IMDB credit to an actor for being in an amateur film

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I am making an amateur film that I plan to distribute through the web through a website for people to download the film. I have several local actors interested in the project, most of whom have pages on imdb.com. Can they get imdb credit for appearing in this film?

The actors are aware that they are making the film non-paid, but they understandably want IMDB credit for their resumes. Initially I thought this would be possible, but now I'm not sure. I need an official answer for them.

I am concerned and worried about the future of my project.
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There is no real official answer to this at this stage - you have to submit and staff will look into the case for including it.

To get a film on IMDB you have to demonstrate it is eligible for inclusion:

https://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?t...

http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?ur...

Now there are titles on IMDB that really don't meet these criteria but: a) the fact that other titles have sneaked through doesn't mean yours will (IMDB do remove titles they have previously accepted, presumably sometimes on such grounds, so you want to make sure yours sticks) and b) the bar isn't set as high as demonstrating notability on Wikipedia (which itself isn't impossibly high if the film-makers have promoted their project).

It is that bit which is key - get the word out on your film. If it fits in a genre then contact relevant websites, if there are any hooks (controversial topic or well-known actors) then make good use of them. If you upload it to YouTube people who are interested can embed the film in their own site, which is a much better way of getting coverage, compared to "there is this film that is out there if you can be bothered hunting it down".

I have submitted a number of potentially obscure films to IMDB but have always managed to find enough material to demonstrate eligibility and if a film can't even manage to generate a modest amount of interest - the Internet is a big place and just about anything can get someone to sit up and take notice if the film-makers can be bothered.