Tessa has written and directed several short films which have won awards across Europe and the US, including the Palme D’Or at Cannes and the BBC award for Best Short Drama.
Three of her feature film screenplays have won development funding. Most recently STEP 13, a UK/Danish co-production, was awarded a major MEDIA EU development- to-production grant.
Tessa also works across other media. Her experimental radio play Flotsam was broadcast by BBC Radio 3. Her short stories have won competitions including the Chester Prize, and been published in two collections to date.
Tessa has extensive experience in feature film screenplay development, devising and leading programmes for MEDIA EU, the Film Council, the British Council, the First Film Foundation etc.
She is currently writing her latest feature film project, Unmourned.