Our volunteers are vital to what we do and the Festival just couldn't work without them. Meet Ria Howell, our Film Submissions Co-ordinator:
What is your environmental and/or film passion?
As a kid, I loved being outside. I learned to appreciate nature's beauty at a very young age, but it wasn't until I became an Environmental Studies student at San Francisco State University, that I truly learned the value of nature and the role our environment plays in humanity's survival.
Humanity is not capable of existing without a healthy environment, so it is in our best interests to protect and care for the environment for future generations.
I also believe that films have the power to elicit certain emotions that other forms of media may not be able to do. There is something so compelling about seeing environmental issues expressed through film.
Why did you want to join the SFGFF team?
I wanted to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to bringing communities together, informing the public on environmental topics, and creating a dialog between environmentalists and the public. The SFGFF is an organization that encompasses all of that and more.
The SFGFF is a great platform for environmentalist and filmmakers to come together from all over the world to showcase what they consider to be important topics in the environmental movement.
How could I not want to be a part of something so inspiring and crucial for the environmental movement!
What is your role in the team?
My role as the Film Submissions Coordinator is to keep track and organize all of the films that are submitted, and to help with the judging process. I also help create a line of communication between filmmakers and the SFGFF organization.
What are you most excited about for the 6th SF Green Film Festival?
This is my first time working with the SFGFF, so I am very excited to see the whole process of putting an event like this together. I am also excited to see all the international films that we have been receiving.