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

Film Connection Film School in Roanoke, Virginia is the first step to a career in the film industry.

Do you want to be a famous director? Do you want to have a successful career telling stories and making people laugh? Well, then Roanoke and Lynchburg Film Connection Film Schools is the perfect place to start.

The Film Connection runs on an externship basis. You come in, tell us what you want to do as a career, and then we pair you with individuals already doing it. Sounds crazy, right? Sounds amazing, right? Well, it is.

The traditional film school is an expensive and antiquated dinosaur. In art and in life you have to streamline the unnecessary elements. Why would you pay $100,000 to a school that can’t guarantee you a job? It’s ludicrous.

In the film industry, it’s all about who you know. It’s all about what connections you have. How does going to film school get you connections? It doesn’t. Unless the film school was created to get you connections.

Film Connection is the only real way to break into the movie industry.

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

Located about an hour apart from one another along the Blue Ridge Mountain range in central Virginia, the cities of Roanoke and Lynchburg host a combined population of over 160,000 people, and both serve as commercial/business hubs for the area. Numerous entertainers and celebrities have ties to this area, including actors John Payne, Leslie Bibb, Skeet Ulrich, and Connie Britton. The Roanoke-Lynchburg area is convenient to plenty of beautiful natural scenery as well as within driving distance to larger cities like Richmond and Norfolk, making it a good hub for location filming.

Numerous movies, TV shows, documentaries, and specials have been filmed throughout Virginia, including in the Roanoke-Lynchburg area. Examples of films that have done location shooting in this area include What About Bob? Crazy People, Remember the Titans, Pilgrim’s Progress and In a Shallow Grave, to name a few. Whether your interest in a film career is in producing, directing, camera work, or post-production, there is plenty of opportunities to be found in this area.

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Get Real World Film Production Experience in Roanoke

FILM CONNECTION’s distinct advantage is the mentor-extern approach, in which we pair you with a working film or TV professional who instructs you one-on-one during real film and video shoots, putting you close to the action in ways other film schools can’t. As you learn, you’ll make vital industry connections that can lead to permanent employment; in fact, many of our graduates get industry-related jobs, often before even finishing our program!  You owe it to yourself to see how Roanoke-Lynchburg FILM CONNECTION can jumpstart your career!

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Our Roanoke Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

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…


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


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