The annual SIMA AWARDS are the official global media competition of SIMA STUDIOS, a 501(c)3 non-profit impact media agency. We support and celebrate creative impact projects of excellence, screen films in communities and classrooms worldwide, and connect international audiences and organizations with the best GLOBAL IMPACT CINEMA.


We exist to advance global awareness, social justice, human rights and education by supporting independent content creators and organizations on the front-lines of social change, and amplify creative storytelling that inspires activism, compassion and social transformation.

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Since 2012, the annual SOCIAL IMPACT MEDIA AWARDS have set new standards of creativity and integrity in social impact storytelling, honoring eye-opening documentary filmmaking and VR experiences that exemplify excellence in their potential to inspire social change. Each year, projects are selected from over 140 countries around the world, competing for awards, cash prizes, media features, and entry into SIMA’s impact distribution channels.


Our international distribution channels: SIMAxSIMA Classroom, and SIMA RAMA maximize the impact and exposure of the best films from our annual awards. Through unique partnerships and collaborations with advocates, organizations and educational institutions, we host monthly screenings online, and year-round film events worldwide that cultivate awareness and engagement from the grassroots to the governmental level.


Our Fiscal Sponsorship program allows us to enable film and creative impact projects to raise tax-deductible funds in the US, in all stages of development, production, post-production, distribution, outreach and impact campaigns. Find out more here.


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 global community engagement programs: SIMAx and SIMA RAMA, a ground-breaking education program, SIMA Classroom, and an ever expanding film catalogue, The SIMA Collection. Through the annual SIMA AWARDS and year-round DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMS, we provide a catalyst for these important works, and serve as a cutting edge media reserve for educators, journalists and screening partners around the globe.


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