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SIMA Announces Finalists for Social Impact Media Awards 2018

22.01.2018

The annual Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) celebrate the best impact documentaries from around the world that inspire activism, compassion and social transformation. For the 2018 edition of the awards, SIMA has recently announced the lineup of finalists featuring titles from 53 countries.

Still from A Plastic Ocean, directed by Craig Leeson
Producers: Adam Leipzig, Jo Ruston

The selected finalists will compete in the three categories Documentary Films (Features, Shorts), Virtual Reality (VR/360) and Impact Videos (Innovation and Creative Impact).

"Selected from 53 countries, the SIMA 2018 finalists bring us face to face with how individuals around the globe perpetuate or resist the interests and actions of those in power. With unprecedented and unapologetic insight, this year’s line-up of films is a global wake-up call that the time for action is now”, says Daniela Kon, SIMA Founder and Executive Director.

In addition to the announcement of the lineup, the SIMA team is running a social media campaign to ask peers, professionals and audiences what their particular impact on the trajectory of change is. Considering that the most powerful revelation of documentary film is not what is depicted on the screen, but the impact we all can have on the story being captured, users are encouraged to post about their experiences using the hashtags #SIMA2018 and #WhatsYourImpact.

More information about the selected films is also available on the SIMA website.


The SIMA 2018 Finalists:


DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

A CAMBODIAN SPRING | D: Chris Kelly | P: Chris Kelly, Bob Moore, Edwina Forkin, Christopher Hird | 2017 | 121 mins | Cambodia
A PLASTIC OCEAN | D: Craig Leeson | P: Adam Leipzig, Jo Ruston | 2016 | 102 mins | USA, Hong Kong
BIG SONIA | D: Leah Warshawski, Todd Soliday | P: Leah Warshawski | 2016 | 93 mins | USA
CITY OF GHOSTS | D: Matthew Heineman | P: Matthew Heineman | 2016 | 90 mins | Syria, USA
DEAD DONKEYS FEAR NO HYENAS | D: Joakim Demmer | P: Margarete Jangård (Sweden); Co-P: Heino Deckert , Ma.ja.de Produktions (Germany); Co-P: John Webster , JW Documentaries (Finland) | 2017 | 80 mins | Ethiopia
NOWHERE TO HIDE | D: Zaradasht Ahmed | P: Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas; Co-P: Stina Gardell & Hans Husum | 2016 | 86 mins | Iraq
PLASTIC CHINA | D: Jiu-Liang Wang | P: Ruby Chen | 2016 | 82 mins | China
SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY | D:Jon Betz, Taggart Siegel | P: Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub, Phil Fairclough | 2016 | 94 mins, 58 mins broadcast & educational version available | Mainland US, Hawaii, India, Mexico, Namibia, Ecuador
STRIKE A ROCK | D: Aliki Saragas | P: Aliki Saragas, Liani Maasdorp, Anita Khanna
2017 | 87 mins | South Africa
THANK YOU FOR THE RAIN | D: Julia Dahr | P: Hugh Hartford | 2017 | 90 mins | Kenya, Norway, France
THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP | D: Erik Ljung | P: Erik Ljung | 2017 | 91 mins | USA
THE OPPOSITION | D: Hollie Fifer | P: Rebecca Barry, Madeleine Hetherton | 2016 | 76 mins | Papua New Guinea
THE WORKERS CUP | D: Adam Sobel | P: Ramzy Haddad, Rosie Garthwaite | 2017 | 89 mins | Qatar


DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

$30 TO ANTARCTICA | D: Joey Chu | P: Kelly Mckay, Joey Chu | 2017 | 18 mins | Hong Kong, Antarctica
ANASTASIA LIN: THE CROWN | D: Kacey Cox | P: Kacey Cox | 2016 | 20 mins | Canada, Hong Kong, Switzerland, United States
GIRL-HEARTED | D: Anne Scheschonk | P: Anne Scheschonk | 2017 | 37 mins | USA
HOTEL U.S.A. | D: Andrea Meller | P: Andrea Meller & Marisa Pearl | 2016 | 11 mins | USA
INDIA’S WUSHU WARRIOR GIRL | D: Jayisha Patel | P: Aloke Devichand (Senior Commissioning Producer for Al Jazeera English); Fiona Lawson-Baker (Executive Producer for Al Jazeera English); Hugh Hartford (Producer for Banyak Films) | 2016 | 25 mins | India
MASQUERADING: TO HELL AND BACK | D: Sofia de Fay | P: Sofia de Fay | 2017 | 14 mins | Western Cape, South Africa
NOBODY DIES HERE | D: Simon Panay | P: Simon Panay | 2016 | 24 mins| Benin
QUIPU: CALLS FOR JUSTICE | D: Maria Ignacia Court & Rosemarie Lerner | P: Sandra Tabares-Duque, Rosemarie Lerner, Maria I Court | 2017 | 21 mins | Peru
THE MAURITANIA RAILWAY: BACKBONE OF THE SAHARA | D: Macgregor | P: Macgregor | 2017 | 12 mins | Spain
THE WORLD IS ROUND SO THAT NOBODY CAN HIDE IN THE CORNERS – PART 1: REFUGE | D: Leandro Goddinho | P: Leandro Goddinho | 2017 | 13 mins | Germany


