SIMA 2019 Celebrates Filmmaking For Social change.

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 06, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — Impact filmmakers and creatives rejoice. For its 7th year, the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) will open for entries on September 7th.

Known for bridging the global gap between filmmakers and their audiences and encouraging thoughtful action, the annual SIMA Awards honor the work of content creators who are pushing the boundaries of social and political storytelling.

Through the years, SIMA’s work at the intersection of film and activism has brought an international spotlight to some of the world’s most pressing social issues through documentary filmmaking with previous winners including: Zaradasht Ahmed’s NOWHERE TO HIDE, following Iraqi nurse Nori Sharif as American troops depart and ISIS advances on Jalawla, Erik Ljung’s THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP delivers an urgent report on police brutality in the aftermath of Dontre Hamilton’s death, and Craig Leeson’s A PLASTIC OCEAN, uncovering alarming truths about plastic pollution and the workable solutions at our fingertips.

“It is the courage and creativity of artists and storytellers that allow us to define our time and to judge on which side of history we stand. We can’t wait to witness and award the most powerful works this year.” -Daniela Kon, Executive Director, Founder SIMA

From September 7th to October 26th 2018, SIMA is accepting submissions for feature-length and short-format documentaries, virtual reality (VR) films, and impact videos that move, enlighten, and transform our world. Think: mind-blowing social issue films with inspirational subjects and blood-pumping storytelling from over 140 countries around the globe.


Feature Documentaries, Short Documentaries, Virtual Reality (VR)/ 360 Films, and Impact Videos: Innovations and Creative Advocacy


Early Bird (September 7th – September 26th)
Regular (September 27th – October 10th)
Late(October 11th – October 26th)


Submit your films to no later than October 26, 2018.


SIMA’s Sponsors are committed to the collaborative effort of honoring the most thought-provoking documentary films of our time. Sponsors include: Vena-Cava, Adobe, Black Magic Design, WeTransfer, Big Boy Systems


Each year, films from all over the world are invited to compete for honors, cash prizes, industry accolades, media features, distribution opportunities, entry into SIMA’s signature film programs. Finalists will be announced on January 9, 2019 and Winners announced on February 7, 2019.

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. We seek productions that 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.

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