Adding a new title

A. Introduction
B. Title formats
C. Eligibility rules
D. New Title Form
E. TV Episodes
F. Time to add your new title!

A. Adding a new title - Introduction

Thank you for adding new titles to IMDb.
Please read the new title guidelines below.

B. Title formats

We use the original title of a movie/show in its original language as it appears on screen in the opening credits. 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).

  • If you are uncertain how to categorize a title (miniseries, TV movie, theatrical, etc.), please see the title types guide.
  • Please note that 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.

    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).

  • Capitalization is language dependent. The relevant language is the language of the country origin so be careful with titles in English which are made from non-English words as in El Cid or La Bamba.
  • English, Portuguese, Hebrew, Indian languages:
    All capital letters at the start of words, with a few exceptions:
  • 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: Mixed

Here are some example movie titles to illustrate these rules:

C. 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.

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.

An online video is not eligible for listing if it consists 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. Trailers are not eligible for listing.

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).
  • Made for local consumption by friends, family members and neighbors, the local school campus etc. (including "local access television").

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.

D. 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 forms as possible at each stage of the form and then press the 'Continue' button to move on to the next step.
  • 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.

E. 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.

F. It's time to add your title!

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

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