Social Impact Media Awards for Documentary Film

Deadline: 7 January 2014
Open to: NGOs, foundations, local grassroots organizations, and community activists from all over the world
Prize: prizes worth $500 per category


Social Impact Media Awards – SIMA is an annual international documentary and educational impact media competition and showcase honoring members in the independent film and global humanitarian industries. They champion, promote and exhibit 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.

You can submit your entry in three categories:

  1. FEATURE – Individual, stand-alone documentary, 40 or more minutes in length.
  2. SHORT – Individual, stand-alone documentary, less than 40 minutes in length.
  3. EDUCATIONAL IMPACT VIDEOS – Individual, stand-alone video, between 3 and 20 minutes in length.

In the documentary films they are looking for original, wise, brave, eye-opening and creative productions that will increase the awareness of viewers to global injustices, to the resilience of humans facing deprivation, to the politics of international development, and to efforts and agents of change worldwide.

In the educational impact videos they are looking for videos that share unique insight into “how aid works”, that highlight distinctive approaches, creative models, successful tactics and innovations, emphasizing processes used and impact measurements.

More details about the rules and themes can be found HERE.


NGOs, foundations, local grassroots organizations, and community activists from all over the world are invited to submit their videos. Films must be completed between Jan 2011 and October 2013 to be eligible for entry.


The SIMA Judges consist of esteemed media and humanitarian industry professionals who select the best documentaries and impact videos for each award category. Jury Prize winners receive prizes worth $500 per category.


The deadline for submission is 7 January 2014.

If your documentary submission is nominated, they will require an electronic press kit (EPK) to be sent via email to and exhibition screeners: 2 DVDs and Blu-ray (if available) to be sent to:

613 West Knoll Dr #B
West Hollywood
CA 90069

Please submit your questions to the organizers at sima@simaawards.orgFor more details, please see the official website HERE.

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