Volunteer Hero: Meet Sophie

Every year our dedicated group of volunteers brings Environmental Film Festival Australia to life. These are the grinning faces you'll see on the ground at EFFA 2016. Sophie Lloyd is one of the brilliant brains on our marketing team.

When did you join the EFFA team?

In 2014, as an usher!

What made you want to come on board with EFFA this year?

It's a lot of fun, with a lot of interesting people, from areas of the intellectual and environmental world that I wouldn't normally stumble across. I love the community, and the ease with which you can learn from EFFA!

Which film/s have changed your perspective on the environment, and how?

Michelle Dougherty and Daniel Hinerfield's Sonic Sea has challenged me this year. I used to work in book publishing, and the amount of paper we printed scared my enviro conscience. Yet after seeing Sonic Sea, I realised how much further our impact goes. The enormous cargo ships, that constantly carry our books or anything and everything else around the world, have a devastating effect on marine life. And in some cases, the animal's ability to live. The impact we're having upon the sonic quality of the oceans hadn't even crossed my mind, yet the impact is real, and very disturbing. I really enjoyed this documentary – it's shot and constructed wonderfully – yet I'm frustrated and upset by what's happening; I'm looking forward to talking about it more at the festival this year.

What are you most excited about for this year's festival?

Meeting the people who come along to the festival to join the conversations.

What was the last film you watched and loved?

The last film I watched and loved was the Australian documentary Putuparri and the Rainmakers. It documents the success and struggle of Tom 'Putuparri' Lawford's people living in Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia, as they apply for native title over their land in Western Australia's Great Sandy Desert – an absolute must-see for everyone living in or visiting Australia.

What do you do when you're not volunteering with EFFA?

I'm studying within the JD program at the University of Melbourne, working at a bookshop, and talking about film!

What has volunteering with EFFA taught you?

I've learned that so many people care about the same things I care about, which is heartening at a time when we're all pretty damn concerned about the state of things environmentally.

Image credit: Isabella Connelley.