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

Wanna go to Film School? What? It’s too expensive? And you don’t leave with anything other than a diploma and some crappy student films?

Well, I guess you’re right.


Film Connection Film Schools in Norfolk, VA, and Newport News, VA fixes all of those problems. The Film Connection pairs young filmmakers with working film professionals who can help tutor and guide their careers.

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

With the amount of production activity that takes place, the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News area is a great connection point for film students and filmmaking professionals. Our revolutionary mentor-extern approach puts you close to the action in ways that other film schools can’t match. We pair you with a working film or television professional who personally instructs you on real film and video shoots, also helping you make industry connections of your own that can lead to future work. Let Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News FILM CONNECTION get you on the path toward your dreams today!

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 Norfolk

The Film Connection emphasizes real-world film industry experience over theory and conjecture. We give you the keys to the car. You’re going to be making the movie you want to make with the assistance of real industry professionals.

The Film Connection teams you up with a professional screenwriter, an editor, and two mentors to help you make the movie you want to make. And the best part? The end of the program is you and a studio exec in a room. And what are you doing? You’re pitching him your movie. BOOM.

Our Norfolk Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

The cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Newport News, Virginia serve to anchor the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, the 43rd largest DMA in the nation. Located on opposing shores of a large natural harbor connected with the Chesapeake Bay, the area provides plenty of urban and natural backdrops for filming locations. Several production companies make their home in this area, and a significant number of movies, TV shows, and documentaries do location filming in and around the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News area. A few of these films include Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain, Navy Seals, Atlantis Down, and The Bill Collector, to name a few. TV production is no stranger to this area, either; episodes of Cops, WWF Raw, and Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives have been shot here, among others.

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…


Please take the time to read the experiences of one of our own, Korey Hehn of Pineville, OR…


The Film Connection program provided me with an opportunity to "see it and believe it"!…


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