Overview | The 4 AKA Title Rules | Attribute definitions | Tracking your contribution | Non-Latin Scripts | Hindi Scripts
Our goal at IMDb is to be able to represent to any customer in any locale (speaking language and country) what a title is known as.
For example, "Black Panther" is known in Germany as "Black Panther" to a German speaking audience, regardless of the text being in English. Similarly, "Das Boot" is known in the USA as "Das Boot" to an English speaking audience, regardless of the text being in German.
The main imdb display title for a country should reflect what title the movie/tv show is primarily known as in the locale (speaking language and country) of choice.
We are now encouraging the submission of an imdb display title for all known countries, including the country of origin. Previously, submitting an imdb display title for the country of origin was considered unnecessary, as was submitting an imdb display title for a country that was otherwise covered by an International: English title. In order to capture all of the associated alternate title information for a title in full, adding all known country titles will list the details for each country to the Release Info on the associated title page.
1. Common/Simple variants
|reissue title||The title used on the title card of the film for a theatrical reissue.|
|new title||A re-titling of the film relative to the primary title, or another alternate title (for the same country-language combination) in the same distribution channel (theatrical, TV, video).|
|first part title
(+ second part title etc.)
|The title for the first (or second etc.) part of a multipart film.|
|segment title||The title of a segment of the film/series (where segments have their own titles).|
|orthographically correct title||The orthographically correct spelling for the film in a case where the primary title has (intended or unintended) spelling errors.|
|alternative spelling||An alternative spelling of the title as used in secondary sources (only applicable to minor differences such as "7" versus "Seven" etc.)|
|uncensored intended title||The uncensored intended title of the film.|
|bowdlerized title||A bowdlerized (i.e. censored) version of the corresponding primary title or another alternate title.|
A subtitle added to the primary title. (Subtitles are usually part of the primary title, so this
|closing credits title||The title used in the closing credits of the film (which is different from that used in the opening credits).|
2. 'Length' variants
|complete title||The complete version of the primary title (or a corresponding short(er) alternate title). Since the primary title is supposed to be the complete title it is only used for special cases such as overlong primary titles (e.g. "John Carpenter's Halloween").|
A short version of the primary title or a corresponding long(er) alternate title.
|informal short title||An informal short title.|
|long title||A long(er) version of the primary title. Again, since the primary title is supposed to be the complete title it is only used for special cases such as overlong primary titles.|
|long new title||A longer new title for the film.|
3. Production stage and promotion related variants
|original script title||An original script title for the film. Once the script is approved and (pre)production has started we use working title or pre-release title respectively.|
|working title||A working title used for the film during production (and before its premiere). The corresponding country/language attribute must be from (one of) the (co)producing country/countries.|
|fake working title||A fake working title used during the production of the film. The corresponding country/language attribute must be from (one of) the (co)producing country/countries. Fake working titles are sometimes used to hide the true nature of a film, for example to avoid unwanted public attention or political interference/censorship.|
|pre-release title||A pre-release title. The difference to a working title is that the film is finished but has not yet premiered.|
|promotional abbreviation||A promotional abbreviation used for the film.|
|promotional title||Used for promotional purposes (but is not an abbreviation).|
|copyright title||A copyright title for the film in the original country (not identical to the primary title).|
|second copyright title||The second copyright title for the film (if there was more than one).|
|review title||Used in written reviews of the film.|
|teaser title||The title used on a teaser.|
|trailer title||A title used in a trailer for the film.|
4. English language variants
|literal English title||A literal English translation of the primary title.|
|informal English title||An informal alternate title in English. Informal means it's not an official title coming from the producer(s) or distributor(s) but it's a title widely used in the public nonetheless (such as in the press or online etc.).|
|literal translation of working title||A literal (English) translation of the working title of the film (which has a non English original title).|
|informal literal English title||An informal literal title in English.|
5. 'Version' variants
|dubbed version||A dubbed version of the film.|
|original subtitled version||A subtitled original version of the film.|
|recut version||A recut version of the film (can be longer or shorter than original version).|
|director's cut||The title for the director's cut of the film.|
|cut version||A cut version of the film (shorter than the original version).|
|censored version||A censored version of the film (can be shorter or not as the original (use of alternative takes)).|
|soft porn version||A soft porn version of the film.|
|racier version||A racier version of the film.|
|X-rated version||An X-rated version of the film.|
|bootleg title||The title of a bootleg version of the film.|
|longer version||A title used for a longer version of the film (not a longer alternate title).|
|short version||A short version of the film (not a short(er) alternate title).|
|restored version||A title given to a restored version of the film.|
|3-D version||A 3D version of the film.|
6. Release format variants
|DVD title||The title used on the title card of the film on the DVD edition.|
