: Discovery Canada, PBS, UCDavis, Associated Press, Fox News, Blackstone Media, NBC Universal

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Marc Silber Miami Film School Mentor

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Marc Silber Miami Film School Mentor

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With a background in visual media, director Marc Silber has interviewed scores of entrepreneurs, CEOs and creative professionals over the years. His interview series has received hearty praise and has helped countless business leaders and artists tell their story.

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Craig Roessler Miami Film School Mentor

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Craig Roessler Miami Film School Mentor

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A film and television studio executive and producer for over twenty years, Craig has directly overseen, managed, and/or produced 25 films and seven network series with budgets totaling over $500 million. 

Craig is known for his project-management skills, having close working relationships with talent and directors, producing big looking, studio-quality content on tight budgets, quickly providing workable solutions for development and production issues, and completing projects on time, on budget.

As Senior Vice President of Production, Programming and Creative Affairs for MGM Television Worldwide Inc., Craig had direct oversight of all content development, and oversaw pre-production, production, post-production, while working with business & legal affairs, marketing, and promotion. His MGM product was nominated for 10 Emmy awards and numerous others including DGA, Golden Globes, PGA and SAG awards. 

He oversaw studio projects such as the series Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: Universe, Dead Like Me, and The L Word, as well as Showtime Movies Inherit the Wind, Twelve Angry Men, In the Time of the Butterflies, That Championship Season, and Rocky Marciano, which opened the Monte Carlo Film Festival. Craig has worked with a wide range of talent, from well-established actors and directors to breaking new talent. 

Craig grew up in Los Angeles and Colorado, working summers on ranches breaking and training western saddle horses. He attended Columbia University, working his way through school as an actor on NBC’s soap opera “Another World,” while learning production work skills for quick, quality content.

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Kel Thompson Miami Film School Mentor

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Kel Thompson Miami Film School Mentor

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America’s Production Company was established in 2005 by Kel Thompson who has degrees in photography & advertising from Texas State University. Kel is also a graduate of the Palm Beach Film School. Kel was first published in photography at 17 years old in TX. Kel worked for News24Houston as their first helicopter videographer, before being hired by a major event production company in Florida. Two years later he established America’s Production Company after learning the ropes in photo, video, audio and event production.

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Zef Cota Miami Film School Mentor

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Zef Cota Miami Film School Mentor

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Alphabet City Films is a film production company based in New York City, NY. We are a collective of writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, and other talented filmmakers. We have created many short films, and recently produced our first feature length film: The Trouble.

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Jim DeGroot Miami Film School Mentor

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Jim DeGroot Miami Film School Mentor

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Clients: Green Bay Packers, Disney, National Guard, Doritos, ABC World News, Good Morning America, St. Joseph’s Medical Centers, Homeland Security

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Eero Johnson Miami Film School Mentor

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Eero Johnson Miami Film School Mentor

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“I’m Eero Johnson. I’m a film and video producer living in Bellingham, Washington. For over ten years I’ve been creating commercials, corporate videos, web videos, sales DVD’s, music videos … whatever it takes to get your message to your audience. I have a great group of clients and I love what I do.”

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Chris Varner Miami Film School Mentor

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Chris Varner Miami Film School Mentor

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In a career spanning nearly 20 years, Chris has worked in almost every facet of video production, from lens to post. His credits include EPK work on “Sleepy Hollow”, “Under The Dome”, “The Longest Ride”, “We’re The Millers”, “Iron Man 3”, “One Tree Hill” and more.

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John Raffo Miami Film School Mentor

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John Raffo Miami Film School Mentor

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John Raffo started as a photographer in New York before turning his attention to screenwriting. Over the last twenty years he’s worked on a variety of credited and uncredited projects (including, DRAGON, THE BRUCE LEE STORYTHE RELIC, and THE INTERPRETER”). His original screenplay RENKO VEGA AND THE JENNIFER NINE appeared on the 2011 Black List. THE 7TH SWORD is his first story written directly as a graphic novel.

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The Film Scene in Miami Film School

The Miami Film School, Florida Film Connection Film School Alternative

Why Miami is a Great Place to Learn to Become a Film Director.

Do you currently live in Miami and dream about becoming a director or filmmaker? If so, you could well be asking yourself whether you should move to attend film school. The short answer is no. You can learn to become a director right there in Miami.

