Release dates

  • This section records when this title was released in a particular country. You need to select a country from the menu and then specify the release date via the day, month and year fields.
  • The attribute field is used to provide additional information on the type of release. An empty attributes field implies a nationwide release.
  • A list of the attributes currently being used can be displayed by clicking on the gray list icon ( ) next to the attribute field.


Attributes for festival releases

  • If a release date applies to a specific film festival then please record the festival name in the attributes field. Please use the most general English name of the festival and do not include the year or number of the festival within the attribute. Example festival attributes are:
    • (Toronto International Film Festival)

      (Berlin International Film Festival)

      (Cannes Film Festival)

      (Sundance Film Festival)

      (New York International Independent Film and Video Festival)

      (Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)

Attributes for city specific releases

  • If a release was not at a film festival but was local to a specific city then please record the city in the attributes field. The convention for US cities is to record the city and state to avoid confusion between cities with the same name in different states. The convention for other countries is just the city name. Please note that we do not record release locations down to the specific cinema so, for example, a screening at The Odeon Leicester Square in London should only be recorded as (London). Example city attributes are:
    • (Los Angeles, California)

      (New York City, New York)



Attributes for limited releases

  • If a release was in more than one or two geographical locations in a country, but not wide enough to qualify as a wide (no attributes) release, then please use the attribute (limited) instead. In countries with a larger population such as the USA, if a title is shown in 11-599 screens, this implies a limited release. Please note that once a title has been released widely (no attribute) we do not record further specific city opening dates.
  • Public festival work-in-progress screenings are accepted with the festival name and the additional attribute (work-in-progress).


Attributes for premiere releases

  • If a release date is a special premiere showing of this title, we indicate it via a (premiere) attribute. Attributes are always enclosed in parentheses ( ), and multiple attributes must be enclosed separately with a space between each one. When there is more than one attribute the first one should always be the location (festival name, city etc). By premiere we mean a special event first screening within a country with the cast/crew in attendance. Here are some examples:
    • (Sundance Film Festival) (premiere)

      (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)

      (London) (premiere)

Attributes for non-theatrical releases

  • Sometimes titles which are intended for release in cinemas instead end up going directly to video or TV in certain countries (usually because of poor box office performance in other countries). We indicate this via the attributes (video premiere) or (TV premiere) respectively. Please do not submit video or TV release dates for titles which did receive a general theatrical release (outside festivals) in the same country as we do not have the resources to track every video and TV screening date in the database. There's also no need to include the video premiere attribute on titles made for video nor the TV premiere on titles made for TV.
  • Conversely, sometimes a title that's made for TV or straight to video gets a theatrical release in some countries. In such cases, use the attribute (theatrical release) to indicate it.


Attributes for re-releases

  • If a title is being widely re-released theatrically within a country, this should be indicated via a (re-release) attribute. If a release is of a newly restored version or director's cut and so on then this should also be indicated via an appropriate attribute. Examples include:
    • (restored version)

      (Cannes Film Festival) (director's cut)

      (TV premiere) (restored version)

      (Sundance Film Festival) (special edition) (premiere)

  • We require complete dates for re-releases, because vague re-release dates can, with films re-released a lot, get various releases mixed up.


Attributes for language regions in Switzerland

  • When adding release dates for Switerzland please always include the region to which the release applies. This should be one of:
    • (German speaking region)

      (French speaking region)

      (Italian speaking region)

US TV programs

  • For nationally televised US TV shows, we use our "earliest release date" rule, i.e. the release date for the show is the earliest date on which it was shown, no matter which region that happens to be in.
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