IMDb Part 2: Getting Your Project Listed

Feb 4, 2010 by     6 Comments    Posted under: Marketing, Resources, The business

How to Get a Project Listed on IMDb

Through IMDb

On most any page on IMDb you can click the “update” button near the bottom and submit changes, additional info, new movies, etc (or go here). However, this way rarely gets things listed, unless you can provide copious amounts of information and links to external sites verifying your info.


For free you can sign up for an account on (you can also link it to your IMDb profile). Through their you can submit your film to “IMDb Qualifying Festivals.” As soon as that (IMDb Qualifying) festival receives your submission (it does not have to be accepted into the festival) they will send you an invite code you can use to get the film listed on IMDb. In talking to the various people I know who have gotten films listed on IMDb, this appears to be the easiest route.

  • Note that you will probably have to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 – $45 for the festival submission itself (though check into this, because I’ve heard from some filmmakers that some of the festivals–perhaps the American Artist Film Festival–are free to submit to)
  • I think it might also cost like $35 to have your poster up on IMDb, but I don’t think that affects whether or not the film gets listed

This process generally take 4 – 6 weeks, but I’ve seen it take as little as 1 week and as long as…well, I’m still waiting…


Createspace is a website where anyone can sell their creative work (movies, music, etc.). If you post your movie for sale there, you will receive an invitation to list it on IMDb.

Step-by-step instructions on this method can be found here, but basically you just sign up on the website, mail then 2 copies of your DVD, and you’ll receive an email link inviting you to list the movie on IMDb.

A Note on Web Content

It is much harder to get webseries and such listed as far as I can tell. However, it appears that best way to get a web video listed is to have it on a legitimate site like, or otherwise published on the web (preferably on a web series website rather than simply youtube) so the powers at be can verify its existence.

Update: You can view IMDb’s official rules for getting web content listed here. In addition, if your web show is accepted and premiers on Somebody’s Basement it will be listed on IMDb. Derek Houck, a fantastic actor and creator of the hysterical web series Napoleon Bon Appétit offers the following advice:

If your distributor doesn’t have a relationship with IMDb, or you don’t have a distributor, then according to IMDB’s website you content needs to:

-[have] been downloaded in ‘large’ numbers from some website(s)
-[be] listed in the catalog of an established video retailer (e.g.,
-[have] been accepted and shown on film festivals that don’t accept everything independent of its quality
-[have] been made by a (now) famous artist or person of public interest.
-[have] 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.
-[be] listed in a database, document or publication compiled and offered by some official entity such as a film archive, a governmental organization/branch or some reputable author or/publisher.

IMDb needs URLs as evidence for all of these things. So try to get your series on Clicker. Try to get it into a festival like the New Media Film Festival. Try to get a guest-star with a high IMDb StarMeter. Get listed on Slebisodes. Try to get reviewed on NewTeeVee. Individually, none of these may put you onto IMDb, but the more evidence you can present to them showing that your web series is popular and relevant, the greater shot you have.

Thanks for the stellar info Derek!


You might notice that IMDb, Withoutabox, and Createspace are all owned by Amazon. ‘Nuff said.

A Note to Filmmakers

Look, I know you’re busy slaving away getting me the color-corrected, raw footage for my reel, but if you’re not going to pay me then I would really appreciate you taking the 17 minutes to get the project listed on IMDb and linked to my account. Besides, it helps you out too. It’s a win-win!

A Note to Actors

Please, for the love of all that is holy, use this information! Send this post to all the filmmakers you’ve worked with. Heck, offer to pay the money to enter it into a festival. You shouldn’t have to do that, but paying a measly $30 to get a project listed on IMDb is so worth it for you. You know all those dinky, non-union projects you did that turned out like crap? Stop complaining about how you can’t use the footage for your reel and GET THEM ON IMDB! No one is going to see the project anyway, so you might as well make it seem like somewhat of a big deal by getting it listed. Thus ends my mini-rant.

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Part 1 in this series details the basics of IMDb and the starmeter
Part 3 in this series discusses how to manage your IMDb profile
Part 4 in this series explains recent updates to IMDb like your Bacon Number

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