Vanessa is currently Head of Department: Film + Media, National Film School, IADT, Dublin.

In 2016, she completed an MA Screenwriting (First Class Honours) from the National Film School IADT.
Vanessa worked on the feature doc ‘The 34th as co Director & Producer about the Marriage Equality organisation in Ireland (Winner Audience award & Spirit of the Festival at GAZE 2017).

Vanessa was the first recipient of the Tyrone Guthrie Film Bursary award.

She wrote and directed the Arts Council project award film ‘The Abandoning’, winning ‘Best Short Film’ at the Sky Road Film Festival and received a ‘Special Mention’ at the IndieCork Film Festival & Highly Commended at the Belfast Film Festival.

Vanessa also wrote and directed a short documentary called ‘The Beast’ for award winning production company Venom Films, produced by Andrew Freedman. She has worked extensively for Loopline Film on a variety of documentary projects, six part series including feature documentaries ‘John Ford – Dreaming The Quiet Man’ and ‘Jimmy Murakami – Non Alien’ winner best film at the Sacramento Film Festival.

She has received three IFTA nominations including ‘The White Dress’ the feature length music documentary shot in Mali, West Africa called ‘Dambé – The Mali Project’ which was nominated for an IFTA in the Best Feature Documentary category and ‘John Ford – Dreaming the Quiet Man’.

She wrote and directed the Film Board funded short film ‘The White Dress’ which won best short film awards at the Foyle, Belfast, & Geneva Film Festivals, and awards at Galway Film Fleadh, Kerry Film Festival and a nomination for an IFTA, it has been purchased / screened by RTÉ, Swiss, French and Italian Television.

Vanessa studied film as part of a Liberal Arts Degree at the University of Limerick.

Subsequently she worked in film training for nine years, mostly for Filmbase, Dublin where she still tutors on the documentary foundation course, she has also lectured on the film courses in the National Film School IADT, Griffith College Dublin, Colaiste Dhulaigh and the University of Limerick.