We believe the best way to become a director is to start directing. The more you direct, the better you’ll become at it. Therefore, it only makes sense that the best place to learn to become a director is the place where you’ll be able to do the most directing. Film schools are great on theory, rules, traditional concepts of education, but often getting access to the gear and scheduling shoots is painfully hard. But what if there was a film program where you could just start making films and learn how to tell a story in pictures with access to the gear and to the connections?

This is where the Miami Film Connection for Film Production & Editing comes into play. Upon enrollment in our no-nonsense film directing program, you will take part in mentoring externship which will pairs you with an accomplished film director in a high-octane Miami film production company like Kevin Sharpley of Kijik Multimedia. Kevin is a close associate of the Academy of Motion Pictures’ President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. He has worked on feature films, corporate videos, and everything in between with clients ranging from the US Air Force to Bacardi to the Miami Science Museum.

With access to equipment and local connections you will gain through your time with Kevin, you will be placed in an environment where you can direct get the skills and insight you need to start directing your own films. Here’s the spoiler alert. Your first films will probably suck. That’s to be expected. And that’s where the Miami Film Connection’s approach to film directing externship excels. Imagine being able to go over your first efforts, scene by scene, frame by frame with a professional director who offers suggestions, tricks of the trade, and critiques your films on a one-on-one personal basis. Your learning curve to becoming a director has just taken off. It’s not rocket science, the more films you direct, the better you can become at directing. Miami Film Connection provides you with the opportunity and real world instruction you need to get started at building that career now, not tomorrow, not a year from now.

The Film Connection for Film Production & Editing Curriculum

Rest easy, we don’t just hand you a camera and tell you to come back the next day with your film. The Miami Film Connection for Film Production & Editing film directing mentored externship has an outstanding structured curriculum that is broken down into three main sections:

Section One: Screenwriting.

Just like an author of a book tells a story with words, the director of a film tells a story with a camera. Our screenwriting section teaches you what goes into writing a screenplay—we even pair you with a screenwriting mentor (in addition to your directing mentor like Kevin) who has feature film screenplays to his credit. We do this not because you have to be a screenwriter to be a director (although it doesn’t hurt), but rather because it’s vital to understand how to translate a written screenplay into a visual film–this is the essence of directing. So, even if you never write a screenplay yourself, you need to understand the screenwriting process conceptually to become a director.

Section Two: Directing and Filmmaking.

This section of our curriculum deals with all the technical and logistical considerations a director needs to know to create a film. From lighting to working with a crew (never forget to feed them well), securing permits to budget breakdowns, from cinematography to location scouting, there’s a million details a director needs to understand and be able to communicate about. Our curriculum covers them all.

Section Three: Pitch Meeting.

A lot of our students come to us with an idea they want to turn into a movie. Maybe you’re one of them. That’s great. For those students, we help them craft an elevator pitch (your movie idea in 30 words or less), create a sizzle reel (think of it as a trailer for your movie), perfect their screenplay and produce a budget breakdown for their movie idea. Then we set up a pitch meeting with film industry heavyweights who have the power to green light their film. Guess what? Even if you are looking to direct something other than a feature film, like a music video for instance, you still will need to have a pitch meeting with the band, or the band’s management team, so that they will hire you to direct their music video. The Miami Film Connection will teach you the skills you need for any type of pitch meeting, so you can be prepared and confident about the project you are pitching.

We started by posing the question, if you live in Miami can you learn to be a film director without moving. We followed that with some great reasons why you can learn everything you need to learn about becoming a film director from the Miami Film Connection without ever leaving Miami. Here’s another reason to consider staying in Miami to learn to become a director.

The Importance of The Homefield Advantage

You already live in Miami. You know the city. You know some great locations. You know people in Miami who can become your cast and crew. You know what the cost of living is in Miami. You presumably have a roof over your head in Miami—you might even have a job or some great side-gigs in Miami. And where else can you better establish home town connections with local businesses to sponsor your films or become clients of your work than the city you live in?

So, maybe instead of wondering where you should move to in order to attend a film school, you should be asking yourself, “How many films am I going to direct in the next six months if I attend film school to become a director?” It’s also a great first question you should be asking of any film school you are thinking of attending. Because at the end of the day, it isn’t about degrees when it comes to directing, what matters, in our opinion, is your reel, and the more films you direct, the more content you will have for your reel, the more experience you’ll have, the better director you will be.

The Miami Film Connection Film School Alternative Advantage

1) Lots of Locations.

The Film Connection has world-class film school locations all over the United States, including here in Miami. Your path to Hollywood starts right here! No need to relocate to New York or L.A. to go to film school—unless, of course, you want to, because we have locations there, too!
Learn near where you live. Advantage: Film Connection.

