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

Is becoming a working film director one of your major goals in life but find yourself confused or depressed at the lack of options or opportunities? Would you be willing to give it your all to learn how to direct films, documentaries, film videos and even commercial projects but can’t find your way into the film industry? Have you researched lauded film schools like UCLA, USC, AFI, The New School, Art Center, and The Tisch School of the Arts, only to find that even the most affordable on the list are still way out of budget or that attending school on their schedule just won’t work for you? Well, Film Connection in Nashville does it differently than the rest.

Get Real World Film Production Experience in Nashville

While conventional film schools and film certificate programs have their students sitting in class for much of their education, our students spend their time in the industry, working and learning on real projects in tandem with completing their eBook assignments. Written by working filmmaking professionals, our industry-oriented curricula enable our students to gain the historical and foundational knowledge they need to make the most of their time in the field. With us, it’s possible for aspiring film directors to build relevant know-how and experience right along with local Nashville television and film industry connections (which are most often times how people get hired in the industry).

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

Rather than ask you to move across the country to spend what can amount to tens of thousands of dollars on your filmmaking education, you can become an extern to a working film director or producer right in Nashville, Tennessee. Film Connection mentors are working professionals who earn a living in the industry. If attending lectures and writing papers is more your thing, definitely look into other film schools but if learning by doing and getting to assist on actual projects sounds more like your style, consider applying to Film Connection. Since lesson days and times are set up by you and your mentor, most working professionals find they have the time to both extern in-industry as well as complete their industry-oriented assignments on their own time.

Our Nashville Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

With Film Connection you gain exposure to the industry right alongside on-project training with your mentor. Rather than wondering whether you’d be a good director, you get to see what directing requires firsthand. You also get to experience what it’s like to assume other positions and do things like shoot B-roll, edit a scene, or serve as a producer on a project. Such direct experience is something many film school students at expensive film schools do not ever get the opportunity of doing.

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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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