Get Hands-On Mentorship at our Tennessee Film Production School. Learn from Industry Insiders.

Lots of film schools claim they can get you on the path to a film career, but the Tennessee Film Connection is the only film school in the state that actually delivers.  How?  By keeping you out of the classroom completely!  Our unique training certificate program places you in a real film production company as a working extern, learning one-on-one from a seasoned film industry professional.  Your classes take place on-the-job and on the set, where you can gain valuable work experience and make important industry connections while you learn!  By the time you graduate, you are effectively already an industry insider, well ahead of the other film school students who spent all that time sitting in the classrooms.

Whether you want to be a cinematographer, film editor, screenwriter or director; whether you live in Chattanooga, Nashville or Memphis; whether you want to start our own production company in Tennessee or break into Hollywood to make your own films; whatever your plans for a film career, the Tennessee Film Connection is your gateway to get there!

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Learn Film Production Close to Home with a Tennessee Film Industry Insider

Need proof? Take a look at just a few of the major film and TV productions that have shot on location here in Tennessee: 

  • Walk the Line (2005)
  • Water for Elephants (2011)
  • October Sky (1999)
  • The Firm (1993)
  • Country Strong (2010)
  • The Green Mile (1999)
  • The Last Castle (2001)
  • Identity Thief (2013)
  • Cast Away (2000)
  • Nashville (TV Series, 2012-present)

When productions like these come on location to film, they often rely on local talent—and of course, there is plenty of local production activity ongoing in Tennessee.  You can see that there are plenty of opportunities to make industry connections without leaving the state—but you CAN’T make those connections sitting in a classroom.  You can only do it by getting on-the-job and on the set—and that’s where the Tennessee Film Connection puts you, from day one!

Explore our Innovative Film Programs and Courses in Tennessee. Get on a Streamlined Path to the Film Industry.

Our film training certificate program is endorsed by some of the biggest players in the entertainment industry, many of whom choose to teach for us because they know the best way for you to learn is to become directly involved with the industry.  We’ll pair you with a mentor who specializes in your particular area of interest (whether editing, cinematography, screenwriting, producing or directing), and you’ll follow a structured curriculum geared to your needs.  And here’s something no other film school in the world will do for you: if you want to break into Hollywood with your own film, your mentor will guide you step-by-step through the development of your own film idea, and then we’ll arrange for you to PITCH YOUR FILM to real film executives in Los Angeles!  (Yes, we’ve got connections there, too.)

What about the cost?  We know that getting buried in student debt could kill your film career before it ever starts, so unlike other film schools that charge ridiculous tuition rates, we keep your costs incredibly low.  With the Tennessee Film Connection, you’ll pay roughly 75% LESS for an on-the-job film education than most film schools charge to let you sit in their classrooms!

If you’re serious about pursuing a career in film, you owe it to yourself to see what our one-of-a-kind certificate program can do for you!  Apprenticeships are available now!  If you’re ready to get started, APPLY NOW FOR FREE



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