|DVD menu title||The title used for the film in the DVD menu.|
|DVD box title||The title on the DVD box of a video release of the film.|
|3-D video title||The title of the 3D version of a film released on video.|
|video title||The title on the title card of the film on the video edition.|
|video box title||The title used on the video box of a video release of the film.|
|unauthorized video title||An unauthorized video title (on the title card of the film).|
|video CD title||The title used on the video CD version of the film.|
|TV title||The title on the title card of the film when shown on TV in the region corresponding to the country/language attribute.|
|rerun title||A rerun title on TV.|
|syndication title||A TV title for the film used for syndication.|
|cable TV title||An alternative title used on cable TV.|
|theatrical title||A theatrical title (for a TV or made for video film). It is not used for theatrical films where it is an assumed default.|
|poster title||The title used on posters for the film.|
|8mm release title||The title used on 8mm prints.|
|16mm release title||A title used on 16mm prints.|
|16mm rental title||The 16mm rental version of the film.|
|IMAX version||The IMAX version of the film.|
|PC version||The PC version of a video game.|
|game box title||The title used on the box for a video game.|
7. Festival, premiere and catalogue variants
|festival title||The title used on the title card of the film when screened at festivals in the region corresponding to the country/language attribute. (Only used if the title changed later on when the film went into distribution.)|
|Berlin film festival title||The title used at the Berlin film festival.|
|MIFED title||A title of the film used at MIFED.|
|Venice film festival title||The title used for the film at the Venice film festival.|
|Cannes festival title||The title used for the film at the Cannes film festival.|
|premiere title||A title used at the premiere of the film (but not afterwards).|
|Los Angeles premiere title||The title used at the Los Angeles premiere of the film (but not afterwards).|
|American Mutoscope & Biograph catalog title||The title used in the American Mutoscope & Biograph catalog.|
|YIVO translation||The Yiddish title used by the YIVO (Institute for Jewish Research).|
|video catalogue title||A title used in a video catalogue.|
|series title||A title used to link a film with other titles in a film series. Usually includes a volume number.|
8. Literal/translated/transliterated variants
|literal title||A literal translation of the primary title.|
|informal literal title||An informal literal translation of the primary title.|
|informal title||An informal title. Informal means it's not an official title coming from the producer(s) or distributor(s) but it's a title widely used in the public nonetheless (such as in the press or online etc.).|
|informal alternative title||An informal alternative title.|
|transliterated title||A transliteration of the corresponding primary or alternate title.|
|alternative transliteration||An alternative transliteration compared to the one used for the corresponding primary or alternate title.|
|correct transliteration||A correct transliteration of the primary title. Only used for cases where an incorrect transliteration is also listed because it is actually on a title card.|
9. TV variants
|last season title||The final season of a TV series.|
|weekend title||The weekend (only) title for a TV series.|
|summer title||The title for a TV series used during the summer months.|
|first episodes title||The title for a TV series only used for the first few episodes.|
|first episode title||The title for a TV series only used for the first episode.|
| first season title
(+ second season title etc.)
|The first (or second etc.) season of a TV series.|
Alternate titles can also now be contributed in Japanese script (Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana) and Hindi script (Devanagari).
To do so, simply select the appropriate option (e.g. Japan: Japanese title) in the Country/Language drop-down in the Alternate Titles contribution form.
Please see this guide on how to format these titles.
Note that new titles originally released in Japanese or Hindi script still need to be transliterated into ISO-LATIN-1.
However, once the title is already listed on IMDb, you can contribute its original script as an alternate title with the imdb display title attribute.
As always, the imdb display title attribute should be applied to the title by which the movie/tv show is primarily known for the specified country and language.
For example, if the movie/show is primarily known in Japanese script then this version should have the imdb display title attribute. Or, if it is primarily known in romanized Japanese (Japanese transliterated into Latin script), then this version should have the imdb display title attribute instead.
The contribution guidelines for Hindi-India alternate titles are essentially the same as the overall guidelines for other countries and languages mentioned above. However, there can be some complexity in the way titles are released for audiences in India.
This is in part due to the variety of languages with significant adoption, and that many of these languages have their own corresponding script.
Please therefore note the following:
Many of the alternate titles in our catalog were contributed before we supported Japanese script, with the Country/Language Japan: English title or simply Japan. As such, many of these titles had to be romanized. Now that we support Japanese script, we still want to retain these romanized versions alongside the Japanese script titles. Therefore, please refrain from deleting any preexisting transliterated versions unless they are incorrect.
The same attribute definitions outlined above apply to these: If a romanized title is not how the movie/show is primarily known (not the imdb display title) for the language-country combination at hand, then alternative title should be used, unless another more specific attributes applies. For most romanized titles one of the following should then apply:
You can now track the status of your Title Text 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.