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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

Management Team

  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.

Co-director: Brooke Daly

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. 

  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.

  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. 

The Impact Team also includes Brendan McDonagh.

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.

The Education Team also includes Bek Spies. 

Finance Team

Finance Manager: Adam Kinross