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How Do I Get My Short Film Onto IMDb?

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17 now has its own title page on IMDb.

Having a page on IMDb for your film is essential – it obviously raises the profile of your film, but it also adds credibility to the project. IMDb is often the place that people turn to first for information on any film (feature or short), so you need to be on there. What’s the quickest and easiest way to do it?

It used to be a long and laborious task to enter the data onto IMDb, and with their strict criteria for accepting submissions, it could even be a total waste of time when your submission is rejected. Now, it’s quite simple. Register an account at WithoutABox, create a project for your film, and enter your film’s details. You can do this before your film has even been completed – of course, there’s still a lot of data to enter, but when you think that, in recent years, you would have to enter all these details separately every time you entered a film festival, this is nothing. If you’ve got good paperwork and the beginnings of publicity materials from your shoot, you should find this quite easy.

If you enter your film into any of the ‘IMDb qualifying festivals’ listed on the main page, your IMDb title page will be generated as soon as your submission is received, not when it is accepted. So, even if your film is eventually rejected by the festival, you will still get your entry onto IMDb. There’s a varied list of worldwide festivals – I entered 17 into the Swansea Bay Film Festival in Wales, a local one for us.

If you’re lucky, you might be able to get a discounted entry to a festival if you’re early for the festival’s deadline, but even if you don’t, it’s still incredibly good value for the amount of good publicity having the IMDb page brings you and your film.

Don’t forget, once all your film’s data is entered onto Withoutabox, there’s a ton of festivals you can enter with just a few clicks of the mouse, and some with very cheap entry fees. Pick your festivals wisely, and try and come up with a strategy that gives you the best value for money if you’re on a budget. Good luck.


Written by Matthew Redd

October 7, 2009 at 6:47 pm

10 Responses

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  1. Wow thats some good info, who would of though it was that easy! Im gonna go try to get a short i wrote and directed in college on there soon! Thanks

    – Matt


    September 16, 2010 at 1:30 am

  2. hey thanks a lot brother. good luck with your


    December 30, 2010 at 5:28 am

  3. Thanks for the info 🙂

    Billig Ferge

    January 18, 2011 at 9:15 am

  4. This does NOT work AT ALL. I tried this and it will NOT give you an IMDb account. It will only give you a membership with WithoutABox. Total fraud.


    May 29, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    • you must be an idiot! it worked for me as well.


      March 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm

  5. It worked for me on another film a few weeks ago. Unless Withoutabox has changed their system very recently, you’re doing something wrong.

    Matthew Redd

    May 29, 2011 at 11:45 pm

  6. thanks


    April 24, 2012 at 6:58 am

  7. I already have a IMDB do I post my short film?


    June 3, 2012 at 7:25 pm

  8. Worked like a charm for me as of December 2011


    November 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm

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