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Social Impact Media Awards

Global documentary competition.

About

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.

Awards

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AWARDS

  • Best Feature Documentary
  • Best Director
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing
  • Best Sound Editing

DOCUMENTARY SHORT AWARDS

  • Best Short Documentary
  • Best Director
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing
  • Best Sound Editing

JURY PRIZES – DOCUMENTARY @<$1000

  • Transparency
  • Stylistic Achievement
  • Ethos
  • Lens to Action

IMPACT VIDEO AWARDS

  • Humanitas
  • Creative Activism

JURY PRIZES – IMPACT VIDEO @<$500

  • Innovation
  • Impact

VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) + 360 AWARDS 

  • Best VR Experience
  • Best Director
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing
  • Best Sound Experience

Rules

  • Films must be completed between October 2016 and September 2017 to be eligible for entry.
  • Each entry may be submitted by only one individual or organization. If the film is a co-production, the entrant assumes full responsibility for notifying the other co-production partners of the entry.
  • All (non-English language) entries must be sub-titled in English.
  • Multiple projects may be submitted, however each film must have a separate completed submission form.
  • Submit online via the festival site or Filmfreway sistem.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Documents

Place

United States
West Hollywood

Official website

simaawards.org

Contacts

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    September 08, 2017
  • Earlybird Deadline
    September 26, 2017
  • Regular Deadline
    October 10, 2017
  • Late Deadline
    October 27, 2017
  • Notifications
    February 07, 2018
  • Event dates
    4 March 2018
Categories & Fees

(40min +)

  • Earlybird Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $60

(less than 40 minutes)

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $45

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.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $25
  • Late Deadline — $35

Individual, stand-alone VR films, less than 20 minutes in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $60

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.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $25
  • Late Deadline — $35
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