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IAFT Cebu, a VA approved film school in the Philippines

US military vet studies at VA approved film school IAFT Cebu

IAFT Cebu alumni, William T. Jones, is one of the many US veterans who graduated from the filmmaking program of the academy. Prior to enrolling in the filmmaking program in IAFT Cebu, he studied acting and is experienced already in shooting films. His decision in enhancing his filmmaking skills was set when he learned that IAFT is accredited by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA approved).

IAFT Cebu is a film school that is accredited by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA approved). The academy is eligible to accept students from the US military under various VA programs including the Chapter 30, Chapter 31, Chapter 33(otherwise known as the Post 9/11 GI Bill), Chapter 35 program and the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)program. The GI Bill was designed to provide education benefits to veterans and military servicemen. Eligible members of the Armed Forces and their beneficiaries are granted up to the full amount in tuition fees, as well as a housing allowance and a stipend for books and supplies.

Even though he already have prior experience in filmmaking, he still believes that the learning should not stop. Here’s what our filmmaking US vet has to say about IAFT.

Tell us about some of the projects you completed since graduating from IAFT.
Since graduating from IAFT I was part of The Philippines department of tourism “its more fun in the Philippines” advertisement campaign

What excites you the most about the current project you’re working on?
The thing that excites me the most about my current project is all the infinite amount of possibilities and the endless collaborations

How did IAFT help you in your current position?
IAFT helped me in my current position by giving me hands on experience in all aspects of the filmmaking process from pre production to production to post production and everything that goes into it and how to collaborate with all the different players involved with making a movie

What part of the Filmmaking profession do you find the most rewarding?
The part of the filmmaking profession that I find the most rewarding is he manifestation of a story onto the screen and the process it takes to manifest it

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
The biggest challenge that I have found thus far professionally is the patience it takes in between the work

What sorts of interesting places has your career taken you? Do you have a favorite?
The interesting places my career has taken me has been rubbing elbows with some of the top players in the industry and I will have to say that being able to rub elbows with them and pick their brain has been my favorite

What’s your dream job?
My dream job is to be the head of my own multimedia empire

What were you doing before you joined IAFT?
Before IAFT I was studying acting at UCLA Extension and Shooting a movie in Afghanistan

What was the most important thing you learned during your time at IAFT?
The most important thing I learned during my time at IAFT was collaborating with many filmmakers from all over the world and improvising on set because not everything will go according to plan so being able to improvise while remaining true to the vision of the movie is very important

What was your most memorable experience at IAFT?
My most memorable experience at IAFT has got to be attending the screening nights and graduations because we get to show off all of our many adventures over the last term and relive the memories of those adventures

How did the mentors at IAFT impact you?
The mentors at IAFT impacted me by the knowledge they shared and the invitation to always ask questions to gain more knowledge

Are you a military veteran or a dependent and you want to learn filmmaking, acting or 3D animation?



IAFT Cebu, Philippines is a film school that delivers an educational experience that reflects Hollywood roots and traditions. Founded in 2004, IAFT Cebu offers Certificate and Diploma programs in film , acting and 3D animation. Located in: One Hollywood Blvd
, Bigfoot I.T. and Media Park, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu, Philippines. Email:, Contact Numbers: Globe/Viber: +63-917-314-3456 Smart: +63-947-991-9659 Phone: +63-32-495-2111