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Climate Action Film Festival raises over $9,000 for local advocacy groups

Mar 24 2021, 9:12 AM



WATERBURY, VT and RHINEBECK, NY (March 23, 2021) -- The Climate Action Film Festival (CAFF) by SunCommon wrapped up two weeks of digital events last week. The festival consisted of 6 days of short films, a feature film and nightly panel discussions with filmmakers and activists from around the world. Hundreds of people tuned in for each of the evening programs. This year’s CAFF was a donation based event and raised over $9000 that will be split between 350 Vermont and NY Renews to support their climate advocacy work in 2021.


The Climate Action Film Festival is a celebration of short films with a focus on solutions to the climate crisis. It is the first festival of its kind to exclusively feature storytelling around solutions rather than simply the impacts of climate change. CAFF’s inaugural year was held in person in March 2020 selling out 5 in person events in local film houses in Vermont and New York’s Hudson Valley. The film festival pivoted to a fully digital event in 2021.


“We built on the momentum from 2020's CAFF debut, as there is clearly a huge desire to engage with climate action through films and filmmaking. Storytelling through film carries a lot of weight, it can change minds, inspire action and create unity.” says Patrick McCormack, Storyteller at SunCommon and CAFF Creative Director.


With the festival period coming to an end, SunCommon has created a package to support other organizations in hosting their own events to inspire climate action. A selection of the films shown during CAFF will be available online starting in late April. The panel discussions with filmmakers and activists expanding on themes from the films will also be available. Individuals and organizations can get access to all of these films and additional content through a simple inquiry on the CAFF website.

“As part of our mission to inspire climate action both locally and beyond, it is our hope that others will host their own events in their communities or organizations to discuss how they can take local climate actions” McCormack said.


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About The Climate Action Film Festival (CAFF)

The Climate Action Film Festival (CAFF) is proudly created by SunCommon, a Certified B Corporation providing climate change solutions through affordable home and commercial solar in Vermont and New York’s Hudson Valley and Capital Region. Established in 2020, CAFF celebrates the power of storytelling to inspire, inform, and relate, and to bring more people into the climate action movement. The purpose of CAFF is to lift up those who play a part in restoring balance to our planet — the engineers, scientists, builders, thought leaders, and activists who are chipping away every day at this monumental challenge. CAFF is a new platform to celebrate these efforts and inspire greater action. For more information, visit:


About SunCommon

SunCommon is a market solution to climate change with a purpose beyond profit. As Vermont’s largest solar provider and a NYSERDA Quality Installer in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region of New York, we believe that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and brighter future – and renewable energy is where it starts. SunCommon is a Certified B Corp based on a rigorous third party assessment of our commitment to the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. Our 160 employees are passionate about our values led business. Our mission is to tear down barriers to clean energy and use our business as a force for good. For more information, go to and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @suncommon.



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