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

Film at Mason at DC Shorts Film Festival

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

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.

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