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Dr Tess Van Hemert
Lecturer, Media & Entertainment
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice,
School of Communication
+61 7 3138 5996
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology)

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Dr Van Hemert is a member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and the Film Festival Research Network.


Dr Tess Van Hemert is a Lecturer in Media and Entertainment Industries  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. Tess has previously been a judge for the Brisbane International Film Festival and the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards.


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Dr Van Hemert has taught courses in screen and entertainment industries with a focus on international cinema, screen distribution and film festivals, gender, race and diversity. She currently the unit coordinator for:

  • CYB102 Introduction to Media and Entertainment Industries
  • KXB303 Entertainment Project 2: Production
This information has been contributed by Dr Tess Van Hemert.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.