Mason provides a perfect location between the two film worlds of Washington, D.C. and Richmond.

Bini the Pick UP Dc Shorts
DC Shorts Film Festival Awards ceremony with The Pick Up and BINIBINI wins Outstanding Local Filmmaker award. Pictured: Erblin Nushi (director, BINI), Giovanna Chesler (Film Lab director, The Pick Up) Lisa Thrasher (Film professor and producer, BINI), and Fjolla Nushi.

Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland—affectionately called the DMV—is one of the country's leading media production centers and a major contributor to our nation's $800 Billion creative economy.


George Mason University has built close partnerships with regional film offices, production and post-production houses, equipment rental facilities, film festivals, cable networks, casting agencies, television studios, professional media production organizations, professional sports teams, and companies large and small in order to support students as they transition into our industry. 

Best of at Washington West 2022
Students with Professor Lisa Thrasher presenting their films in the Best of Film at Mason Showcase at Washington West Film Festival. 

Java Richmond Festival
The first film from the Mason Film Lab, Java, made its festival debut on March 4, 2017, at the Richmond International Film Festival. JAVA was written and directed by Giovanna Chesler and stars Drae Campbell as Jet and George Mason School of Theater alum Rebecca Wahls as Diana.