You asked for proof my new title is eligible. What types of URL are acceptable?

For a work to be eligible for inclusion in the database it:

  • Must be of general public interest
  • Should be available to the public or have been available in the past.

It does not have to be a feature film. We accept most kinds of films/shows:

  • Features
  • Documentaries
  • Experimental films
  • Short films, but for the time being no commercials or video clips or music videos (these go to the biographical section under 'other works')
  • Films made for the big screen, TV and video
  • TV series and mini series (see below about episodes)
  • Video games
  • Webisodes

General public interest is assumed if a work...

  • has been released to cinemas
  • has been shown on non-local TV
  • has been released on video or prints have been made available to the public (but see exceptions below on limited distribution titles)
  • is listed in the catalog of an established video retailer
  • has been accepted and shown on film festivals that don't accept everything regardless of its quality (if you have doubt, see this page for details)
  • has been made by a (now) famous artist or person of public interest.
  • has become famous for some reason and is widely talked about/referenced in non-local media or the 'film community' or is now of general historic interest for some reason.

General public interest is NOT given just because a work...

  • has been digitized and put on some internet page for downloading (unless general public interest is assumed for one of the reasons stated above)
  • is being offered to the public on the web via home made video tape/DVD-R copies (unless general public interest is assumed for one of the reasons stated above)
  • has been made during/for a film class, workshop or any other educational program (unless general public interest is assumed for one of the reasons stated above)
  • has been made for a local institution (such as a university or company) for internal use (unless general public interest is assumed for one of the reasons stated above)
  • is of a strictly private nature (home movies)
  • is an amateur production made for local consumption by friends, family members and neighbours, the local school campus etc. (including "local access television")

We strongly prefer to get online evidence via URLs and accept fax/hardcopy evidence only if online evidence is really not available. Keep in mind that you can put evidence online yourself by scanning/creating documents and putting them on your or someone else's home page, if you have (access to) one. Typical types of useful links are:

  • Theatrical release: Reviews, studio sites, news sites, schedule listings, etc.
  • Non local TV release: Links to the film on TV schedules on sites for TV channels and chains
  • Downloads from websites: Link to film at website and to download numbers/statistics
  • Release on video: Links to the film offered for purchase by online stores
  • Festivals: Links to the film in the schedule of the official festival web site
  • General (historic) interest: Links to the film in databases, to books about the film, journals covering the film etc.

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.


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