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

Did you know you can get a world-class film education right here in Tampa and St. Petersburg area? You’ll also get a chance to work in a real-world filmmaking environment with your own industry contact. Film Connection film school in Tampa, FL links our students up with local filmmakers who mentor them in their own studios and production houses. You’ll get mentors for your concentration to work with you in our 6-month behind-the-scenes program or 8-month director track. Directors also get an industry mentor based in Los Angeles who will help sharpen their pitch for a week-long L.A. visit. You’ll receive what no other film grad gets, a private pitch meeting with an executive who can actually greenlight your project! Apply today to see if you’ve got the next hot Hollywood project in you!

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

The Tampa-St. Petersburg area is Florida’s second-largest metropolitan area, boasting a combined population of over 2.7 million people, and encompassing Sarasota, Clearwater, and several additional communities. While film schools are generally scarce in the area, there are several film or television companies that make their home in Tampa-St. Petersburg, and it is only 100 miles or so to Orlando, a major filmmaking hotspot. Many major movies, commercials, TV shows, and documentaries are filmed in this area, making it ideal for those filmmakers who prefer not to live in Orlando or relocate to Los Angeles or New York. If you are considering a career in filmmaking as a film producer, film director, or film editor, the Tampa and St. Petersburg area is an excellent choice for you.

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Among the many well-known movies that have been filmed in the Tampa and St. Petersburg area are Goodfellas, Sweet Dreams, The Punisher, A Time to Kill, Cocoon, Lethal Weapon 3, and Oceans Eleven, just to name a few. This area is no stranger to television production, either. Among the shows that have done filming in Tampa-St. Petersburg are The Glades, WWF Raw, True Life, and of course live television coverage of major sports teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Our Tampa Film Industry Mentors Help you Build Real World Connections

With the numerous film and television productions taking place, and with the area’s excellent scenery and close proximity to other filmmaking hotspots, the Tampa-St. Petersburg area can be ideal for connections with film students and filmmaking professionals alike. The Tampa-St. Petersburg FILM CONNECTION can help you get the valuable connections you need to launch your career while giving you hands-on experience that rivals any other film school out there–all at a fraction of the cost of other film schools. Many of our students land permanent industry jobs even before they graduate. You owe it to yourself to see what FILM CONNECTION can do for you!

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5815 21st Street West
Bradenton, FL 34207

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