About Us

The Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY) has become the premier student-run festival for environmental films. The 5th annual EFFY showcases the arts through incisive, cutting edge films that raise awareness of environmental and related social issues. We aim to facilitate meaningful discourse and spark action and innovation throughout the Yale community and beyond.

All films and events are free and open to the public.

The EFFY Team


Kendall Barbery

Elizabeth Babalola

Co-Director. Elizabeth is a second-year Master of Environmental Management student at Yale F&ES from Nigeria who is passionate about young people and increasing their involvement in the process of change via environmental education. Thus far, she has worked as an environmental education consultant and an entrepreneur. She loves working with kids, outdoors planting street trees or in the classroom talking about ecology or reproductive and sexual heath and is currently interested in the relationship that Nigerian students have with their environment. Elizabeth loves to salsa and is excited to about working on the 6th EFFY and the 2nd Young Filmmakers and Photographer’s contest.



Rebeka Ryvola

Rebeka Ryvola

Co-Director. Rebeka was born in what was once Bohemia and lived in an Austrian refugee camp with her parents, brother, and pet rabbit before growing up in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Her goal in life is to learn forever and make the world a happier place. She’s happiest when she’s outside/around friends and family. At Yale, she loves being a part of the Women in Science at Yale mentorship program, gardening with grade 2 farmers at the Yale Farm, working for the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, co-leading the Environmental Justice student interest group (with two amazing people named Lexi and Anandi), and doing as many other things as possible. Her master’s at Yale F&ES is focused on climate change adaptation, gender equality, communications, and disaster risk reduction.

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Richard Miron

Lexi Tuddenham

Co-Director. Lexi is a second-year Masters student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. After studying biology as an undergraduate, she was inspired by her professional experiences in international development, environmental education, and advocacy to focus on community management of resources, environmental justice, and environmental communication at Yale F&ES. She has lived and worked in China, Nepal, and Colorado, where most recently, she was on the screening committee for the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival. She loves the American West, rivers and mountains, climbing, floppy-eared dogs, and good stories.


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Paul Thomson

Taylor Rees

Director of Programming. Taylor is our Director of Programming for EFFY 2014. She is currently a Master's candidate at Yale F&ES, focusing on environmental communication and media, natural resource anthropology, and sustainability issues within the outdoor industry. She is the co-director of WESTIES, a student group involved with conservation issues in the intermountain American West, and currently leading a climate change multimedia journalism project at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Her background in media campaigns and film production developed overtime as she has woven these mediums into her environmental research in Greenland, Alaska, the desert Southwest, and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Taylor graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Biology and a focus in climate change ecology and communication.

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Tse Yang Lim

Director of Operations Tse Yang is a Master of Environmental Management student at Yale F&ES, where he works on how to improve decision-making and policy learning. He has an obsession with large-scale interactions and linkages across disciplines and sectors. He has previously worked at the Marine Conservation Institute in Washington, DC; the Center for Governance and Sustainability in Boston; and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations. Tse Yang hails from Singapore, and graduated from Yale with a B.S. in Biology.

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Phil Santiago

Andrej Pavlovic

Andrej is a first year MEM student at Yale F&ES focusing on the intersection between energy and finance. In addition to EFFY, Andrej is working with the Yale Center for Business and the Environment and the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. Prior to Yale, Andrej spent 4 years working in solar energy in San Francisco, California. He graduated from UCLA in 2009 and is an avid skier, snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast.

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Emily Schosid

Shane Feyers

Design and Media. Shane is a Master of Environmental Management Student at Yale F&ES. His interests of environmental philosophy and social ecology led him to investigate the political and social dimensions of conservation planning and design. Holding a BSc. in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut, he earned a wildlife Track & Sign field certification in South Africa and spent a semester abroad studying sustainability science in Western Australia. Engaged in entrepreneurial activities and advocacy, he spends his free time recreating in green (and blue) spaces around the East Coast.

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The EFFY Team

  • Elizabeth Babalola (Co-Director)
  • Rebeka Ryvola (Co-Director)
  • Lexi Tuddenham (Co-Director)
  • Taylor Rees (Director of Programming)
  • Tse Yang Lim (Director of Operations)
  • Andrej Pavlovic (Director of Finance)
  • Shane Feyers (Design and Media)

Advisory Board

Eric Desatnik,

Tamar Cooper,

Chandra Simon,
Senior Advisor, Former Executive Director

Mary Fischer,

Gordon Geballe,
Associate Dean of Alumni and External Affairs, Lecturer in Urban Ecology, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies