SIMA celebrates social-documentary storytelling of excellence, screens films in communities and classrooms worldwide, and connects international audiences and organizations with the best global impact cinema.
The Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) started as the first documentary and educational media competition honoring members of both the independent film and global humanitarian industries. We set out to propel and elevate social-impact filmmaking that inspires crucial perspectives and demonstrates unique potential to enlighten, transform, and positively impact our contemporary world. Over the years, we developed a global community engagement program, SIMAx, a ground-breaking education program, SIMA Classroom, and an ever expanding film catalogue, The SIMA Collection. Through the annual SIMA AWARDS and year-round FILM PROGRAMS, we provide a catalyst for these important works, and serve as a media reserve for educators, journalists and screening partners around the globe.