With seventeen (17) years experience in film festival management, Coombes is a veteran film festival professional. Currently Programmer for Asian Cinema content for the 2015 Miami International Film Festival she is also handling all world-wide festival bookings for LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, a new Award Winning gay documentary. From 2010-2014 Coombes was the Program Associate Manager of the Miami International Film Festival and from 2009-2013 the Managing Director of Philadelphia QFest, the third largest gay & lesbian film festival in the United States, and the largest queer film festival on the East Coast. Between 2001-2008 she was the Programming Director of the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Under her leadership the MGLFF positioned itself as one of the key queer film festivals in the U.S. in 2008, Coombes received the Aqua Foundation for Women “Founders Award” for her work in the LGBTQ community of South Florida, and was also formally recognized by the Mayor and Commissioners of the City of Miami Beach. A native of Manchester, England, she holds a BA Hon. in Anthropology & Media Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a postgraduate diploma in camera/lighting for film & television from the University of Leeds/Northern School of Film & Television. Always eager to learn, and ready for the next challenge, she is excited to be joining the Board of Aqua!