LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Grab your VR headsets: the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) is now open for entries, spearheading the first awards for Virtual Reality Impact Filmmaking.
For the past five years SIMA has set the industry standard for what truly constitutes a "social impact film," as one that pushes the boundaries of the genre and challenges audiences to engage with social justice topics around the world. This year they officially open that door to virtual reality (VR) films and filmmakers.
"SIMA gives us X-ray vision into the state of the world, into the movements that shape social and political climates, and the players, the trailblazers, the activists behind them. We're excited to find out if VR is indeed an empathy machine that can change the way we participate in what's happening." - Daniela Kon, Founder and Executive Director of SIMA.
From September 8 to October 27, 2016, SIMA is accepting submissions for feature-length and short-format documentaries, virtual reality (VR) films, and impact videos that move, enlighten, and have the potential to transform the way we see and act. Think: stunning social issue and advocacy films with inspirational subjects and blood-pumping storytelling from around the globe. "The content SIMA draws is jaw-dropping," says Jury Member Trevor Hall, Co-Founder of RebelHouse.
From Sundance winners like Dreamcatcher and Who is Dayani Cristal? to hidden gems missing from the international film circuit like The Well and Tomorrow We Disappear, SIMA celebrates the best social impact documentaries from every corner of the globe. And they're not just rich in diversity storytelling: last year, more than half of SIMA's 255 submissions were from female filmmakers, and poured in from over 140 countries.
ABOUT THE 2017 SIMA AWARDS:
The 5th annual SIMA Awards honor eye-opening impact cinema that exemplifies excellence in its potential to inspire social change. Each year, films compete for awards, cash prizes, industry accolades, media features, distribution opportunities, entry into SIMA's signature film programs and a chance to be showcased at the SIMA 2017 Winners Festival. Winners will be announced on February 9, 2017. SUBMIT YOUR FILMS HERE.
Vena-Cava, DEEDA, UPTOGOOD and RebelHouse. Additional Support provided by HuffPost Impact and Pacific Virtual Reality.
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