Ignite the Power of Film for Social Change

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Ignite the Power of Film for Social Change
Ignite the Power of Film for Social Change
Ignite the Power of Film for Social Change
Ignite the Power of Film for Social Change
Ignite the Power of Film for Social Change
Ignite the Power of Film for Social Change
Ignite the Power of Film for Social Change
Ignite the Power of Film for Social Change
Ignite the Power of Film for Social Change
Ignite the Power of Film for Social Change
Ignite the Power of Film for Social Change
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Ignite the Power of Film for Social Change
Ignite the Power of Film for Social Change
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Thank you once again for your continued support of SIMA! We are excited to share our most recent updates from each of our programs with you.

SIMA Awards:

The Winners of The 10th Annual Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA 2022) have been announced! The art of storytelling is alive, and it cracked wide open in this year’s lineup.

From the tales of journalists shifting paradigms in the sociopolitical landscape of their countries in Best Feature Documentary Winner, SOFTIE, and Best Director & Best Cinematography Feature Documentary Winner, WRITING WITH FIRE, to the examination of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s escalating attacks on the media told through the story of his prime target, journalist Maria Ressa, in Best Editing Winner, A THOUSAND CUTS, and the citizen-journalistic viral confrontation of a powerful senator on an airplane in Lens to Action Jury Prize Winner, NOT GOING QUIETLY, it is for certain that, from activists to artists and to audiences, the power of storytelling unites every movement across the globe.

Congratulations to these inspiring and courageous filmmakers who have dedicated their lives and talents to moving, enlightening, and transforming our world. They have set a new gold standard for impact filmmaking, and we are in awe of their work!

SIMA Academy: 

More powerful and beautiful than ever before, SIMA Classroom is now SIMA Academy with all films streaming in optimum speed and quality via our new OTT platform. Now accessible across all devices and including a new recommendation algorithm, instant queue features, and thematic search functions for keywords, subject areas, locations, and more, SIMA Academy is here to serve 21st century literacy, global citizenship education, and cross-cultural teaching with dynamic and engaging 1st class storytelling resources.

SIMAx & SIMA RAMA Virtual Cinema:

Purpose-driven organizations, such as the Indigenized Energy Initiative, have integrated SIMA impact film screenings into their programming to activate their communities around issues that matter. Indigenized Energy Initiative is a first-of-its-kind effort to build the capacity of Native American tribes to replace their extractive energy systems with clean regenerative solar energy, restoring their economies, sovereignty, self-determination, and hope.

SIMA's Fiscal Sponsorship:

Supporting projects at the intersection of creativity and social impact, we have added four new projects to our growing Fiscal Sponsorship Community: Cannabis Media Council uses the power of media to uplift compelling campaigns that show positive experiences with cannabis and normalize consumption across generations. Third Wheel Material is a short film series that tells an engaging story about black masculinity, mental health, and human connection within the Black community. New Me is a series of three-minute social media episodes following an inexperienced college freshman that struggles to find herself in a world where social media controls and pressures the narrative of young women. Loud & Queer is a music and visual art event centering the voices of our BIPOC/LGBTQIA+ community. 

Thank you so much for giving us wings and for enabling us to maximize the impact of our programs.

With warmth and gratitude from all of us at SIMA

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Thank you once again for your continued support of SIMA! We’re excited to share our most recent updates from each of our programs with you.

SIMA Awards:

Congratulations to the SIMA 2022 Finalists! 40 stories from 25 countries have advanced as finalists in the 10th Annual Social Impact Media Awards. With rich storytelling, unparalleled access, and innovative new mediums, this year’s SIMA 2022 Finalists journey deep into the heart of our world for audiences to bear witness to the uncertainty, volatility and hope kindling the flames and heeding the call of revolution and rebirth.  Winners will be announced in February.  

SIMA Classroom: 

The 2022 SIMA Teacher Award is now accepting applications! In partnership with Qatar Foundation International, our annual global award is a recognition for outstanding accomplishments and dedication to using media resources to foster global competencies. Award winners get access to a professional development scholarship up to $1,000 Value & lifetime access to SIMA Classroom.

We greatly appreciate the invitation of Thomas Starr King Middle School Film Arts Magnet in Hollywood, Los Angeles to participate in the Facing the Future Together Conference to introduce SIMA Classroom to the school’s educators. Together we explored the power of films to advance Global Citizenship Education and take students' engagement to the next level. 

