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Make sure to scroll down and read the RULES & REGULATIONS before submitting your film + learn more about the SIMA 2016 AWARDS + PRIZES.
SIMA 2016 ENTRY FORMS
Choose the appropriate Entry Form for your production.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
DOCUMENTARY FILMS (FEATURES & SHORTS)
We are looking for original, wise, brave, eye-opening and creative productions that increase the awareness of viewers to global injustices, to the resilience of humans facing depravation, to the politics of international development, 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, social justice and social transformation.
We are especially interested in:
1. Issues relating to UN Millennium Development Goals and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
2. Transparency and Sustainability in the humanitarian/ human rights/ global development sector
3. Everyday stories of individuals or groups living in developing nations
4. Campaigning films geared to raising awareness and calls to action
5. Examples of help brought by individuals, local heroes, donors, international organizations, governmental agencies and NGOs – both positive and those that have not been successful
RULES & REGULATIONS
Films must be completed between July 2014 and September 2015 to be eligible for entry. Each title is permitted to enter once to SIMA. Titles that have entered in the past are not permitted to enter into the competition in subsequent years. Each entry may be submitted by only one individual or organization. If the film is a co-production, the entrant assumes full responsibility for notifying the other co-production partners of the entry. In the event of multiple entries for the same film, copyright ownership will determine which entry is accepted. The entrant is responsible for securing and clearing all rights.
FEATURE – Individual, stand-alone documentary, 40 or more minutes in length.
SHORT – Individual, stand-alone documentary, less than 40 minutes in length.
IMPACT VIDEO – Individual, stand-alone video, between 2 and 20 minutes in length.
(NOTE: Videos merely geared towards fundraising or brand advertizing are NOT ACCEPTED)
Limited to two persons, one of whom must be the credited Director who exercised directorial control, and the other of whom must have a Producer/Director credit. All films entered may also be considered for the following Special Recognition Prized Awards:
Jury Prize – TRANSPARENCY
Jury Prize – STYLISTIC ACHIEVEMENT
Jury Prize – LENS TO ACTION
Jury Prize – ETHOS
Jury Prize – INNOVATION
Jury Prize – IMPACT
Judging of the SIMA Awards is based on overall creative excellence and educational excellence. Committees of filmmaking and aid professionals screen all entries and select all finalists. Award winners in the Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, and Impact Video category are selected by a group of SIMA members from the finalists.
All (non-English language) documentaries and educational impact videos must be sub-titled in English. Multiple projects may be submitted, however each film must have a separate completed submission form.
If your submission is short-listed as a FINALIST, we will require an electronic press kit (EPK) to be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and a high-res digital download of your film H264/MPEG. For documentary entries only, we will also require 2 DVDs and Blu-ray (if available) to be sent to: SIMA AWARDS – 632 Westbourne Drive, West Hollywood CA 90069.
Entries must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, notification that your entry has been received, notification of results, media management and storage. These fees may be paid via Paypal and credit card. You will find links for payment on your respective Submission Form page.
Early Bird Deadline (September 8th – September 25th) Documentary Features: $ 20 | Documentary Shorts: $15 | Impact Videos: $5
Regular Deadline (September 26h – October 9th) Documentary Features: $ 25 | Documentary Shorts: $20 | Impact Videos: $10
Late Deadline (October 10th – October 27th) Documentary Features: $ 30 | Documentary Shorts: $25 | Impact Videos: $15