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

The film industry is changing. It’s a fact. The traditional route of attending film school, then making a short, and then praying that it gets picked up on the festival circuit is dead.

If you’re an aspiring filmmaker and you’re looking to break in to the film industry you need to attack things from a different angle. You need to get out there and meet people. You need to shake hands and impress people with your diligent work ethic.

The Richmond-Petersburg Film Connection Film School Film School is your best bet for a successful career in the film industry. The Film Connection runs on an apprentice/mentor basis. We will team you up with working industry professional who can help you achieve your dream.

We’ll also team you up with a Hollywood screenwriter that will help you write a screenplay, an editor, and two mentors that will help you through all of your creative decisions.

Film Connection. The way film school should be.

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

Richmond is the state capital of Virginia, anchoring a greater metro area of over 1.2 million people. About 20 miles to the south lies the smaller community of Petersburg with a population of around 34,000. These cities lie in a strategic area, close to plenty of natural scenery and urban backdrops ideal for location filming. A number of entertainment pros and celebrities have had ties to the area, including Shirley MacClaine, Warren Beatty, Blair Underwood and Joseph Cotten.

Many major movies, commercials, TV shows and documentaries are filmed throughout Virginia, and the Richmond-Petersburg is no exception. Some of the movies that have been filmed in and around this area include Cold Mountain, Doc Hollywood, Evan Almighty, Mission Impossible III, G.I. Jane, The Jackal, and acclaimed TV mini-series John Adams, just to name a few. If you are considering a film career as a film director, film producer, film editor or otherwise, you’ll find the Richmond-Petersburg area to have plenty of opportunities to learn.

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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 Richmond

With our many professional connections and relationships forged over the years, FILM CONNECTION is in a unique position to help fulfill your dreams of a career in the film and TV industry. Our revolutionary mentor-extern approach pairs you with a working film or TV professional who personally instructs you giving you access to the real-world industry in ways other film schools can’t match. Discover why many of our graduates go on to permanent employment. Enroll in our Richmond-Petersburg Film School, and let us get you on the set!

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Our Richmond Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

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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