Congratulations to the winners, finalists and special mentions of The SDG Challenge hosted in partnership with Asia-Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding under the auspices of UNESCO. We celebrate the courage and changemaking spirit of 10 educators from 6 different countries who unlocked the power of film to take their students beyond school walls, inspiring them to be media and information literate global citizens and active contributors to a more equitable and sustainable world.  

SIMAx & SIMA RAMA Virtual Cinema

Purpose-driven organizations have integrated SIMA impact films screenings to their programming to activate their communities around issues that matter. The 49 Percent, a female-led media company using women’s storytelling to advocate for sustainable change based in Israel, hosts a monthly Feminist Film Clubwith a powerful and unique line-up. These past months a global audience has enjoyed the films A Thousand Girls Like Me, A First Farewell and Equal Playing Field. 

Air Amber,  a social enterprise based in Singapore that works to positively impact communities through impact education, screened SIMA Collection film, The Judge, to explore topics of resilience and human connection. 

Human Rights Watch’s Film Club in Los Angeles offers digital film screenings + live discussion to its audience. This month is featuring The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel, a cry for social justice, democracy, and transformative solutions. 

SIMA Staff Pick

Through our Staff Pick we pick stunning work of impact storytelling to share with a global audience free of charge, for the love of impact cinema. During the past months, we virtually screened Nobody Dies Here, a short documentary about the Perma gold mine in Benin;  Beyond the Pipeline, a film showing the struggle of indigenous peoples for their land and the world’s biodiversity; and Goodwill Dumping, a film showcasing the journey that discarded pieces of clothing make and what kind of impact this has on local industries. More than 450 people enjoy these eye-opening stories. 

SIMA's Fiscal Sponsorship:

Supporting projects at the intersection of creativity and social impact we have added 5 new projects to our growing Fiscal Sponsorship Community: Bonus Babies is a podcast shining a light through the cracks in the child dependency system. It depicts the daunting complexity of the foster care maze by broadcasting the true stories of the kids who’ve been forced to navigate through it and the people who care for them. Executive Producer is a benefit concert to raise funds for Musicians on a Mission in Ventura County. They offer free instruments and lessons to children in their community. Ibach a documentary film about the Frank family who escaped the Holocaust to Philadelphia and has resored his story through music. Texas, USA -is a narrative film about progressive politics in the state of Texas. Early Worlds is a narrative film using a multiverse lens to demonstrate the transformatory role of education in marginalized communities.

Thank you so much for giving us wings and for enabling us to maximize the impact of our programs.

With warmth and gratitude from all of us at SIMA.

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Thank you once again for your continued support of SIMA! We’re excited to share our most recent updates from each of our programs with you.

SIMA Awards:

Our 9th Annual Awards is officially open for submissions! We are calling for original, wise, brave, eye-opening, and creative stories that capture the massive paradigm shifts taking place across the world. Films, production companies, and funders who raise important questions about the state of our past, present and future, and inspire viewers to reflect on the meaning and potential of social activism and transformation are invited to submit their work.

Finalists and Winners are eligible for entry into SIMA’s global impact distribution programs, SIMAx/SIMARAMA and SIMA Classroom, that bring stories to audiences, communities and classrooms around the globe, democratizing access to social issue filmmaking.

SIMA Classroom: 

In partnership with Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding under the auspices of UNESCO, we launched the first two collaborative courses: The SDG Challengedesigned to train educators in using the power of film to advance Global Citizenship Education and the course Film as a Tool for Advocacyfor young leaders who want to gain practical skills and hands-on experience on how to use authentic visual storytelling to advance their own advocacy work in their communities. 

In June, the Student Film Club together featured the winner of The First Annual SIMA Student Award introducing Iffany Zou and her Food Waste podcast along with the SIMA film that inspired her work: A Thousand Suns. The annual global SIMA Student Award celebrates the impact storytellers of the future awarding students who have utilized SIMA’s social impact films as a springboard for their own creative impact projects. 

In August, the Student Film Club was presented by GlobalLighthouse Studios featuring  Stories from the Field and Green Gold followed by a virtual exchange around Food Waste. The first story explores the challenges and innovations for grassroots development programs and under-resourced farmers in Bangladesh, while the second one witnesses the desperate water shortage faced by local communities in Chile due to our global appetite for avocados. 