2) Stay Out of Debt with Low Tuition.

Make no mistake: student debt can kill your film career before it starts. Ordinary film schools are expensive that it’s impossible for many people to attend without taking on tons of debt. Not us. Our tuition is kept low so you can graduate with little or no debt.
Other schools not only cost more, they have lots of add-on charges. Advantage: Film Connection.

3) Learn Film On-the-Job.

Films aren’t made in classrooms, so why would you go to film school there? Our mentored-externship approach places you in the heart of the action, inside a real film production company, where your classes take place on-the-job and on the set.
Real-world experience, not theoretical classroom instruction. Advantage: Film Connection.

4) Learn From a Real Film Professional, One-on-One.

With us, the person to teach you to direct films is a real director; the person to teach you to edit film is an actual film editor; and so on, and so forth. We don’t stick you in a class with a full-time professor; we pair you with a working film pro in your chosen field of interest, and this pro will mentor and teach you one-on-one.
One teacher to one student. Advantage: Film Connection.

5) Hundreds of Professional Endorsements.

We’re endorsed by some of the biggest names in film. Why do they endorse us? Because our program works!
More professional endorsements than any other film school. Advantage: Film Connection.

6) Real Job Placement Assistance.

When it comes to job placement assistance, the Miami Film Connection takes a more active role than any other film school. When you graduate, you’ll be enrolled in our Stay Connected Program for 12 months of active job placement help. We do all we can to find you work in this industry.
“Job placement” at other schools means handing you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Film Connection.

7) Starting On the Inside

The biggest struggle for film school graduates is getting “in the door”—getting noticed, getting on the inside. That struggle doesn’t exist with the Film Connection because from the very first day of your training, you’re placed INSIDE a real film company as an extern. You’re in the door before you learn a thing! And by the time you graduate, you’re already well established.
The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Film Connection.

8) Tutoring At No Cost to Students.

With the Film Connection, you’re never alone with a problem. We offer tutoring to all our students.
 Private tutoring with a real person. Advantage: Film Connection.

9) Lots of Industry Connections.

No matter how skilled you are, you won’t get anywhere in this business without connections. One of the best features of our mentor-extern approach is that our real-world training puts you in the midst of lots of industry pros whom you could never meet in a classroom. These are the people who can one day hire you—and you have your entire externship to befriend them and impress them.
Real world film industry connections. Big Advantage: Film Connection.

10) From Miami to Hollywood…

You’ll find plenty to keep you busy in the Miami film scene, but if you want more…we’ve got more. In a move unprecedented for film schools, we’ve structured our curriculum to guide you step-by-step through the process of developing your own film idea, and when you graduate, we’ll arrange for you to meet with REAL INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES in Los Angeles to PITCH YOUR FILM!
A real chance to break into Hollywood. Big Advantage: Film Connection. NO ORDINARY FILM SCHOOL DOES THIS.

Your MIAMI, FLORIDA FILM SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE

Thinking about Miami Film Schools in sunny south Florida? Film Connection, the Miami film school alternative gets you inside an actual Miami film production company, working as a film student extern as you learn producing, editing, directing and more. Make no mistake, in Miami, the smart way to break into the film business is by working inside a Miami film production company as a film extern. That’s exactly what the FILM CONNECTION can do for you.

Typical film schools can cost upwards of 50 thousand dollars to attend. Why spend that kind of money when you could go to film school in a real production company for far less? You’ll learn from the pros, and while you get your education, you’ll also make vital industry connections. Our film school alternative is the smartest, most cost efficient way to go.

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Located along Florida’s southeast coast MIAMI, FLORIDA is home to over half a million people, while the surrounding Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area is home to over 5.5 million. Known for its diversity of Latin influences, its popular beaches and its thriving dance club scene, Miami is also home to a vibrant film scene, with multiple film festivals year-round, and local production resources in constant demand. Miami has been home to major actors such as David Caruso, William H. Macy, Sidney Poitier, Eva Mendes and Philip Michael Thomas, as well as film directors Ondi Timoner and Brett Ratner. In addition, Miami is hailed as a popular spot for location filming for major film and TV productions. Just look at this partial list of major productions shot on location in and around Miami:

  • Bad Boys (I and II)
  • True Lies
  • The Birdcage
  • Miami Vice (TV series)
  • Dexter (TV series)
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Pain and Gain
  • Step Up Revolution
  • Meet the Fockers
  • There’s Something About Mary
  • Analyze This
  • Marley and Me

Needless to say, if you want to be a film director, film producer, screenwriter, film editor or cinematographer, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to connect to the industry here in Miami—and the FILM CONNECTION puts you closer to the action than any ordinary film school can.

