The Climate Action Film Festival (CAFF) by SunCommon returns for its FIFTH year! CAFF is seeking independent film submissions for a short film showcase to be debuted in our 2024 program. CAFF (est. 2019) is the first festival of its kind dedicated to stories of hope, resilience, and solutions to the climate crisis.

In 2021, CAFF created a virtual platform to showcase conversations with Jane Fonda, Bill McKibben, Jennifer Wickham of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, and award winning filmmakers like Anjali Nayar, Tom Mustill to a global audience.

In 2022, CAFF enhanced its digital experience with virtual Q&As from around the world and two nights of short film programming.

In 2023, we proudly returned to theaters in Hudson, NY and Burlington, VT with our original format of 10 short films in a single night of programming.

To keep barriers as low as possible, we continue to charge no entry fee for the standard submission window. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their short film by the early deadline and we do consider partially finished projects.

Climate Action Film Festival Rules & Terms

Submission and acceptance into the Climate Action Film Festival indicates that the Climate Action Film Festival has the right to use still images and film clips in printed and digital promotional materials.

Submitting to the Climate Action Film Festival grants SunCommon (the festival creator) and the partners they select to screen your film on a variety of streaming platforms and at a variety of venues on an ongoing basis for the duration of the festival season.

Submitting to the Climate Action Film Festival grants SunCommon (the festival creator) the right to host your film (with credit to the creators and end credits attached) on streaming platforms.

Entrants grant the festival organizers the right to use clips of your film for festival trailers and promotional materials.

Submissions accepted into the festival may not be withdrawn after acceptance.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening at the touring Climate Action Film Festival.

All rights must be cleared by the filmmakers before films are submitted. Consent of performers and/or persons appearing in the film must be obtained before films are submitted and solely the responsibility of filmmakers.