Winners Announced for the 1st Annual Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)

Sourav Sarangi's Char…The No Man's Island and Paul Johannessen's Women of Fukushima win best documentary feature and short awards among films presenting stories of human rights and humanitarian development from around the globe.

LOS ANGELES, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Today, award-winning international documentary production and social impact agency, DEEDA Productions, announced the winners for its first annual Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA), an international film competition and awards dedicated to showcasing exceptional documentary films and impact videos that spotlight humanitarian and social impact issues from around the globe.

"All winning films stand out in their creative approach to impact storytelling, in their ability to advance the dialogue on human rights and humanitarian development, in their potential to inspire awareness, compassion and social transformation, and to ignite a deeper understanding of how global issues affect the everyday lives of people and societies around the world. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to see so many inspirational and educational works in our first year of the competition and look forward to sharing such powerful films with global audiences through our travelling series and programs," says SIMA Executive Director, Daniela Kon.

Winners were selected by a jury of media and humanitarian industry leaders from a pool of 267 films from over 80 countries.  Awards were given out to 10 winners and 6 jury prize recipients in the Documentary Film and Educational Impact Video categories. Jury prizes come with an unrestricted honorarium of $500 per film provided by DEEDA Productions, G-Technology, Cinecause, and Flemings. Winning films captured stories from around the world, including Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Columbia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Japan, Nepal, Tanzania, and the United States.

"It was an honor to participate on the jury of this inaugural program.  These films exemplify the power of cinema to create social change.  SIMA is a terrific platform to generate more awareness for such projects and their related causes; and CineCause is proud to support the efforts," says juror and CineCause founder Jon Fitzgerald.

"In just its first year SIMA curated an unbelievable collection of films -- both in the pure beauty of the films and in the depth of their message/impact. Daniela has set a high standard that I know she will be able to maintain in the years ahead. This is just the beginning. SIMA truly scored the planet for stories that need to be told, about problems that need to be solved -- and found them!" says juror and President of Creative Visions Foundation, Trevor Hall.

The 2013 SIMA jury was comprised of SIMA Executive Director Daniela Kon, Creative Visions President & CEO Trevor Hall, Journalist and Tiziano Project Founder Andrew McGregor, Hollywood Film Festival Executive Director Jon Fitzgerald, Academy-Award nominated Editor Enat Sidi, Producer Darius Fisher, Film Editor Kimberley Hassett, Development Consultant Kristi Manning, Writer & Development Consultant Jennifer Lentfer, Development Consultant Daniela Papi, and Educator and Development Consultant Maryann Bylander.



Best Feature Documentary

WINNER: CHAR…THE NO MAN'S ISLAND Director: Sourav Sarangi | India

Best Director

WINNER: CHAR…THE NO MAN'S ISLAND Director: Sourav Sarangi | India

Best Cinematography

WINNER: THE WELL Directors: Paulo Barberi & Riccardo Russo | Ethiopia / Italy

Best Editing

WINNER: ELEMENTAL Directors: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee & Gayatri Roshan | USA / India / Australia / Canada

Best Sound Editing 

WINNER: THE WELL Directors: Paulo Barberi & Riccardo Russo | Ethiopia / Italy



Best Short Documentary 

WINNER: WOMEN OF FUKUSHIMA Director: Paul Johannessen | Japan

Best Director 

WINNER: BASEBALL IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA Directors: David Darg & Bryn Mooser | Haiti / Canada

Best Cinematography 

WINNER: MACHINE MAN Directors: Roser Corella & Alfonso Moral | Bangladesh / Spain

Best Editing 

WINNER: E-WASTELAND Director: David Fedele | Ghana / Australia

Best Sound Editing 

WINNER: DANCING THE REVOLUTION Directors: Vaida Blazyte & Mara Cavalli | Tanzania



Transparency Award sponsored by DEEDA Productions


Stylistic Achievement Award sponsored by G-Technology

WINNER: CHAR…THE NO MAN'S ISLAND Director: Sourav Sarangi | India

Lens to Action Award sponsored by Cinecause

WINNER: ELEMENTAL Directors: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee & Gayatri Roshan | USA / India / Australia / Canada

Ethos Award sponsored by Flemings

WINNER: OUT OF THE DARKNESS Director: Stefano Levi | Nepal / Germany



Innovation Award

WINNER: FUTURE LEARNING Director: Eli A. Kaufman | USA

Impact Award

WINNER: FAMILIA AYARA Directors: Gonzalo Escuder & Nacho Gomez | Columbia / Spain



FUTURE OF HOPE Director: Henry Bateman | Iceland / UK

WHEN THE BOYS RETURN Director: Tone Andersen | Palestine / Norway

REPORTERO Director: Bernado Ruiz | Mexico / US

(R)ESISTENZA Director: Francesco Cavaliere | Netherlands / Italy



INTERNATIONAL AID HURTS PALESTINIAN CIVIL SOCIETY Directors: Rama Mari & Dalia Association | Palestine

UNSEEN Director: Upneet Kaur-Nagpal | UK

FIRST PERIOD: A FILM ON GREEN SCHOOLS Director: Aditi Banerjee | India

THIS FILM IS ABOUT Director: Eduardo Hunter Moura | Brazil

For images and trailers of winning films, please visit,

ABOUT THE SOCIAL IMPACT MEDIA AWARDS - Presented by DEEDA Productions, SIMA, is an international film competition and awards dedicated to showcasing exceptional documentary films and educational impact videos.  SIMA serves as a platform for these creative works, and allows their messages to be amplified to wider audiences in order to promote and inspire global awareness, social activism and education. SIMA 2013 is sponsored by CSR Wire, G-Technology, Cinecause, andFlemings, with additional support from partners Creative Visions Foundation, Global Voices, Ashoka, Mission TV, Compathos Foundation, Small World, Eoto World, PCI Media Impact, LessonsILearned, DNA, and How Matters. SIMA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, visit


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ABOUT DEEDA PRODUCTIONS - DEEDA is an award-winning documentary production company and impact agency working to advance human rights, humanitarian aid and global development. In addition to producing the Social Impact Media Awards, DEEDA produces social-impact media and offers consulting and creative production services to international organizations aiming to create awareness and maximize responsible impact. For more information, visit

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