SIMAx & SIMA RAMA Virtual Cinema

Local leaders around the globe keep screening SIMA impact films on our newly launched Virtual Cinema platform SIMA RAMA to activate their communities around issues that matter. Organizations and change-makers use the virtual cinema for special events and as part of their programmatic activities. For instance, The 49 Percent, host a monthly Feminist Film Club with a powerful and unique line-up. These past months a global audience has enjoyed the films Ahead of the Curve, Peace is a Woman Issue, and  A Girl From Mogadishu. UNESCO-APCEIU is hosting monthly screening + post screenings discussion panels and workshops to commemorate international days such as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development ( Film: Undivided ), World Refugee Day ( Film: LifeBoat) Day of Indigenous People ( Films: Cheran: A  Burning Hope and Beyond the Pipeline) and Youth Day ( Films: How Far is Home and What about our future). Collectively over 2,000 audience members across the globe tuned into these virtual screenings. 

SIMA Staff Pick

Through our Staff Pick we make one award-winning SIMA film available for free online each month. In June we virtually screened One Leg In, One Leg Out, a portrait of a woman wondering whether ambition, tenacity and a life long dream are enough to overcome a challenging situation. In July we virtually screened The Gender Line, a documentary film about a trasgender rockstar reflecting on his personal and professional life, having lived on both sides of the gender line. Finally, in August we offer a global screening of Cast in India, a glimpse into the working lives of the men behind iconic and ubiquitous manhole covers in New York City. Collectively over 1,000 audience members across the globe tuned into these virtual screenings. 

SIMA's Fiscal Sponsorship:

Supporting projects at the intersection of creativity and social impact we have added 2 new projects to our growing Fiscal Sponsorship Community: Untitled: An Abolitionist Game - a Digital Game and a Card Game rooted in the principles of abolitionism and transformative justice- Dividing Line a narrative film presenting the real-time journey of a young doctor, Lily, who breaks down under the psychological pressure of an accident case. 

Also, KUSUNDA, a SIMA Fiscal Sponsorship Project won the Grand Jury Storyscapes Award at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. Congratulations! 

Thank you so much for giving us wings and for enabling us to maximize the impact of our programs.

With warmth and gratitude from all of us at SIMA.

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Thank you once again for your continued support of SIMA! We’re excited to share our most recent updates from each of our programs with you.

SIMA Awards:

Congratulations to the SIMA 2021 Winners!The art of storytelling is alive and reimagined in this year’s winners. Chosen from 40 finalists spanning 20 countries, the SIMA 2021 winners represent the future of filmmaking as we know it: honest, raw, diverse, creative, and deeply personal stories that transform our world.

From an unprecedented exploration into the machine-learning algorithms perpetuating society’s existing racial, class, and gender biases in Best Director, Best Sound Design, and Transparency Jury Prize winner, CODED BIAS by Shalini Kantayya; to following a group of activists risking their lives to confront Russian leader Ramzan Kadyrov and his government-directed campaign to detain, torture and execute LGBTQ Chechens in Best Feature Documentary, Winner WELCOME TO CHECHNYA by David France, this year’s SIMA 2021 winners unapologetically invite viewers to examine the state of our contemporary world and their unique place—and potential—to change it. 

 

Winners are eligible for entry into SIMA’s global impact distribution programs, community screening series, SIMA X, and online education platform, SIMA Classroom, which reaches over 74,000 students around the globe. 

SIMA Classroom: 

This month we are celebrating the impact storytellers of the future with the launch of the annual global SIMA Student Award in partnership with Inspire Citizens. More than 100 students from 5 continents have submitted their creative projects inspired by SIMA social impact films in only one week! 

We are also delighted to welcome Doha Debates to the SIMA Family! Together we developed a brand new playlist + lesson plan featuring original films that amplify diverse perspectives and practical solutions that can work across differences and develop active listening skills for better conversations. 

Our monthly Student Film Club has been hosted by outstanding partners, such as MENTEE who has hosted a virtual screening and panel discussion with young professionals, changemakers and filmmakers about the power of art to create social change.

Last but not least, we are proud to announce SIMA Classroom was selected as a finalist of the EdTech Cool Tool Awards 2021!

SIMAx & SIMA RAMA Virtual Cinema

Local leaders around the globe keep screening SIMA impact films on our newly launched Virtual Cinema platform SIMA RAMA to activate their communities around issues that matter. Organizations and change-makers use the virtual cinema for special events and as part of their programmatic activities. For instance, The 49 Percent, host a monthly Feminist Film Club with a powerful and unique line-up. These past months a global audience has enjoyed the films End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock, Represent and The Dilemma of Desire.

