Tess is a Lecturer in the School of Communication at Queensland University of Technology. Her current areas of research include global screen distribution and exhibition, and gender equality and diversity in the screen industry, with a particular focus on international film festivals and emerging women’s cinema. Tess’ PhD was the first international study to investigate the role that international film festivals play in supporting and advancing the profiles of emerging women filmmakers. This included conducting research at the Toronto International Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Brisbane International Film Festival and employed qualitative research methods such as interviews with filmmakers, festival directors, programmers and a comprehensive analysis of each festival programme. Her work has been published in Studies in Australasian Cinema, New Review of Film and Television Studies and Cultural Studies Review.