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We’re always looking to welcome like-minded individuals into the SIMA family

OPEN CALL: Join The SIMA 2025 Preselection Committee


WHO: The 13th annual international Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) honor the best documentaries and XR experiences from 140 countries that stand out in their creativity, integrity, and merit to inspire social change.

WHAT IT IS: Prior to films reaching the Awards Jury, each film enters preselection where they are screened by an expansive and diverse collective of film and industry professionals; journalists; media representatives; individuals working in human rights, social justice and innovation; and students in postsecondary education with an emphasis on any of the disciplines listed above.

Applications to join the SIMA 2025 Preselection Committee are NOW OPEN

HOW IT WORKS: If accepted, you will screen up to 100 documentary films (features/shorts) submitted to the annual Social Impact Media Awards. Film access, evaluation metrics and judging/review sheets are all provided. Your task is to watch and rate!

WHEN: September – December 2024 (entirely virtual + screen at your own pace)

BENEFITS: In addition to joining a diverse community of professionals and receiving a certificate of completion for your CV; you’ll have the unique opportunity to gain exclusive insight into eye-opening, global, independent documentary filmmaking that explores the state of our contemporary world.

REQUIREMENTS: You must have a strong interest in human rights, social justice and social innovation and study or work in documentary film, journalism, international development or communications.


SIMA Intern in LA / or Virtual

Our current internship opportunities include administrative and program support for our awards, traveling series and education program, as well as editing and media management, with a minimum 3 month commitment. Please email your resume and cover letter to