OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
September 8, 2020

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE
September 23, 2020

REGULAR DEADLINE
October 14, 2020

LATE DEADLINE
October 28, 2020

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
January 12, 2021

WINNERS ANNOUNCED
February 10, 2021

ABOUT

The 9th annual SIMA Awards celebrate eye-opening impact cinema that exemplifies excellence in its potential to inspire social change. Each year, films are selected from over 140 countries around the world, competing for honors, cash prizes, media features, distribution opportunities, and entry into SIMA’s signature film programs. Finalists will be announced on January 12, 2021 and Winners on February 10, 2021.

WHAT

SIMA is looking for original, wise, brave, eye-opening and creative productions that increase the awareness of viewers to local and global issues, to the resilience of humans facing deprivation, to the politics and movements of human rights, environmental and social justice, and to efforts and agents of change worldwide. Entry Categories include: Feature Documentaries, Short Documentaries, Virtual Reality (VR) Films, Impact Videos, Production Companies and Funders.

CALL FOR ENTRIES

NEWSLETTER

#SIMA2021 OPEN CALL: Since 2012, the global Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) have been awarding and distributing the gold standard of social impact filmmaking. Now in its 9th year, SIMA is looking for brave, eye-opening and creative films that raise important questions about the state of our contemporary world, as well as production companies and funders committed to impact storytelling that inspires activism and social transformation. Feature Documentaries, Short Documentaries, Virtual Reality (VR)/ 360 Films, Impact Videos: Innovations and Creative Advocacy. Submit by October 28 simaawards.org/submit #SIMA2021

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 OPEN CALL: Since 2012, the global Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) have been awarding and distributing the gold standard of social impact #filmmaking. Now in its 9th year, SIMA is looking for brave, eye-opening and creative #films that raise important questions about the state of our contemporary world, as well as #production companies and funders committed to impact #storytelling that inspires #activism and social transformation. Feature Documentaries, Short Documentaries, Virtual Reality (VR)/ 360 Films, Impact Videos: Innovations and Creative Advocacy. Submit by October 28 simaawards.org/submit #SIMA2021 #ImpactCinema #SIMA

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FACEBOOK

#SIMA2021 OPEN CALL: The 9th annual @Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) are looking for original, wise, brave, eye-opening and creative productions that increase the awareness of viewers to local and global issues, to the resilience of humans facing deprivation, to the politics and movements of human rights, environmental and social justice, and to efforts and agents of change worldwide. Entry Categories include: Feature Documentaries, Short Documentaries, Virtual Reality (VR) Films, Impact Videos, Production Companies and Funders.

Submit your work and/or enter your company/foundation by October 28. —> simaawards.org/submit

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

TWITTER

#SIMA2021 OPEN CALL: Impact Filmmakers, Production Companies, Funders + Creative Activists —>submit your docs, VR films, impact videos, and/or enter your company or foundation to the 9th annual @sima_awards!
 
Deadlines: Early Bird 9.23.20 | Late 10.28.20
 

LINKEDIN

Since 2012, the global Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) have been awarding and distributing the gold standard of social impact filmmaking. Now in its 9th year, SIMA is looking for eye-opening and creative films, production companies, and funders who raise important questions about the state of our contemporary world, and inspire people to reflect on the meaning and potential of social activism and social transformation. Feature Documentaries, Short Documentaries, Virtual Reality (VR)/ 360 Films, Impact Videos: Innovations and Creative Advocacy, Production Companies, and Funders are invited to submit by October 28 simaawards.org/submit #SIMA2021
The 9th Annual SIMA Awards are powered by VICE Impact, Human Sustainability Project, CTLST, The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), WITNESS and SEED & SPARK

PRESS ASSETS

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.

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

CONTACT

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