Kirsten Stevens is Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne School of Culture and Communication. Her research specialises in examining film festivals and their operation as national, transnational, institutional, cultural and aesthetic events. She has a background in screen and media studies and is the author of Australian Film Festivals: Audience, Place and Exhibition Culture (Palgrave Macmillan 2016), the first book to offer an in-depth examination of the history, operation, and growth of film festivals as a cultural phenomenon within Australia. Kirsten’s principal research interests include festivals and events, cultural industries, media history, digital media technologies, visual culture, media exhibition and distribution, audiences and reception studies, Australian cinema and women’s cultural production. Her existing research primarily examines the development and operation of film festivals and related film culture activities, with a particular interest in interrogating how these activities intersect with issues and practices in the exhibition, distribution and reception of world cinema and Australian national cinema. Her current research investigates the impact of digital technology, online environments and forms of digital distribution and exchange on the organisation and experience of contemporary cultural festivals. She is particularly interested in looking at how digital technologies and their integration into cultural industries and festival events are reworking existing networks of exchange, event management and forms of participation. Kirsten is deputy director of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival. She is vice president of Senses of Cinema online journal.