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

Thought you had to choose between Mardi Gras and film school? No way. Film Connection is now available in New Orleans. You’ll start by meeting a real working industry mentor who will guide you through the curriculum, the how-to of filmmaking. And you’ll also meet other industry pros who can actually get you hired. It’s a new type of film school, technically a trade school but wer’re anything but “bookish” in our methodology. Read on and learn more about what we believe film school should be: A means to really learn the ins-and-outs of the industry, gain experience, and get connections.

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

At the New Orleans Film Connection, our externs learn about gaffers and grips, blocking and backlighting, and everything else that goes into making a film. Working one-on-one with a mentor within a professional production company, you’ll get hands-on experience on how to work with actors, cinematographers, producers, and other key players in the process. Become familiar with all phases of making a movie. Be in the room during pre-production meetings. Be on-location during the shoot. Be in the cutting room while a director and editor work to bring it all together. And be ready for long days and little sleep.

Meet Our Mentors

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 New Orleans

And you won’t have to pay a premium to do it or uproot your life for years on end. Our tuition costs are just a fraction of what universities and outrageously expensive film schools require and our programs run just six to nine months. Instead of spending years in a classroom, doesn’t it make sense to spend that time getting experience? And when you’re starting out in the film industry, having tens of thousands of dollars in debt to pay back is probably the last position you want to be in.

Our New Orleans Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

With Film Connection, you’ll get more than your foot in the door – you’ll have a seat at the table. You’ll be learning and working alongside those that are already making a living in the industry. Along with the one-on-one time you get with your mentor, you’ll also be interacting with those around the set, on location, and elsewhere within the production company. Even if your only interest is to gain the knowledge and experience to make your own movie, you’ll still need a crew to pull it off. If you’re looking for work in a production company, they may also become your coworkers and even employers. How will you be remembered? The experience you gain working on the gear and the technical side of movie production is undeniable – but how you handle these daily opportunities to prove yourself is just as important.

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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