SIMA Staff Pick

Through our Staff Pick we make one award-winning SIMA film available for free online each month. In March we virtually screened Last Day of Freedom, a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day: entrenched racism, veteran’s rights, mental health care and criminal justice. In April we virtually screened Out of Plastic, a documentary film that sets out to explore the obscure depths of plastics in the Mediterranean. Finally, in May we offer a global screening of 73 Questions, an interview with Steve Jones about being on the streets of San Francisco. Collectively over 2,500 audience members across the globe tuned into these virtual screenings. 

SIMA's Fiscal Sponsorship:

Supporting projects at the intersection of creativity and social impact we have added 6 new projects to our growing Fiscal Sponsorship Community: 2 Narratives Films - Collectibles and Third Date-, 3 Feature Documentaries  - Film Power, Heritage Protectors and Hound Bitch- and 1 educational project - Facing Tomorrow -  using film to create awareness and action around food security.  

Thank you so much for giving us wings and for enabling us to maximize the impact of our programs.

With warmth and gratitude from all of us at SIMA.

Links:

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Thank you once again for your continued support of SIMA! We’re excited to share our most recent updates from each of our programs with you.

SIMA Awards:

Congratulations to the SIMA 2021 Finalists! 40 stories from 20 countries have advanced as finalists in the 9th Annual Social Impact Media Awards. From hospital walls to voting booths; from the streets to the senate; from Chechnya to Sierra Leone; this year’s SIMA Finalists give us incredible—one-of-a-kind—x-ray vision into the state of our contemporary world. Winners will be announced February 10, 2021.  

SIMA Classroom: 

SIMA Classroom is a global, ever-current and expansive streaming platform presenting the gold standard of social-issue cinematic storytelling In times where we are walking from the New Normal to a New Future, we have developed new projects with old friends and new partners to scale our impact. 

Invited by George Washington University, we hosted a virtual workshop for arabic educators at the Institute of Middle East Studies, to advance impact media literacy and the significance of documentary film in 21st century global education. 

We proudly joined Planet Classroom, a network platform organized by CMRubinWorld bringing together musicians, dancers, video games creators, filmmakers, learning innovators and emerging technologists from all over the world to entertain, educate and engage youth. 

Thanks to Qatar Foundation International's continued support, SIMA Student Film Club ended 2020 with an extraordinary line-up on Sustainability followed by a virtual exchange with the Arabic Honor Society students and filmmaker Aaron Kisner and business entrepreneur Manal Yaish Zraiq.

SIMAx & SIMA RAMA Virtual Cinema

Local leaders around the globe keep screening SIMA impact films on our newly launched Virtual Cinema platform SIMA RAMA to activate their communities around issues that matter. Our most recent virtual screening partners included Human Rights Watch LA, Another Way, The 49%,  and QS Word Merit. By attending single screenings + discussion panel events or entire film festivals with community engagement opportunities our virtual audiences rallied in support of , racial justice, the empowerment of girls and women and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, reaching over 2,500 viewers per month. 

SIMA Staff Pick

Through our Staff Pick we make one award-winning SIMA film available for free online each month. In October we virtually screened Juanita, a glimpse into the everyday life of a Mayan traditional doctor, midwife, nurse and activist. In September we virtually screened Tell Spring Not To Come This Year where audiences witnessed the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of Afghans who live it. Finally, we close 2020 screening Out Of The Darkness, a story of two doctors restoring sight to the needlessly blind. In January 2021, we offer a global screening of Rio Eu Amo Eu Cuido Migration, a local story about making a beloved city a better place to live. Collectively over 4,000 audience members across the globe tuned into these virtual events. 

SIMA's Fiscal Sponsorship:

Supporting projects at the intersection of creativity and social impact we have added 3 new projects to our growing Fiscal Sponsorship Community: Redefining What's Possible - a three part film series that supports filmmakers belonging to marginalized communities; Mentorship Matters - a one-year intensive mentoring program for emerging TV writers of color- and Walker Entertainer Academy - a short film production and marketing company aimed at ethnic, under served artists. Overall SIMA fiscal sponsorship projects have raised over $522,000 to bring these projects to life. 

Thank you so much for giving us wings and for enabling us to maximize the impact of our programs.

With warmth and gratitude from all of us at SIMA.

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