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  • Title formats
  • Eligibility rules
  • Alternate versions / cuts / edits
  • New Title Form
  • TV Episodes
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  • If you have submitted a title before then please go ahead and add your new title however if this is your first time doing so then please take a moment to familiarise yourself with our policies before proceeding further.


    Title formats

    We use the original title of a movie/show in its original language as it appears on screen in the opening credits. The character set of all primary titles is ISO-LATIN-1. Original titles using other character sets (eg. ISO-LATIN-2, Chinese pictograms, Cyrillic letters etc.) must be transliterated to ISO-LATIN-1.If you are unsure about the rules to follow check examples from the same country to see how it's done. There is a special guide available for titles in Russian. We also associate the year of first public screening with each title as an aid to recognizing and distinguishing similar titles. For TV titles this is the broadcast year of the first episode. For movie titles this year is either the year of general release or of a festival presentation if earlier (note that closed screenings for the crew or the media or test screenings of the unfinished product for marketing reasons do not count as public screenings). Please note that there are occasional exceptions to this rule. If there is a long gap between the completion of a film and its first public release it can be more representative to list the year the film was completed so as to more accurately reflect the title on the associated cast and crew name pages. 

    Please see Something's Got to Give (1962) where we use those criteria to list the title under its completion year as there was no additional work completed on the original film in the interim that would warrant the later release date being used as the main title year.

    • Uncertain how to categorize a title? (ie. miniseries, TV movie, theatrical, etc.)
      Please see the title types guide.

    • Separate titles for Seasons?
      We do NOT create separate new titles for each season of a TV-show so the year used is the year the show first aired. You may indicate a person's participation in later years of the show by adding them only to the appropriate episodes.

    • Titles which share a name
      If two titles have the same title in the same year we add a "/" followed by roman numerals after the year as necessary. For example, Twilight (2008/I) and Twilight (2008/II).

    • Title text capitalization
      This is language dependent and the relevant language is the language of the country of origin, be careful with titles in English which are made from non-English words as in El Cid or La Bamba.

      Capitilization rules

      • English, Portuguese, Hebrew, Indian languages
        All these should be all capital letters at the start of words, with a few exceptions:
        • The English language words which must begin with a lower-case letter (unless at the end of a title) are: a an and as at by for from in of on or the to with

      • French, Italian, Spanish, Scandinavian languages, Hungarian, Dutch, Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese
        All lower-case letters at the start of words, except first word plus some exceptions (names etc.)

      • German 
        These are mixed 


    Here are some example movie titles to illustrate these rules:

    • Capitalization Exception 
      We make exceptions to the above capitalization formatting rules if the onscreen title requires capitalization to read and interpret the title correctly, which is often the case with acronyms, where titles have a “.” between each letter, such as A.C.O.D.. We may also make exceptions for a title that is both an acronym and a valid English word where periods are not present on-screen, for example: CODA


    Eligibility rules

    For a work to be eligible for inclusion in the database it must be of general public interest and should be available to the public or have been available in the past. We accept most kinds of films/TV shows, including big screen and direct-to-DVD features; web series; documentaries; video games; experimental films and short films. General public interest is assumed if a work has been:

    • Released in cinemas.

    • Shown on TV.

    • Released on video or the web or prints have been made available to the public.

    • Listed in the catalog of an established video retailer; (e.g. Amazon.com).

    • Accepted and shown on film festivals.

    • Made by a (now) famous artist or person of public interest.

    • Made famous for some reason and is widely talked about/referenced in media or the 'film community' or is now of general historic interest for some reason.

    • Must not consist primarily of footage from another title which is or could be listed in IMDb - unless the creation of the video displays a level of artistic merit or can be considered of public interest. For example repackaged/re-ordered episodes and trailers are not eligible for listing.


    Online Video Content

    Videos which are primarily distributed online can qualify for listing on IMDb based on the following criteria. (These criteria do not apply to titles which qualify for IMDb listing as theatrically released films, made for video titles, or television programming.)

    • Online videos must be available to the public for viewing, either free or for a fee. Videos which are set for private viewing only by selected persons are not eligible for listing.

    • An online video must be available for viewing at the time it is submitted to IMDb as a new title. (That is, future videos not yet available should not be submitted, nor should past videos which can no longer be found online.) However, a video which was available for viewing at the time it was entered into the database will not be removed merely if it becomes unavailable in the future.

    • Online videos which are ongoing series should be entered into IMDb as television series with the keyword web-series and the individual videos being entered as episodes. Online videos which are not part of a series should be entered as made-for-video titles.

    • A link to where the video can be viewed online should be submitted in the Video Clips section under Links to Other Sites with the description WebsiteName – Full video.

    NOTE: Unless general public interest is assumed for one of the reasons stated above, general public interest is NOT given for titles:

    • Made for private home use only (i.e. like a home movie, which is of a strictly private nature).