Our mentor-extern approach is the key. We don’t stick you in a college classroom—in fact, you won’t spend a single day in a classroom with our program. Instead, from day one until you graduate, you’ll be working as an extern in a real Miami film production company, taught one-on-one by a working film professional with years of experience and lots of connections. As you learn on-the-job and on the set, you’ll make plenty of connections with other professionals—connections that usually lead to future work. Your path to Hollywood starts here! Apply today, and let the Miami FILM CONNECTION get you on the path to your dreams.

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Current Miami, FL Student News

Film Connection grad Rocky Shores receives shared credit for a film with his Miami-based mentor. Film makes the festival rounds!

Rocky Shores on a shoot for The Reel Miami Project

It was the word “Connection” in our name that first drew Rocky Shores to enroll in the Film Connection in Miami, FL. After already doing some video work for clients and finding himself on-set as an extra in the Robert Redford film The Conspirator, if there’s one thing Rocky understands, it’s the importance of connections. He recalls what he heard on set:
“One thing that everyone I spoke to kept saying—the one word I kept hearing was ‘connections,'” says Rocky. “It’s a business. You need to know people, and make connections and contacts…The reason I chose the Film Connection was because of that word.”

On the set of OvertownRocky began externing with filmmaker and Film Connection mentor Kevin Sharpley of Kijik Multimedia in Miami, Florida. Instantly they formed a solid connection, and Kevin began teaching him the ropes by involving him heavily in a documentary about a Haitian dance troupe, a film project called Ayikodans Rise. As they went along, Kevin was particularly struck by Rocky’s eye for the camera.

“[Kevin] shot some raw footage, and I went out and shot the rest of it with him,” Rocky says. “He gave me a big chunk of footage, and I think he was expecting about a three to five minute piece. Well, I’d frame him a 15-minute piece, and it floored him…He said I was a storyteller.”

By the time the film was completed, Rocky had received shared credit on the film—and now it’s hitting the film festival circuit! Ayikodans Rise showed at the Fort Meyers Beach Film Festival in April, and in June at the Miami Filmmaker Shorts festival. Congratulations, Rocky!

Now a Film Connection graduate, Rocky remains in close touch with his mentor, who still utilizes him on projects and is hoping to bring him on full paid staff. He’s also working on his screenwriting with a long-term goal of becoming a writer-director. Understanding the importance of connections in the film business is what helped him connect with Kevin—and he knows it’s also what will carry him through his career. “You can’t be in your shell if you’re going to be in this industry,” says Rocky. You need to be personable, you need to talk to people, and you need to work hard, and you need to be patient.”

With lush locales, comfortable weather all year round, and seemingly never-ending nightlife, Miami is ripe with top-notch film locations. It should come as no surprise some of the most loved movies and TV shows were shot here. Miami Vice and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for the small screen and for the big screen: Moonlight, Marley and Me, and There’s Something About Mary, are just a few that have been shot in Magic City.

As one of the entertainment hubs of the world, you can bet there are plenty of places to learn filmmaking. But how many will place you inside a working production company from the start? Learning from professional filmmakers, working on gear used across all mediums, and traveling to locations when the need arises is what the Miami Film Connection offers.

Whether it’s directing, cinematography, producing, or editing, the Film Connection has you covered. You’ll be placed with a mentor for the duration of the program, giving you one-on-one guidance. Learn day-to-day operations from the inside and build relationships with working professionals.

This is the kind of exposure to the industry you just can’t get through other educational means. Instead of a classroom, you’ll be on the set. Instead of a professor, you’ll be working with a real-world expert. Instead of other students, you’ll be rubbing elbows with the cast and crew of actual productions.

And you’ll save time and money, too. Instead of spending close to six figures at a four-year university, our programs last for six months and our tuition is much, much less. But don’t let the price tag fool you: Film Connection has been in operation for three decades with locations throughout the United States. Our mentors have worked on award-winning films as well blockbusters that have made hundreds of millions of dollars.

Whether you’re looking to find work in a production company or want to know exactly what it takes to make your own movie, Film Connection can help.

In the studio, on location, or at your home.

Film Connection truly believes that getting your hands dirty from the start is the best way to learn filmmaking. Yes, many professions require a few years in the classroom—we just don’t feel filmmaking is one of them. But we also understand life has a way of making some decisions for you.

