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How to Get Listed on IMDB

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me this question I’d be able to fund my next feature film 🙂 So I figured I’d write it in a blog post and just send people a link whenever they asked. So here it goes…

You can always just go to their FAQ’s at this link and read but if that’s not too clear for whatever reason here it is in laymen’s terms.

If you or your child were in a short film you will need to wait until the producer or director submits the film to an IMDB qualifying film festival through and through that website you or your child’s credit will be created. Be sure to give them the exact spelling of the name you want listed.

It’s probably a good idea to go on IMDB’s website and do a search for that name to see if it’s already taken. If it is, then you may want to include a variation of the name (like adding a middle initial, or a II, III, etc).

If you don’t have a profile or credit on IMDB it can take up to about 6 weeks for them to create it from the time it’s been submitted.

From this point on you want to make sure that every film project uses that exact same url or profile when submitting you or your child for credits or else you will end up with duplicate profiles that have some credits on one and other credits on another. It’s a pain in the #@! trying to combine all of that info at that point.

If IMDB gets something wrong like spelling, or just whatever…it’s normally a painful process to get them to fix it as every time you make an update to your profile you will receive an email saying it will be at least 4-6 weeks before the change occurs.

I’ve had several instances where the change never occurred even after consulting their help desk and being assured they would fix it. Just keep your fingers crossed you enter your info in right the first time and that it goes through as expected.

If you have a feature film you are producing or directing just go to their FAQ’s to find out what to do. Click here to see the steps and red tape involved.

If you have anymore questions either leave a comment below or hit them up through their website.

Jay Carver

Jay Carver is a screenwriter, director and producer. Through his production company J-Style Films, he has done work for companies such as Turner Broadcasting. In the past, he has worked with Hollywood actor Omari Hardwick and won several film festivals including "Best Director".

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