VIRTUAL REALITY/ 360

AFTER SOLITARY | D: Cassandra Herrman, Lauren Mucciolo | P: Nonny de la Pena and Raney Aronson | 2017 | 9 mins | USA
BEHIND THE FENCE | D: Lindsay Branham | P: Fortify Rights, Jack Sadak | 2016 | 8 mins | Burma
FLOATING WALK –  GANGNAM KANGAROO | D: Sojung Bahng | P: Sojung Bahng | 2017 | 14 mins | Korea
IS THIS LOVE? | D: Felix Gaedtke, Gayatri Parameswaran | P: Catarina Gomes, Nisha Vasudevan, Namaah Kumar | 2016 | 7 mins | India
LIMBO | D: Shehani Fernando | P: Francesca Panetta | 2016 | 7 mins | UK
ONE: A STATE WITHOUT | D: Emily Cooper , Liz Rowley | P: Emily Cooper, GJ Echternkamp, Liz Rowley | 2017 | 10 mins | USA
SANCTUARIES OF SILENCE | D:Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee | P: Adam Loften, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee | 2017 | 7 mins | USA
SEA PRAYER | D: Francesca Panetta | P: Nicole Jackson, Anrick Bregman | 2017 | 7 mins | UK
TESTIMONY | D: Zohar Kfir | P: Zohar Kfir | 2017 | 40 mins | USA
THE ARK | D: Kel O’Neill & Eline Jongsma | P: Brandon Zamel, Katie Thompson, Josh Ludmir, Eline Jongsma, Kel O’Neill, Claudia Dibbs | 2016 | 7 mins | USA, Kenya
 

IMPACT VIDEO: INNOVATION

A RIDE TO REMEMBER | D: Orlando von Einsiedel | P: Sinéad O’Mara, John Dwight, Greg Rutter 2017 | 10 mins | Sweden
AT 11 YEARS OLD ‘THEY’RE GETTING PREGNANT’: WOMEN SMASH CATHOLIC TABOOS IN THE PHILIPPINES | D: Irene Baque | P: Claudine Spera | 2017 | 9 mins | Philippines, UK
CREATING GENDER INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS | D: Jonathan Skurnik | P: Jonathan Skurnik | 2016 | 21 mins | USA
LUCY | D: Michael Schmidt-Olsen | 2017 | 6 mins | Ghana
RISE UP | D: Lee Hirsch | P: Leslie Norville, Matthew O’Shea | 2017 | 3 mins | USA
STREET WORKERS UNITE! | D: Gabriel Diamond, Matthew Beighley | P: Gabriel Diamond | 2017 | 8 mins | India
THE TYRANNY OF DISTANCE | D: Gabriel Diamond, Matthew Beighley | P: Gabriel Diamond | 2017 | 9 mins | Liberia
WALKING WITH REALITY | D: Michelle Rebaleati | 2017 | 3 mins | USA


IMPACT VIDEO: CREATIVE IMPACT

73 QUESTIONS | D: Leah Nichols | P: Leah Nichols | 2017 | 10 mins | USA
A CHANCE TO SEE AGAIN | D: Brent Stirton & Robert Wilson | P: Pam Huling | 2016 | 6 mins | Namibia, Mbala
COPS AND BARBERS | D: Dan Hayes | P: Chandler Tuttle, Brandon Stewart, Elliot Kotek, Robert Chapman-Smith, Dustin Oakley, Laura Howd, Kmele Foster, Clay Broga, Michael O’Shea | 2017 | 7 mins | USA
FLEDGLING | D: Juliette Rogasik | P: Juliette Rogasik | 2017 | 4 mins | UK
THE GATHERING | D: Micki Dickoff | P: Micki Dickoff | 2016 | 24 mins | USA
THROW | D: Darren Durlach | P: Jody Weldon, Coffin Machtmahr, Alexander Glass | 2016 | 10 mins | USA
ABBEVILLE – LYNCHING IN AMERICA | D: Juan Mejia | P: Equal Justice Initiative, Human | Pictures | 2017 | 7 mins | USA
WHERE MUSLIMS AND JEWS WORSHIP TOGETHER | D: Dan Hayes | P: Chandler Tuttle, Brandon Stewart, Elliot Kotek, Robert Chapman-Smith, Dustin Oakley, Laura Howd, Kmele Foster, Clay Broga, Michael O’Shea | 2017 | 7 mins | USA



About SIMA

The Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) hosts a unique international film competition & awards dedicated to showcasing exceptional documentaries that promote social justice and diverse voices from across the globe. Now in its third year, SIMA has grown to become an international film program and collection, curating and distributing the best international impact cinema productions. Through the annual awards and year-round film programs, SIMA provides a catalyst for these important works, and serves as a film reserve for screening partners worldwide.



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