International Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) 2014

International Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) 2014

Deadline: January 7, 2014

The Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) is now open for submissions. SIMA is an annual international documentary and educational impact media competition + showcase honoring members in the independent film and global humanitarian industries. It champions, promotes and exhibits the works of independent filmmakers, activists and change-makers that too often remain overlooked, and provide a springboard for creative media that exemplifies excellence in its potential to inspire change.


SIMA assists filmmakers and activists in bringing international audiences closer to current realities of efforts and agents of change, and people living in developing nations, providing deeper insights into the politics of global development, global activism, and the human condition.

Jury Prize winners receive prizes worth $500 per category. Nominees receive entry in the SIMA Traveling Series & Catalogue, which is designed to maximize impact and exposure of social-issue documentaries through worldwide screenings for humanitarian, cultural and educational forums.


SIMA champions unique non-profit organizations whose video productions capture not just what they do, but significantly emphasize HOW they work. (PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept videos merely geared towards brand advertising or fundraising.)

Selected EDU Impact Videos featuring the processes behind innovative and responsible development programs will be curated on our website and video channel to encourage skill sharing of best practices in human rights and humanitarian development. Jury Prize winners receive prizes worth $500 per category.


  • Filmmakers, activists and non-profit organizations worldwide can enter
  • Films must be completed between Jan 2011 and October 2013 to be eligible for entry.
  • Each title is permitted to enter once to SIMA.
  • Titles that have entered in the past are not permitted to enter into the competition in subsequent years.
  • Each entry may be submitted by only one individual or organization.
  • If the film is a co-production, the entrant assumes full responsibility for notifying the other co-production partners of the entry.
  • In the event of multiple entries for the same film, copyright ownership will determine which entry is accepted. The entrant is responsible for securing and clearing all rights.

Detailed criteria and requirements for submission can be found here.

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