Film Schools Las Vegas

Film Schools Las Vegas

University of Nevada (UNLV)

University of Nevada (UNLV) is located less than 2 miles east of the Las Vegas strip. Offering a BA degree in film, the aim is to each students the foundations of visual storytelling.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, UNLV is the 4th most diverse University for undergraduate students.

Jimmy Kimmel, chef Guy Fieri and Tom Miller of band Black Camero all attended the University of Nevada.

Courses on offer include but are not limited to:

  • Language of Film
  • Film Analysis
  • Scrip Supervising and Continuity Style
  • Cinematography
  • Film Production Design
  • Directing

College of South Nevada

College of South Nevada has three main campuses in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson and is the largest higher education institution in Nevada.

Founded in 1971, the College of South Nevada enrols approximately 50,000 students per year.

In the 2-year Associates of Applied Science degree (Videography and Film), classes include:

  • Cinematography
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Film Studies
  • Production Design
  • Scriptwriting
  • Sound
  • Visual Effects

Video and Film Students have had over 50 nominations and won over 30 student production Emmy awards in the last 4 years.

Fees: approx. $6000 per semester.

Nomad Film School

Nomad Film School is based in Las Vegas and was established in 2015.
Workshops are offered to students looking to forward their career in the film industry.

Courses on offer:

  • The Art of Cinematography
  • Basic Composition
  • Know your Audience
  • Light
  • Creative Writing
  • Post-Production Editing

Nevada Film Commission

The Nevada Film Office created the Nevada Production Directory and Production Resources website to help promote and utilize professional crews, facilities, locate equipment and supplies, to showcase unique filming locations and help keep projects on time and on budget.

The website provides info on locations, production infrastructures, support services and permits as well as links to local film festivals and updated news on film events in Nevada. For all enquires relating to film and video production in Nevada, the Nevada Film Office website is

Film Tax Credits Nevada

The Film Office in Nevada provides information and guidance about its transferable tax credit for film productions in the state.

Qualifying projects must have a minimum budget of $500,000. A tax credit of 15% of the cumulative productions costs up to $6 million is available as well as 15% on wages, salaries and fringe benefits to all Nevada resident personel, or 12% to non-resident above the line personel.

Bonus incentives include an additional 5% of the qualifying production costs and a further 5% of qualifying costs if more than 50% of below the line crew are Nevada Residents and if more than 50% of filming days occurred in a Nevada county.

Talent Agencies Las Vegas

AC Talent Agency

AC Talent Agency was founded in 2013 when AC Talent and Next Model Management formed a partnership. They represent celebrities, models, actors, performers (print, commercial, TV/Film, hosting).

Red Agency

Red Agency has been running for 14 years and represents models, actors and other talent.

State Models and Talent Agency

State Models and Talent Agencyprovides men, women, children, actors and models.

Acting Classes and Workshops Las Vegas

DK Acting Class

DK Acting Class is a scene study acting class that teaches the technique of Milton Katselas.

Classes offered:

DKAC Scene Study (over 18s) – Commercial Acting Technique, Theatrical Acting Technique, Cold Reading, and more. $145 monthly.

DKAC Young Talent (under 18s) – As above. $25 per class.
1 Media Acting Academy has had successful students star in hit films such as Annabelle Comes home, Love Simon and Stealing Chaplin.

Core Classes – Acting for the Camera, Character Development, Breaking Down a Scene

Elective Classes – Acting for Commercials, Improvization for the Actor, Business of Acting.

Advanced Classes – Advanced Character Development, Scene Breakdown, Masterclass.

Film Festivals Las Vegas

The 48 Hour Film Project – Teams draw a genre, a character, a prop and a line on a Friday night. With 48 hours to complete their film, all projects are submitted and showcased for other filmmakers, friends and family.

Started in 2001 the 48 Hour Film Project is now in 130 cities around the world. Winners of each city are invited to compete in the national Filmapalooza Festival at the end of the year.

Las Vegas Film Festival

Las Vegas Film Festival runs from April to May annually in Downtown Las Vegas. Guests can expect to see a range of films, partake in Q&A with film crew and directors and get to see some behind the scenes footage.

The festival focuses on Feature Films, Documentaries, Shorts, Music Videos and Young Cinema Lab Shorts.

Las Vegas Black Film Festival

Las Vegas Black Film Festival was founded by Ms Michelle after noticing a huge gap in diversity in the Las Vegas film scene.

In its 8th year the festival runs from April to May annually.

Sin City Horror Fest

Sin City Horror Fest is in its 5th year and runs in September. Founded by 5 friends with a passion for film and the horror genre, the festival is an outlet for independent horror filmmakers to celebrate their work.
Other notable festivals in Las Vegas include:

  • Nevada Women’s Film Festival
  • Wild and Scenic Film Festival
  • Las Vegas Jewish Festival
  • Action on Film Fest