Online nerves? Start with a listing
SHOULD I PUT MY FILM ONLINE?
It’s arguably one of the most thought-about questions for any hard-working filmmaker, usually followed by, “who’s asking?” or “who’s giving the advice?”
Even if you don’t put your actual film online, you should seriously consider having it listed online. The Internet Movie Database or IMDb is the world’s largest film listing site, and is within surprisingly easy reach of any independent filmmaker. It’s free, and for few short hours’ effort, means the details of your film can be easily found online.
In this week’s post, I want to give a few pointers and comments to get you started if you haven’t already done so. But first, you may want to know where I’m coming from.
BACKGROUND – WHY IS CAMPFIRE GIVING THIS ADVICE?
At Campfire, we find films everywhere. You may know that filmmakers can come direct to the site and submit, which many have done. However, we also have a steady supply of films that come to us through Without-A-Box (WAB). WAB is a subsidiary company of IMDb.
For filmmakers, WAB is an easy way to find and enter film festivals around the world.
For us, WAB is an easy way to select and process films for our FESTIVAL work.
However, my reasons for encouraging IMDB listings go beyond this. When we search for new films we haven’t heard of, it’s great to be able to read more about it online. As a distributor, I’m often surprised that all the effort to actually make the film hasn’t extended to giving it an online presence. Given that IMDb is free, it seems there is no good reason for not having SOME information out there available.
HOW DO I GET MY IMDB LISTING?
There’s a how-to wiki that describes this exactly. Edit the page if you find out something else helpful.
Of course, you’ll need to go to IMDb itself to make it happen. You may have some questions about what you’re getting involved with, and you’ll eventually need to register before setting up your page. Perhaps the most important thing to find out before going through too much of that form-filling stage, is whether you are actually eligible. This is IMDb’s way of sorting out the quality from the dross, and is ultimately a good thing because it means that there is some intelligence going into building this database. Ultimately, I suspect it also helps us all define what a film is.
From one of our filmmakers, Tim Clague (Hope, GodvsASA),
It is vital to add to IMDB as industry people will look you up there to see how busy you are. They will do that before searching Google or seeking your website. There’s no downside that I can think of, but it can be slow to get your film added. It does a totally different job to building your own site for your film – but you should do both and link between them.
HERE’S A FEW OTHERS AT CAMPFIRE WHO HAVE LISTED THEIR FILMS AT IMDB:
A Land Called Paradise – Campfire, IMDb (Lena Khan)
Most (The Bridge) – Campfire, IMDb (Alexandra Bekiaris)
The Soup – Campfire, IMDb (Alexander Rozenblit)
L’Imputato – Campfire, IMDb (Federeco Peduzzi)
Federeco also contacted me to say that he first signed up to WAB, and after that it was easy to go the extra step of creating his IMDb listing.
Do you have any stories to share about getting an IMDb listing?
Have you ever been denied a listing?
Have you found reasons NOT to bother?
Has it helped promote your own film or reputation as a filmmaker?