While a good-paying job or family commitments could make it difficult to attend a traditional educational institution, FIlm Connection has made it a point to expand our accessibility. Our remote learning programs mean you get to learn straight from a pro even though you’re miles away. In fact, you could be thousands of miles away.

Interested in working with one of our mentors working out of Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles? You can, with Film Connection’s remote learning and forgo having to pack up your entire life. It’s our mission to prepare the next generation of directors, screenwriters, and cinematographers, and we feel the best way to do that is to increase exposure to our programs.

Build your contact list.

Although there are certainly exceptions to the rule, the filmmaking industry is a very tight-knit community. This goes beyond directors working with certain actors over and over again – it also applies to the crewmembers, line-producers, ACs, production managers, editors, and more. Making a feature-length film is a stressful undertaking and a lot of the film’s success depends on how smoothly the production goes. So if gaffers, grips, and others on the set have already proven themselves, why would directors want to work with anyone else?

The Miami Film Connection gives you the chance to prove yourself from the start. While you might not be grabbing the camera your first day on the set, a willingness to work, learn, and follow directions can help establish your good name. So many “above the line” and “below the line” credits are established through years of working behind the scenes, improving skills, and making connections.

With our mentored-externship programs, you could be making those valuable connections from the start, with your mentor and others on the set, too. Even if you’re solely interested in bringing your own stories to life, you’ll need help. Acting responsibly, treating others with respect, and getting your work done today can help secure crews for your project tomorrow.

Get the opportunity to work with the people that can hire you, work for you, or provide references for future opportunities. Film Connection gets your foot in the door, but it’s up to you to build those relationships that can help your career.

Our Miami Film Connection mentor.

Our Miami Film Connection mentor has had their films win at nearly a dozen film festivals and have worked across the spectrum in entertainment, multimedia, branding, documentary filmmaking, animation, and more. This kind of versatility only comes through experience. Learn from a mentor with a breadth of experience in our short, real-world oriented filmmaking programs.

They say there’s a right tool for every job and as an award winner, our mentor has a pretty impressive toolbox. From small-scale shots to grandiose features, you can learn what gear will be needed for a specific shot, the ins-and-outs of pre-production, production, and post, and more.

Aside from being a very busy and motivated filmmaker, our Film Connection mentor also serves as the founder of a non-profit organization that supports the independent film and media industry and sits on the Miami-Dade County Film and Entertainment Advisory Board. So not only will you have a mentor in the studio, but potentially a well-connected ally once you graduate from your program. Get going in months, not years and spend less, much less, in tuition with our direct, no-nonsense programs.

Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school alternative is endorsed by filmmakers who are making movies, maybe even the movies you love.

Professionals in the film business—including famous producers, screenwriters and directors—endorse Film Connection’s programs for one simple reason: they know our real-world method works.

Hans Zimmer

From his early days in pop music, Hans has written original scores for such films as Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), Gladiator (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2005) Sherlock Holmes (2009) and over 100 others.

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Joel Schumacher

Joel Schumacher and RRF have donated to The Endometriosis Foundation of America. This group aims to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research.

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Larry King

The Film Connection was recently invited onto the Larry King program to talk about how our externship program is making a difference by connecting our students and getting them hired.

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Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew and RRF have helped Tracey Wilson, a former gang member, get into film school, and are now helping him make his first documentary about getting your GED and going to college.

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Judi Levine

Sundance Award-winning Producer of the Academy Award-winning film, The Sessions.

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Judge Mathis

Judge Mathis and RRF are helping inner city youth get educated through the RRF program.

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Sandy Stern

Credits: Being John Malkovich, Saved! and Velvet Goldmine.

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Henry Bromell

Henry Bromell produced, created, directed the series Homeland, and has written and produced the television dramas Northern Exposure, I’ll Fly Away, Homicide: Life on the Street, Chicago Hope, Carnivale, Brotherhood, Rubicon, and Homeland.

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Paul Guay

Credits: Liar Liar, The Little Rascals, Hearbreakers

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Evan Astrowsky

“I went to a good film school, but the day I graduated I had no idea what to do. No one wanted to hand me thousands of dollars to direct or produce anything so I had to figure it out on my own.”

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Ron Osborn

Credits: The West Wing, Meet Joe Black, Duckman

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Doug Eboch

Credits: Sweet Home Alabama, The Hollywood Pitching Bible

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200 S Biscayne Boulevard, Office 2790
Miami, FL 33131
(786) 358-5430

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Film Connection provides affordable, unique education models coupled with mentor-based (externship) programs that can be engaged remotely or in person.

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