What kind of credits are eligible to be included in the database?

If you're an actor, director or other industry professional you may need to correct your listing. This page provides all the information to enable you to submit additions/corrections to your own credits.

To avoid any misunderstandings, please keep in mind the following before you attempt to add or change your listing:

  • We collect and display most types of film-related information but there are some kind of credits that we don't list yet. We will only list information that fits our criteria and we reserve the right to reject/delete information at any time for any reason, especially if we are unable to verify it.
    For example we don't list appearances/work in music video clips or commercials or stage plays. This type of information may be listed in the "Other Works" section of a person's biographical information (click here for an example) but will not appear directly under his/her filmography. Moreover we will only list credits that fit our criteria and we reserve the right to reject/delete information at any time for any reason, especially if we are unable to verify it. Ineligible credits can still be added as part of a separate Resume. Please visit IMDbPro Resume Services for more information.

  • The IMDb is a title-based database. What this means is that data collected in the IMDb is centered around film titles, not individual people's credits: we can only add credits to existing titles. If you have worked on a film or TV movie that we don't list yet and want your filmography to reflect that, you need to add the new title before your credit can be added to it.

  • The database is not updated in real time. Any information submitted to the IMDb won't appear immediately: it has to be checked and processed by our staff first. New credits submissions take a minimum of 8 to 10 days before they appear online, assuming they are sent through our automated web-based submission form. Credits for new names (i.e. people with no pre-existing filmographies) or new titles require an additional two weeks to be processed.
    Changes which are not sent via the web interface may take considerably longer than that, depending on various factors (mainly how much supporting information is provided along with the credit addition). That's why it is essential that you follow our guidelines as closely as possible to help us process your credits in a timely fashion.

Work on some kind of titles is eligible for inclusion in the database, while others are not accepted. Here's a list of both categories:

EligibleNot eligible
  • Films (feature and short)
  • TV movies (also known as MOWs, short for "Movie of the Week")
  • TV specials
  • TV series and pilots
  • Individual episodes of TV shows
  • Live-action videogames (i.e. those that feature filmed sections)
  • Commercials
  • Music video clips
  • Industrial films
  • Regional/local TV shows (public access etc.)
  • Stage work

As a general rule, credits for eligible titles are eligible for inclusion. Therefore if a title is already listed in the database, then we should be able to accept credits for it (pending verification).

Credits are listed in separate sections based on what the person did on the film and what their actual on-screen credit was. Deciding how to submit a credit is usually straightforward/self-explanatory: a credit for the director of a film will be added to the Director category; story and screenplay credits belong to the Writer category etc.

Whenever possible, and with a few exceptions, we list credits exactly as they appear on screen. For more info about the eligibility of unbilled work, please refer to our section about adding uncredited entries.

Please also be aware that there are certain types of credits that we do not list unless they are specifically credited on-screen: these include work on marketing elements of a film (work on key art, trailers etc.), or on non-theatrical versions (e.g. DVD authoring, supplemental materials, captioning, re-editing for video, telecine and digital restoration work etc.), or on localized releases (dubbing, dialogue translation/editing on foreign versions etc.). We do not list these credits unless the person has received an on-screen credit for his work in the original theatrical version of the film (not on the homevideo version).

Also if a company or team worked on a film (for example a visual effects company) and received an onscreen credit for its contribution, then an individual who worked as part of that company or team is not eligible to be listed in IMDb because he's already covered by the collective company credit. In other words if company XYZ worked on a film production and is credited on the film, you are not eligible for a credit even if you were a XYZ employee at the time, unless you also received on-screen billing.

The same rule applies to production credits. An executive or president or head of a studio or company that produced a film is not entitled to receive a producer credit on a film, unless he/she is actually credited onscreen in that role.

There are a few special cases where confusion occasionally arises, or notable exceptions to the above rule, so it's worth explaining them in more detail:

  • Episodic TV. If you worked on an episodic TV series, your credit belongs to the cast/crew section of the specific episode on which you worked. Do not add credits to the title entry of the show: you need to add them to the title pages of the individual episodes.
  • Voice performers: with the exception of major characters in animated films, most voice over work belongs to the "miscellaneous crew" section of a film's credits. They do not belong to the cast section. When in doubt, follow the on-screen credits: voice performances that are listed in the "cast section" of a film's end titles can be submitted as cast additions. Everything else belongs to the miscellaneous crew section (possibly under its correct credited occupation, i.e. adr, looping etc.)
    Please note that at this time we do not accept submissions for dubbing dialogue in other languages (i.e. if you did Homer's voice in the Spanish-language version of The Simpsons, we're sorry but we cannot list the credit in your filmography at this time. It's valid as an Other Works entry, though).
  • Puppeteers/motion capture performers: these always belong to the miscellaneous crew section.
  • Stunt performers/stand-ins/doubles: stunt work has its own category in the database. Stand-ins and non-stunt doubles (i.e. body/photo doubles) belong to the miscellaneous crew section, regardless of where the credit appears in the film's end titles.
  • Assistants. These almost always belong to the miscellaneous crew section (or to their own specific department, if there is one). The casting director of a film will be listed in the database under the 'Casting' heading; the casting assistant will appear in the casting department. The editor of the film appears under the Editor heading, but an assistant editor belongs to the editorial department. The assistant to the producer/director belongs to the miscellaneous crew section. For more details on how crew categories are chosen, see this page.


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