A keyword is a word (or group of connected words) attached to a title (movie / TV series / TV episode) to describe any notable object, concept, style or action that takes place during a title. The main purpose of keywords is to allow visitors to easily search and discover titles.
Before submitting a new keyword check to see what already exists. A list of the keywords currently being used can be displayed by clicking on the gray list icon ( ) next to the keyword field.
marilyn-monroe tony-blair john-williams tom-cruise albert-einstein
Exception: We accept name keywords with a relevant descriptive signifier. Examples:
reference-to parody satire sketch interview
Examples of these in practice:
reference-to-marilyn-monroe tony-blair-parody john-williams-satire tom-cruise-sketch albert-einstein-interview
There are some keywords that trigger specific display functions on the site:
|reenactment||Used for a Documentary so that actors portraying scripted people are not listed as 'Self' if they have a character name.|
|non-fiction||Used for a non-Documentary title, like a Talk-Show, to indicate that the people are portraying themselves.|
|tv-special||Affects the display of a title; it will say 'TV special' instead of 'TV movie' at the top of the page. Also acts like the non-fiction keyword.|
|tv-mini-series||Affects the display of a title; it will say 'TV miniseries' instead of 'TV series' at the top of the page.|
|hardcore | sex||These two keywords, combined with the Adult genre, will restrict the display of a title to those people who have chosen to see adult titles|
|-character||Used to denote a character's appearance in a title. The formatting should be presented as the name of the character first, followed by "-character". So, for Star Wars, we'd list Han Solo as "Han-Solo-character". This can be used for both fictional characters, and fictional portrayals of real life people (including when someone is playing a fictionalized, scripted portrayal of themselves). Please note that if the character is recurring in a series the character keyword should only be added to the parent and not individual episodes.|
There are some keywords that have a specific meaning:
|f-rated||Used for any title which is either directed by a woman and/or written by a woman.|
|triple-f-rated||Used for any title which is directed by a woman, written by a woman and features significant women on screen in their own right.|
|-episode||Used on an episode of a series to assign a genre where that particular episode is "out of the ordinary" and is unlike most others in the series i.e. "musical-episode" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, with Feeling. Especially useful for anthology series.|
Used to specify what timeframe the title’s plot is set in.
See here for accepted values
The timeframe keyword should only be applied to the plot of the title, not the decade that the title was produced and released.
For example, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope was released in 1977, but shouldn’t have the keyword “timeframe-1970s“ applied to it, as it isn’t set in the 1970s.
Used to specify which subgenres apply to the title. For a subgenre to be valid, it should play a meaningful part in the overarching plot/setting/medium of the title.
To report a duplicate keyword please go to our contact
form and let us know the details of the keywords you think should be combined.
You can now track the status of your Certificates submission and if it has not been approved within your Contribution History, we'll tell you the reason why.
More information on how to do this can be found on our tracking help article.