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Mon, Aug 2, 2021 11:41 AM

Submitting a new short film

Hello I am new to IMDb and I am trying to submit a new short film (MALFUNCTION)

#1 IMDb wont accept the title (Even though I explained its not an existing or past movie title) is it because its all CAPS?

#2 I have a website, You Tube and Facebook for this film and IMDb is telling me there isnt enough evidence to prove it is an existing film.

What else can I do? We are currently filming.

TIA

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After you've added the title, type, sub-type, status, year and who you are, it then says:

You'll need to provide adequate information on this contribution form in the following sections:

• Mandatory 

• Basic Identifying Information (2 items) 

• Production Information (1 item) 

• Major Credits (3 items) 

What exactly are those things?

It's the things listed below each of the main headings.

Therefore:

1 - Mandatory includes the release date and a miscellaneous link.

2 - Basic Identifying Information includes country of origin, languages, colour/black & white, genres, and directors.

3 - Production Information includes budget, official sites, distributors and production companies.

4 - Major Credits includes cast, writers, producers, composers, cinematographers and editors.

5 - Recommended includes everything else.

Once you have added:

1 - The release date and a miscellaneous link (like a news story).

2 - At least 2 basic identifiers.

3 - At least 1 piece of production information.

4 - At least 3 major credits.

Then you will be able to submit the title.

If you have filled out everything you can find, and there's still at least 1 of the 8 pieces of information missing, then you'll have to explain that in the explanation box (which I've circled in Green), which is just below the 8 pieces of information you need, which you can see in the image below.

I hadn't ticked the box at the time, but when I did tick the box, and once I'd pressed check these updates, the explanation box appeared. Then when I pressed check these updates again, I was able to submit my title.

Why did I have to tick the provide explanation box in the first place?

I had to tick the box because I didn't really have a miscellaneous link.

I just had links for:

The TV series website page.

The TV episode website pages.

Some clips they posted on their Youtube and Facebook profiles.

A page about the series on one of the two production companies websites.

A page about the series on the director, editor and cameraman's website.

And pages for the series and each of the 4 episodes on Apple TV, which technically are miscellaneous links as they have nothing to do with the show, and are simply independent distributors, however they're not good enough imo as a news story would be better.

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Tunia: I have a couple of comments.

  1. A title should not normally be in all capital letters, unless it is an acronym/initialism/abbreviation. If "MALFUNCTION" stands for something (say, "My Alligator Likes Flowers, Umbrellas, Nuts, Cheese, Tacos, Igloos, Or Nachos"), then you should request that the IMDb staff make an exception and allow the all-caps title. But if the title is stylized in all caps just to indicate "Something that isn't working is very important!", then please just submit the title as the regular word "Malfunction".
  2. I don' t know how much of a factor this is today, but short films that were still in production have historically had a hard time getting listed in IMDb due to doubts about whether they will actually be completed and released. It's possible IMDb's policy has changed about that, but I would still think you would need a good Miscellaneous Link -- that is, a URL from an independent source about your film, not the film's own website, YouTube, or Facebook page.

I hope this helps.

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@gromit82 I thought that about the all caps thing, as I haven't added any all caps titles yet, so wasn't really that sure.

There must be some exceptions however like with the show VICE by the company VICE which I recently had an argument with someone about on here.

What was the argument about?

He wanted to merge

VICE by HBO here Vice (TV Series 2013–2018) - IMDb with...

VICE by Showtime here VICE (TV Series 2020– ) - IMDb

Once I've finished all the stuff I'm currently updating, I'm going to request that the HBO version, be renamed to VICE just like the new version by Showtime, as the on-screen titles for both shows, are in capital letters.

There's another title which popped up a few days ago which I will no doubt be adding to IMDB eventually, which also has its title in capital letters, even though that isn't an acronym either.

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Daniel: I disagree on this point. I believe that "Vice" should not be listed in all-caps, because it's not an acronym. But I will wait for the IMDb staff to clarify this point.

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@gromit82  YES IT DOES!  Im new to this IMDb thing how do I get an independent source for my film other than YouTube and Facebook? I have my own film company Website, THANKS AGAIN!

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@Tunia6381 If there isn't one, there isn't one.

That's why I had to explain in my submission that I didn't have one, in the explanation box which I've circled in green above. 

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@gromit82 SORRY one more quick question, is an independent film source like hulu or Netflix? and should i wait until the film is done and sent off before trying to list it on IMDb? Thanks again

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@Tunia6381 I'd wait, but then again I'm not a filmmaker.

If a production is listed by a company like Netflix or Hulu, who have nothing to do with the production, then they're ok as miscellaneous links, but like I said above with my Apple TV point, they're not really good enough imo, as they're not news articles.

I only add or correct things which have already been released properly.

I've barely watched any new or old films in the last 7 years, so aren't really eager to see any. I normally just watch then update them whenever they appear on TV occasionally. However there is one film which has been released at some festivals last year, which is released properly in cinemas next month which I can't wait to see and update. 

It's called The Duke (2020) - IMDb and was largely filmed in my city.

I've already updated a few filming locations, although there's still some filming locations I know of left to add, yet I suspect there will be others which haven't been mentioned as there usually is.

For example, there's a private gentleman's club and a private warehouse (the street exterior is used by productions all the time, including The Duke) which have both been used in at least 2 big TV dramas, (I'm sure there's at least a 3rd production but I can't remember what it is right now), yet those two filming locations rarely get mentioned by the media or the film office.

Therefore most people don't even realise they've been used for filming.

I can pinpoint the exact scenes where both locations were used in one of the dramas, and I know what the warehouse was used for in the second drama, however I haven't been able to work out the exact scene/s that the private gentleman's club was used for in the second drama yet. I'll work it out eventually though.

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