Dr Maria O’Brien is a practitioner and scholar working in audiovisual and digital programming and policy. She is a co-founder of the East Asian Film Festival and was recently awarded support as a Future Screens Fellow to pursue new digital media. Maria’s doctoral research at Dublin City University was in the political economy of the audiovisual industry. With a former career in law, her work focuses on the intersection of law and policy in film and screen media. She has held lecturing roles in Dublin City University and University of Maynooth and is currently a Lecturer in Arts Management & Cultural Policy at Queen’s University Belfast.