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EFFA is a not-for-profit festival (DGR charity) run by a dedicated and passionate team of volunteers. Our team brings together a wide variety of experience to curate the best environmental films from around the globe, in a creative and dynamic environment. 

THE EFFA TEAM

DIRECTORS

  Chris Gerbing    Co-Director   Chris has been a part of the EFFA team since 2013. He spends his time communicating about the science of our precious oceans and climate at Australia's national science agency. He studied a climate science and film degree but has yet to enter anything into EFFA! He also has a Masters of Media and Communication.

Chris Gerbing

Co-Director

Chris has been a part of the EFFA team since 2013. He spends his time communicating about the science of our precious oceans and climate at Australia's national science agency. He studied a climate science and film degree but has yet to enter anything into EFFA! He also has a Masters of Media and Communication.

  Brooke Daly    Co-Director   Brooke is passionate about film and the arts, with 10+ years’ management experience in both, underpinned by a Masters degree in Communications. Inspired by unprecedented local and global environmental campaigns, Brooke sees EFFA as an important platform for sharing environmental information and stories, and enabling positive change.

Brooke Daly

Co-Director

Brooke is passionate about film and the arts, with 10+ years’ management experience in both, underpinned by a Masters degree in Communications. Inspired by unprecedented local and global environmental campaigns, Brooke sees EFFA as an important platform for sharing environmental information and stories, and enabling positive change.

Programming Team

  Nathan Senn    Programming Manager   Nathan is a cinephile, writer and cat-lover who alongside EFFA, currently curates for HRAFF, SUFF, MIFF and SFF.

Nathan Senn

Programming Manager

Nathan is a cinephile, writer and cat-lover who alongside EFFA, currently curates for HRAFF, SUFF, MIFF and SFF.

  Mark Newbound    Festival Programmer   Mark has an educational background in both ecology and filmmaking. Het teaches environmental subjects at uni, and makes short films when he finds the time.

Mark Newbound

Festival Programmer

Mark has an educational background in both ecology and filmmaking. Het teaches environmental subjects at uni, and makes short films when he finds the time.

  Dai Le    Festival Programmer   I like my beaches the way I like my rom-coms: Filled with sunsets and not filled with trash.

Dai Le

Festival Programmer

I like my beaches the way I like my rom-coms: Filled with sunsets and not filled with trash.

  Sophie Booth     Festival Programmer   Growing up in a Greens household in rural Tasmania, Sophie brings to the EFFA programming team a dedication to environmental stories, but first a foremost a love for film. 

Sophie Booth

Festival Programmer

Growing up in a Greens household in rural Tasmania, Sophie brings to the EFFA programming team a dedication to environmental stories, but first a foremost a love for film. 

  Charlie Freedman    Festival Programmer   Charlie Freedman is a filmmaker and curator based in Melbourne. He is the Director of the Dead End Film Festival (DEFF), co-founder of the 8a8ysteps Film Collective and co-author of the Incidental Cinema Manifesto. 

Charlie Freedman

Festival Programmer

Charlie Freedman is a filmmaker and curator based in Melbourne. He is the Director of the Dead End Film Festival (DEFF), co-founder of the 8a8ysteps Film Collective and co-author of the Incidental Cinema Manifesto. 

  Jennifer McAuliffe    Festival Programmer    Jennifer is a passionate advocate for the zero-waste movement. She works in film and television, and is hoping to make the industry more environmentally sustainable.

Jennifer McAuliffe

Festival Programmer

Jennifer is a passionate advocate for the zero-waste movement. She works in film and television, and is hoping to make the industry more environmentally sustainable.

  Andrea-Lucia Dixon    Festival Programmer   I am a dedicated human to the-art-of telling stories through the arts; photo, music, literature, film and LIFE! Living for stories worth telling.

Andrea-Lucia Dixon

Festival Programmer

I am a dedicated human to the-art-of telling stories through the arts; photo, music, literature, film and LIFE! Living for stories worth telling.

  Carolin Saan    Festival Programmer   An Estonian living in Melbourne who loves nature and drinking coffee from her favourite Moomin mug.

Carolin Saan

Festival Programmer

An Estonian living in Melbourne who loves nature and drinking coffee from her favourite Moomin mug.

Impact Team

  Alex Stott    Impact Manager   Alex has been creating impact through EFFA for the past three years. Mon-Fri she works in Transport Policy and on the weekends she enjoys cycling and whale watching. 

Alex Stott

Impact Manager

Alex has been creating impact through EFFA for the past three years. Mon-Fri she works in Transport Policy and on the weekends she enjoys cycling and whale watching. 

  Tom Overton Skinner    Impact Officer    Freshly returned from France, Tom is a Geography and French graduate. He is passionate about how we conceptualise the environment and our relationship with it. 

Tom Overton Skinner

Impact Officer

 Freshly returned from France, Tom is a Geography and French graduate. He is passionate about how we conceptualise the environment and our relationship with it. 

  Brendan McDonagh    Impact Officer   Brendan has been working in the environment space for almost 8 years, and has a keen interest in climate change adaptation and sustainable design. He currently works for local government and just finished his Masters of Environment (finally!).

Brendan McDonagh

Impact Officer

Brendan has been working in the environment space for almost 8 years, and has a keen interest in climate change adaptation and sustainable design. He currently works for local government and just finished his Masters of Environment (finally!).

  Kim Ingles    Impact Officer   Film producer/editor with a passion for sharing stories with a good message, Kim also facilitates storytelling workshops to help build capacity for social impact.

Kim Ingles

Impact Officer

Film producer/editor with a passion for sharing stories with a good message, Kim also facilitates storytelling workshops to help build capacity for social impact.

Marketing, Communications & Design Team

  Melissa Wellham    Web & Content   Melissa works at a climate change not-for-profit by day, and volunteers with EFFA by night. In-between she is a freelance writer, film watcher and book reader.

Melissa Wellham

Web & Content

Melissa works at a climate change not-for-profit by day, and volunteers with EFFA by night. In-between she is a freelance writer, film watcher and book reader.

  Echo Chen    Social Media Coordinator   Digital marketer turned early childhood teacher. I love films, my cat, and all the little wonders in life and in nature.

Echo Chen

Social Media Coordinator

Digital marketer turned early childhood teacher. I love films, my cat, and all the little wonders in life and in nature.

  Pia Richard    Graphic Designer   Pia is a Melbourne-based graphic designer who would always rather be frolicking in an ocean or a forest somewhere else.

Pia Richard

Graphic Designer

Pia is a Melbourne-based graphic designer who would always rather be frolicking in an ocean or a forest somewhere else.

EDUCATION TEAM

  Tess Macrae     Education Program Manager   Tess is an economist who is fascinated by the challenge of maintaining economic development without irreparably damaging the environment. The passion of young people at EFFA Education gives her hope for the future of our world.

Tess Macrae

Education Program Manager

Tess is an economist who is fascinated by the challenge of maintaining economic development without irreparably damaging the environment. The passion of young people at EFFA Education gives her hope for the future of our world.

  Bek Spies    Education Program   Bek delights in a festival that combines several of her mutual passions - environmental/social justice, film, and empowering young people to create positive change!

Bek Spies

Education Program

Bek delights in a festival that combines several of her mutual passions - environmental/social justice, film, and empowering young people to create positive change!

Finance Team

  Adam Kinross    Finance Manager   Adam brings to the team years of experience working in Finance in the NFP sector in both Melbourne and Latin America.

Adam Kinross

Finance Manager

Adam brings to the team years of experience working in Finance in the NFP sector in both Melbourne and Latin America.