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September 8, 2020

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January 12, 2021

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February 10, 2021

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40 STORIES FROM 20 COUNTRIES ADVANCE AS FINALISTS IN THE 9TH ANNUAL SOCIAL IMPACT MEDIA AWARDS (SIMA 2021)  

LOS ANGELES (January 12, 2021) – SIMA 2021 finalists represent the future of filmmaking. 

The one thing that distinguishes humankind from all other known species is the ability to tell stories. To imagine them, to recollect them, and to share them. Our civilization exists based on the stories we tell one another. They are a bond that holds us together, and what SIMA’s 2021 finalists show us is that the power of storytelling has never been more apparent. It can impact lives, rewrite history, and transform societies before our very eyes…

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NEWSLETTER

#SIMA2021 Finalists Announced —From hospital walls to voting booths; from the streets to the senate; from Chechnya to Sierra Leone; this year’s SIMA Finalists give us incredible x-ray vision into the state of our contemporary world. With captivating storytelling and remarkable access, these diverse and courageous filmmakers not only amplify the stories of marginalized communities and individuals, but inspire and empower audiences to question and rise up against the oppressive systems that hold our society hostage from reaching its full potential.
Meet the finalists: simaawards.org/2021-finalists
The 9th Annual SIMA Awards are powered by VICE Impact, Human Sustainability Project, CTLST, The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), WITNESS and SEED & SPARK

INSTAGRAM

#SIMA2021 @simastudios Finalists Announced — From hospital walls to voting booths; from the streets to the senate; from Chechnya to Sierra Leone; this year’s SIMA Finalists give us incredible x-ray vision into the state of our contemporary world. With captivating storytelling and remarkable access, these diverse and courageous filmmakers not only amplify the stories of marginalized communities and individuals, but inspire and empower audiences to question and rise up against the oppressive systems that hold our society hostage from reaching its full potential.
Meet the finalists: simaawards.org/2021-finalists

The 9th Annual SIMA Awards are powered by @viceimpact @humansustainabilityproject @ctlst_media, @witness_org @docnational @seedandspark

FACEBOOK

#SIMA2021 Finalists Announced — From hospital walls to voting booths; from the streets to the senate; from Chechnya to Sierra Leone; this year’s @SocialImpactMediaAwards Finalists give us incredible x-ray vision into the state of our contemporary world. With captivating storytelling and remarkable access, these diverse and courageous filmmakers not only amplify the stories of marginalized communities and individuals, but inspire and empower audiences to question and rise up against the oppressive systems that hold our society hostage from reaching its full potential.
Meet the finalists: simaawards.org/2021-finalists

The 9th Annual SIMA Awards are powered by @viceimpact @humansustainabilityproject @ctlst_media @DOCorg @WITNESS @seedandspark

TWITTER

#SIMA2021 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED — From hospital walls to voting booths; from the streets to the senate; from Chechnya to Sierra Leone; this year’s @SIMAawards Finalists give us incredible x-ray vision into the state of our contemporary world. SHORTLIST: simaawards.org/2021-finalists 👉 simaawards.org/2021-finalists

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#SIMA2021 Finalists Announced —From hospital walls to voting booths; from the streets to the senate; from Chechnya to Sierra Leone; this year’s SIMA Finalists give us incredible x-ray vision into the state of our contemporary world. With captivating storytelling and remarkable access, these diverse and courageous filmmakers not only amplify the stories of marginalized communities and individuals, but inspire and empower audiences to question and rise up against the oppressive systems that hold our society hostage from reaching its full potential.
Meet the finalists: simaawards.org/2021-finalists
The 9th Annual SIMA Awards are powered by VICE Impact, Human Sustainability Project, CTLST, The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), WITNESS and SEED & SPARK

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HISTORY

In 2012, award-winning documentary filmmaker and human rights activist, Daniela Kon founded SIMA to support and champion excellence in social impact filmmaking by launching an annual awards program and global distribution platforms that amplify the power of media to foster a world that is free from prejudice, discrimination and oppression.

SIMA started as the first and only international media competition honoring achievements in the creative, human rights and humanitarian fields. Today, SIMA is the most renowned global curator in the social impact space, serving independent film, academic and global social justice industries around the world.

SIMA’S FOUNDER ON THIS YEAR’S FINALISTS

“We are witnessing extraordinary times. Communities are coming together like never before to take a collective stance against injustice, against the exploitation of our planet, against the way the crimes of history of discrimination and oppression have gone unpunished with no lessons learned. SIMA 2021 filmmakers are directing their lenses courageously towards those that are saying “enough!” We are honored to amplify these vital voices.”

– Daniela Kon, SIMA Founder and Executive

QUOTES ABOUT SIMA

“These courageous filmmakers and activists re-imagine socio-political filmmaking. They set new standards for transparency, integrity, and creativity, while transforming their cameras, their narratives, and by extension their audiences, into vehicles for social justice. We’re proud to champion such an extraordinary range of global stories and filmmakers …” – Daniela Kon, SIMA Founder and Executive Director

“[SIMA films are] visual storytelling that can affect your mind, body, and soul.” – David Craig, Assistant Professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism

“SIMA is quickly becoming the gold standard for social impact films, and the genre is quickly becoming our planet’s truest form of journalism. The content SIMA draws is jaw dropping.”  – Trevor Hall, President of Creative Visions Foundation

“Necessary viewing for anyone concerned with international affairs and human rights issues.” – Andrew McGregor, Founder of Tiziano Project

“Watching these films was like school of the best, most expansive and inspiring kind.” – Patricia Billings, Co-founder of Milet Publishing

“Abandon the cultural conditioning of the ‘Do-Gooder Industrial Complex’ with each and every SIMA Film.” – Shawn Humphrey, Professor, Innovator & Development Consultant”

GLOBAL NETWORK

23,000,000+ media impressions yearly

5,000,000+ direct media reach

102 outreach partners

50 brand ambassadors

2,000+ filmmakers 

600+ media organizations in

196 countries

ALL-TIME STATS

(2013-present)

2,525 films submitted

147 countries

273 films short-listed

56 films awarded

118 films distributed

104 languages

250+ screenings 

6 continents

FILMMAKER GENDER

53.3% FEMALE

41.8% MALE

1.1% NON BINARY

3.8% DECLINE TO STATE

FILMMAKER AGE

1.9% 18-25 YRS

36.3% 26-34 YRS

28.4% 35-44 YRS

14% 45-54 YRS

5.3% 55-64 YRS

1.2% 65+ YRS

5% DECLINE TO STATE

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