    IMDb retains the right to reject any work whose eligibility according to above rules is dubious and/or unverifiable. This may include works which are in their very first development stages. If you would like to submit a project in development, please sign-up for IMDbPro. IMDb retains the right to change and adapt eligibility rules as circumstances require.


    Alternate versions

    Sometimes, a title exists and is released in more than one versions; typically this happens when a film premieres at festivals or other limited release and then undergoes changes before wider distribution, or when a film is re-released in an extended version (such as a director's cut, or special edition). This is not uncommon, and we typically document the differences between two or more versions of the same work by adding an entry to the title's Alternative Versions section.

    In some rare cases two versions of the same title may differ significantly enough to warrant the creation of two separate title pages. When this happens, the two versions can linked via an entry in the 'Movie Connection' section through the appropriate "version of" connection. This is however a very rare exception that is made only when we determine that two separate title pages are warranted. The decision to create a separate new title page instead of an alternate version entry is exclusively made on a case-by-case basis by our editors.

    To provide some guidance, these are some of the criteria that are typically considered when determining whether a new version of the film justifies the creation of a separate title page:

    • Storyline: Does the plot differ significantly between versions (e.g. different endings, different story outcome for some characters), or are the differences limited to additional scenes/content (e.g. insertion of additional material originally left out of the first release or other minor story changes)?

     

    • Co-existence: Are/were both versions of the same title available for viewing at the same time, or did one version effectively replace the other upon release?

     

    • Running time: Does the new version include a substantial amount of new footage (e.g. there's a significant difference from the original running time)?

     

    • Cast: Do the two versions feature different cast members playing the same role (e.g. scenes were reshot with different actors after the release of the initial version)?

     

    • Different above the line talent: Are there notable differences in the main creative credits (e.g. director, writer) or is the new version a re-edited cut of the same film with only a few new cast or crew members (e.g. a different editor or music composer)?

     

    • Wide vs. Limited distribution: How widely was each version distributed? Was the first version of a film seen by only a few people before being re-cut/re-edited later for theatrical distribution or was the film was widely released and then re-released in a different version?

     

    • Changes caused by release timing: Was a new version of a film created to include changes or additional footage because of events occurring during the time elapsed that from the original release (e.g. a documentary that required changes to include new information about events that transpired after it originally premiered)?

    Unless the new version of a title is significantly and verifiably different from the original one in several of the above areas, we will not create a separate title page, and details the new version should be submitted as an "Alternate Versions" entry for the original film.


    New Title Form: Important points to remember

    When using the new title page to add a title, please bear in mind the following important guidelines:

    • Titles are not automatically added; the data is sent to the IMDb title managers who will verify the existence and eligibility of the title and, if acceptable, add it.

    • Once the title itself has been added to the database, it may take up to 7 days for the information submitted along with it to also appear.

    • The more information you provide, the more chance we will be able to verify the title and add it to the database.

    • When submitting the title, please complete as many of the sections as possible at each stage of the form and then press the 'Continue' button to move on to the next step. Please note that it is possible to submit your title without providing the details for certain sections of the form if they are unknown. To do so please tick the provide explanation box and select re-check these updates at the bottom of the page as shown below. However, please be aware that this may affect your chances of getting the title accepted as our Data Editors may be unable to verify the associated information with your title submission.

         


    • Please type the title as it appears on screen in the opening credits, paying attention to the formatting rules above. In order to simplify things please do not include the IMDb specific tags such as the year, (TV), (V) etc as we will calculate and add those automatically on your behalf based on your choice in the 'Type' and 'Year' sections below.

    • In the 'Type' section, choose the correct type for your title. If you choose 'Film' or 'TV' we will ask a further question in the next stage to refine the exact type of the title (watch for the 'Subtype' category appearing under the main 'Type' field in the next page).

    • In the 'Status' section choose the option which most accurately reflects the release status of this title. We will ask for evidence of public screenings in later stages if you select the 'Released' option and your title was made after 1999.

    • In the 'Year' form enter the year of first public screening as defined by the rules above.

    • From the 'I am...' menu, select, the option which most accurately reflects your connection to this title.

    • If you are adding a new, in-development title to IMDb, please only include the information you know is true, avoid speculating any rumored actors in the cast or guessing its release date—this information can be added later after they're known.

    • After gathering further initial information on the next few screens we will perform one final search for existing titles close to this title and you will need to confirm your title is genuinely new.
      We will then show other categories of information we require in order to validate the title. Please provide as much information as possible since the more data you supply, the easier and faster we can verify and add this title. If you require any help on any of the sections look for a blue '?' to the right and click this for specific help on that section.


    TV Episodes

    • This form is for the addition of all titles except TV episodes. To submit these, navigate to a TV series page and click the "Add Episode" button at the bottom of the page.

    • For more information, we recommend reading the TV Episodes Submission Guide.


    It's time to add your title!

    Thank you for familiarizing yourself with the rules above. Please go ahead and add your new title.


    Tracking your contribution


    You can now track the status of your New Title 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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