2016 EFFA Festival Patrons


Bob Brown Foundation

Bob Brown is a lifetime environmental campaigner who, through his work as an activist, a founder of the Wilderness Society, state MP for the Tasmanian Greens and Leader of the Australian Greens, has made countless contributions to progressing environmental causes. Bob now spends his time as Chairman of the Bob Brown Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting environmental activists in Australia and the Asia Pacific. 

The Environmental Film Festival of Australia is a feast of Earth’s delights, its ruination and action by an alarmed minority of environmentally –charged human beings. “Where is the fire in their bellies?” Judith Wright asked me of environmentalists in 1995. In 2016 the flame is lower – but not at EFFA! EFFA lights the fire in our bellies or, at least, our brains. Here is a must-go event for everyone who loves the living Earth and wants inspiration to join the campaign for its defence. And EFFA is on the move to Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Hobart. Don’t miss it.

Be entertained, inspired and, above all, get belly-fired at EFFA2016!
— Bob Brown, EFFA Patron




Tim Winton is the author of 28 books that are published in 30 languages.  Patron of the Australian Marine Conservation Society, he has been involved in environmental advocacy for over 20 years.  In 1997 he was listed as a National Living Treasure by the National Trust.

“People have been making art inspired by the natural world for as long as we’ve been humans. And nowhere in the world is this more evident than Australia where reverence for nature and awareness of our interconnectedness with the environment endures in paint and song and story. That’s a legacy of up to 60,000 years. And that’s something to remember and live up to. So around here this issue has always been important. But the world is changing quickly and our awareness of its vulnerability isn’t really keeping up… It’s never been more urgent that we think hard about how and where we live and look for ways of redressing the imbalance between our withdrawals and deposits.”