The Learn in L.A. Film Program by Film Connection

The Learn in Los Angeles Film Program by Film Connection, your Film School Alternative

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Important Information for Parents

If you are a parent or guardian of someone considering the Learn in L.A. Film Program by Film Connection, we recognize that you have an important decision to make. In order to choose the best education option for your child or loved one, you need to be armed with the facts. To help with this decision, we’ve provided some important information about our film school below. Feel free to bookmark this page and use it for further reference.


Nearly thirty years ago, we noticed how film schools and other trade schools had developed the practice of baiting students with inflated promises of success, taking their money, processing them through a curriculum, and leaving them with virtually no industry connections and no job prospects—only a fairly useless diploma and a lot of debt. When we realized that most film professionals (even the ones who went to film school) claimed that their REAL education in filmmaking came from working one-on-one with industry professionals on real film shoots, we decided to combine the best elements of traditional education with a one-on-one learning approach—and Film Connection was born.

Since that time, we’ve educated thousands of students utilizing this mentor-apprentice approach—but more importantly, we’ve helped the majority of these students launch productive careers in the film industry simply by educating them in the real world. Because of the many connections we’ve made over the years through our unique approach, our Learn in L.A. Film Program can offer students the chance to learn the movie business from real Hollywood industry insiders, and can even give our students the chance to pitch their own movie to actual Hollywood executives—something no other film school in the world can offer.


In this industry, what Hollywood is looking for is not how many years you went to film school, but how good you are at what you do. At Film Connection, we’ve come to understand that the fastest way to learn a job is to do the job—and we’ve also discovered that placing our students with working film professionals helps them learn the job much more quickly. Because of the very nature of our practical, hands-on approach to learning, our students can learn more about real filmmaking in six months than most film students learn in 3-4 years using the traditional approach.


The fact that the Learn in L.A. Film Program is only 13,500 (compared to 70,000 or more at other film schools) has sometimes caused people to question whether our program is “too good to be true.”

Here’s the truth about why we’re so affordable: we have no “campus” to maintain, no expensive film equipment to buy, no excessively large staff to pay—in effect, the mentor-apprentice approach requires very little overhead. Because we educate our students in real Hollywood production companies and on existing film shoots, they are learning on existing equipment within functional production companies, not on a separate campus or simulated studio environments. Sometimes the best solution to a problem also happens to be the most affordable solution. When you do it right, learning the film business does NOT have to cost a small fortune. We’ve been proving that fact for nearly 30 years.

The bottom line is that we are a fully accredited school with a comprehensive curriculum and a proven track record of success. It just so happens that we can offer this education for a fraction of the cost of other schools simply by providing a smarter alternative approach.


The Film Connection has been in business since 1983, and continually updates its curriculum to stay current with the times and technology. We have placed thousands of students for film apprenticeships over the years, and seen most of them find lucrative positions within the film industry. Our corporate offices are in the heart of Hollywood, at the corner of Hollywood and Vine, so wherever we place your child for apprenticing in the Los Angeles area, rest assured we are not far away. We also welcome emails or phone calls anytime there is a question or concern. We are here, and we are not going anywhere.


The Learn in L.A. Film Program by Film Connection is an industry-sponsored program endorsed by some of the most prominent professionals in the film industry. (Click HERE to learn about some of our Ambassadors.) We are fully accredited as an institute of higher learning, both by the National Private School Accreditation Alliance (NPSAA) and the United States Bureau of Accredited Schools (USBAS). We are also members in good standing with the Online Business Bureau, the Better Internet Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce on the Web.

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Our film program has also been recognized by several professional associations, which include the following:

  • American Association for the Arts
  • The Independent Film Alliance
  • The National Guild for Community Arts Education
  • The National Academy of Broadcasting
  • Film Independent


One of the best ways to measure the quality of a program is to read what others have to say about it. Film Connection has received many positive comments from our students, from industry professionals and from the press. Click the links below to read more.

Comments from the Media
Success Stories (videos)
Written Testimonials from Students