Social Impact Media Awards

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SIMA began as the first documentary and educational impact media competition + awards honoring members of both the independent film and global humanitarian industries. We set out to propel and elevate global social-impact storytelling that inspires crucial perspectives and demonstrates unique potential to enlighten, transform, and positively impact our contemporary world. Now in our third year, SIMA has grown to become an international film program + collection, curating and distributing the best impact cinema from around the globe. Through the annual SIMA AWARDS and year-round FILM PROGRAMS, we provide a catalyst for these important works, and serve as a film reserve for screening partners worldwide.

2015 WINNERS

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AWARDS

  • BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? Director: Marc Silver 2013 | UK | Mexico
  • BEST DIRECTOR: #CHICAGOGIRL – The Social Network Takes On A Dictator, Director: Joe Piscatella 2013 | USA | Syria
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY & BEST EDITING: MALA MALA Director: Dan Sickles 2014 | Puerto Rico
  • I AM HAITI Director: Raúl de la Fuente 2014 | Spain | Haiti

DOCUMENTARY SHORT AWARDS

  • BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY & BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY NOT ANYMORE: A STORY OF REVOLUTION Director: Matthew VanDyke 2013 | USA | Syria
  • BEST DIRECTOR & BEST SOUND EDITING NOISE RUNS Directors: Ashley Panzera and Kim Borba 2014 | USA | Haiti
  • BEST EDITING FORCED: Child Labour and Exploitation Director: Pep Bonet 2014 | Bangladesh | Spain

STUDENT CHOICE AWARD NOT ANYMORE: A STORY OF REVOLUTION Director: Matthew VanDyke2013 | USA | Syria

IMPACT VIDEO AWARD HUMANITAS AWARD VITAL VOICES: TEP VANNY Director: Aaron Kisner 2013 | Cambodia

JURY PRIZE @ $1000 –DOCUMENTARY CATEGORY

TRANSPARENCY: POVERTY, INC. Director: Michael Matheson Miller 2014 | USA

STYLISTIC ACHIEVEMENT: FORCED: Child Labour and Exploitation Director: Pep Bonet 2014 | Bangladesh | Spain

LENS TO ACTION: VESSEL Director: Diana Whitten 2014 | USA | Netherlands

ETHOS: FROM THE SAME SOIL Director: Nicky Newman 2014 | South Africa

JURY PRIZE @ $500 – IMPACT VIDEO CATEGORY INNOVATION:ENEMIES TO ALLIES Director: Julie Winokur 2014 | USA | Kenya

IMPACT: GOLD OF AGRICULTURE Directors: David Aguacheiro and Tina Krüger 2013 | Mozambique

SPECIAL MENTIONS – DOCUMENTARY FEATURE CATEGORY

  • BORDERS Director: Jacqueline van Vugt 2013 | Netherlands
  • FOOD CHAINS Director: Sanjay Rawal 2014 | USA
  • THE STARFISH THROWERS Director: Jesse Roesler 2014 | USA

SPECIAL MENTIONS – DOCUMENTARY SHORT CATEGORY

  • CAN’T HIDE ME Director: Madhuri Mohindar 2014 | India
  • CAST IN INDIA Director: Natasha Raheja 2014 | USA | India
  • SILENT RIVER Directors: Jason Jaacks and Steve Fisher 2014 | Mexico

SPECIAL MENTION – IMPACT VIDEO CATEGORY

  • SCALING THE MOUNTAIN: PROTECTING FORESTS FOR FAMILIES IN NEPAL Director: Michael T. Miller 2014 | Nepal | USA
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