SOCIAL IMPACT MEDIA AWARDS (SIMA)

The annual SIMA Awards celebrate the best impact documentaries from around the world that inspire activism, compassion and social transformation.

SIMA 2017 WILL OPEN FOR ENTRIES ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

ENTRY CATEGORIES & PRIZES

DOCUMENTARY FILMS (FEATURES AND SHORTS)

We are looking for original, wise, brave, eye-opening and creative productions that increase the awareness of viewers to global injustices, to the resilience of humans facing deprivation, to the politics of international development, and to efforts and agents of change worldwide. We seek productions that raise important questions about the state of our contemporary world, and inspire people to reflect on the meaning and potential of social activism, social justice and social transformation. 

  • Finalists gain entry into the SIMA Collection and SIMA Traveling Series
  • Jury Prizes worth up to $1000 per category
  • Winners may also be featured at the SIMA 2017 Winners Film Festival* (official festival name and date TBD)

VIRTUAL REALITY (VR)

We are looking for the best social impact virtual reality films, from journalism, citizens journalism to documentary film, and creative storytelling.

  • Finalists gain entry into the SIMA Collection and SIMA Traveling Series
  • Jury Prizes worth up to $1000 per category
  • Winners may also be featured at the SIMA 2017 Winners Film Festival* (official festival name and date TBD)

IMPACT VIDEOS (INNOVATIONS & CREATIVE IMPACT)

SIMA champions unique development, social justice and education initiatives whose video productions capture the processes behind innovative impact programs, as well as creative awareness videos that ignite critical consciousness of current social issues. NOTE: We do not accept videos geared towards brand advertising or fundraising.

  • Finalists gain entry into the SIMA Classroom
  • Jury Prizes worth up to $500 per category

SUBMIT & FIND OUT WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

JUDGING

SIMA’s JURY consists of award-winning media industry leaders, educators, film and humanitarian professionals who select winners for each award category and jury prize. Films are judged on their potential to ignite critical consciousness through concept, direction, integrity and creativity, and their ability to inspire awareness, dialogues, actions, and best practices through storytelling for progressive social change.

AWARD CATEGORIES

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AWARDS

Best Feature Documentary | Best Director | Best Cinematography | Best Editing | Best Sound Editing

VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) AWARDS

Best VR Experience | Best Director | Best Cinematography | Best Editing | Best Sound Experience

DOCUMENTARY SHORT AWARDS

Best Short Documentary | Best Director | Best Cinematography | Best Editing | Best Sound Editing

IMPACT VIDEO AWARDS

Humanitas | Creative Activism

DOCUMENTARY JURY PRIZES

Transparency | Stylistic Achievement | Ethos | Lens to Action

VRITURAL REALITY (VR) JURY PRIZES

Immersive Impact | Virtual Impact | Journalistic Achievement | Creative VR Activism

IMPACT VIDEO JURY PRIZES

Innovation |  Impact