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

Are you ready to take your idea to the next level? If you are then the Film Connection Film School in New York, NY mentored-externship program is for you. We offer film directing training that is designed specifically to help you get your movie made. The New York Film Connection works with many filmmakers and film production companies throughout the city so we can help you tap into the local film infrastructure and move on to realize your dreams. You’ll be working with the gear, interfacing with working film, TV, or commercial production professional, and learning by doing, in just the same way so many greats before you have done.

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

It’s important to understand that you can’t learn how to be a director by studying books alone. Arguably, the best way to become a director is to learn by doing under the supervision and guidance of a professional filmmaker who can steer you clear of making those common beginner mistakes. If everything you’ve read thus far resonates with you and you have an idea for a movie, then definitely consider enrolling in and attending the New York Film Connection film directing mentored externship or 100% online, one-on-one training. The New York Film Connection is ready to help you take those next steps. Our Film Directing methodology is all about guiding you and helping you transform your idea into your movie.

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Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

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Alejandra Huerta

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Get Real World Film Production Experience in New York City

The Film Connection approach to film school takes heed of the advice of famous directors and connects you inside the film business, with mentors who are in the industry in real life, who are connected with the local film scene and resources, and who operate as part of the community they work in. Do the student externship and you could be learning surrounded by film professionals, observing and participating live in a real-world film project with an actual budget. You can’t fake or simulate this kind of experience—it’s the fast track to what you need to know to make your movie.

Our New York City Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

Why on earth would you want to go tens of thousands of dollars into debt for film school? That’s one of the quickest ways to kill your career before it starts. The Film Connection has devised a way to keep our tuition rates low, so you can get a world-class film education and still graduate with little or no debt. Other schools not only cost more, but they also have lots of add-on charges. You do not have to spend from 10 to 50 thousand dollars to go to film school at a college or film trade school when you can learn filmmaking in just 6-9 months and for a lot less money than you’ll pay to attend the average institution.

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311 W 34TH Street
New York, NY 10001

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1330 Avenue of the Americas 23A
New York, New York 10019

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112 Lincoln Avenue Suite 509
Bronx, NY 10458

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82-35 Beverly Rd.
New York City, NY 11415

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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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