If you need to look up a director’s filmography, or confirm that a certain actor did appear in a certain film, or want to see if your favorite child star has landed any work within the past decade, chances are you’re going to pay a visit to IMDB.
It is, after all, THE Internet Movie Database.
Then it should follow that every filmmaker who wants to build up a web presence should get their project listed on there. Hollywood productions are listed as soon as they get announced, sometimes years before their release.
But if you are an indie filmmaker, and especially a first-time director, if you want your film listed you’ll have to do it yourself. Luckily, IMDB doesn’t make it too difficult for you.
The form for adding a new film is readily accessible. Of course, just because everyone can fill out the form doesn’t mean that everyone can get listed.
Potential films must meet the criteria for “General Public Interest” – so home movies, public access TV segments, and student films are excluded.
But these requirements aren’t strict, and any film that has been screened in theaters or festivals, aired on TV, or sold on Amazon is accepted. Films submitted must have a website, from whichIMDB can verify the information provided on the form.
Only IMDB Pro members can upload in-production titles. IMDB Pro is as essential a resource for filmmakers as regular IMDB is for movie buffs, so the paid subscription is a worthwhile investment.
That’s it! Painless, right? Two to six weeks later, your film will officially be a part of the definitive Internet Movie Database!