The Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) started as the first documentary and educational media competition honoring members of both the independent film and global humanitarian industries. We set out to propel and elevate social-impact filmmaking that inspires crucial perspectives and demonstrates unique potential to enlighten, transform, and positively impact our contemporary world. Over the years, we developed an international screening series, educational programs, community outreach initiatives and an ever expanding film catalogue (the SIMA Collection), curating and distributing the best impact cinema from around the globe. Through the annual SIMA AWARDS and year-roundFILM PROGRAMS, we provide a catalyst for these important works, and serve as a film reserve for educators, journalists and screening partners worldwide.
MISSION - To advance global awareness, social justice, human rights, and humanitarian development by catalyzing creative works of visual storytelling that inspire activism, compassion and social transformation.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AWARDS
DOCUMENTARY SHORT AWARDS
JURY PRIZES – DOCUMENTARY @<$1000
IMPACT VIDEO AWARDS
JURY PRIZES – IMPACT VIDEO @<$500
VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) + 360 AWARDS
No premiere requirement
(less than 40 minutes)
Creative impact and awareness videos that inspire critical consciousness of current social issues, for example: social-advertising, cause marketing, changemaker features, impact poetry films, or artistic takes on social advocacy. Between 2 and 20 minutes.
Individual, stand-alone VR films, less than 20 minutes in length.
Innovation videos that share unique insight into “how impact works”, capturing distinctive approaches, creative models, successful tactics and innovative projects of global development, education and social justice initiatives. Between 2 and 20 minutes.