SOCIAL IMPACT MEDIA AWARDS (SIMA)

The annual SIMA Awards celebrate the best impact filmmaking from around the world that inspires activism, compassion and social transformation. Each year, films are selected from over 140 countries, competing for awards, cash prizes, industry accolades, media features, distribution opportunities, and entry into SIMA’s signature film programs. 

JUDGING

SIMA’s JURY consists of award-winning media industry leaders, impact producers, 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 outstanding storytelling for progressive social change.

ENTRY CATEGORIES & AWARDS

DOCUMENTARY FILMS (FEATURES & SHORTS) 

AWARDS

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

JURY PRIZES < $1000 per category

Transparency | Stylistic Achievement | Ethos | Lens to Action

VIRTUAL REALITY (VR)

AWARDS

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

JURY PRIZES < $1000 per category

Immersive Impact | Experimental Advocacy | Journalistic Achievement

IMPACT VIDEOS (INNOVATIONS & CREATIVE IMPACT)

AWARDS

Humanitas | Creative Activism

JURY PRIZES < $500 per category

Innovation |  Impact