Filmography Credits

Why do some acting credits show up in a separate list under a category called "Self" even if those people didn't actually appear as themselves?

To help IMDb users quickly and easily distinguish between credits relating to acting and non-acting roles, these two types are separated into different sections on a name page.  

This means that to create a more accurate and simplified the self-credit space - individuals who appear in:

  • Documentaries
  • TV-specials (e.g. the Academy Awards ceremony broadcast)
  • Making-of featurettes
  • Reality TV
  • etc 

are now displayed in a separate section called "Self" and other roles will appear in their respective groupings.

Since the distinction is based on the type of title and not on the individual credit, a restricted number of appearances may show up in the wrong section. For example, all performers in a reality TV series will show up in the "Self" category, regardless of their actual character name or role.

Most documentaries include appearances of famous people as themselves (i.e. being interviewed or in stock footage), but a few of them also feature reenactments with actors portraying historical characters. Again, these will end up in the "Self" listing (even though the credit will still list the proper character names). You can prevent this by adding the "reenactment" keyword to such a title.

Tracking your contribution

You can now track the status of your keyword submission and if it has not been approved, we'll tell you the reason why.

If you are using the mobile apps, mobile website or desktop website you can access this feature via the 'Track your contribution' button, which has been added to the submission email receipt. Additionally, if you are using the desktop website, you can also use the 'Track Contribution' button now found in your contribution history page.

Clicking this button will take you to IMDb Contributor, our new contribution specific site where you will be shown the status of your request.

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