Incorrect Release Date

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A documentary I produced, The Man from Mo'Wax ( has been incorrectly logged as a 2016 release and says '(2016)' next to the movie title at the top of the page.

We had our World Premiere at SXSW in 2016 - but this seems to have been automatically registered as our general release date. The film did not have its public theatrical release until 31/08/2018. It is very important that the film is clearly described as a 2018 film because this seriously affects our current, ongoing awards applications and the perception of the film.

I have tried several times to submit changes to the page to make this clear, but it seems that the system has decided firmly on this 2016 release date and won't budge. I've even had to go so far as deleting all festival information from the page to try and clear up confusion about the release date, but this hasn't worked. Does anyone know how to fix this? I would appreciate any help that can be offered.

IMDB is a respected source of information and this error could have a negative impact on our film. 
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Vincent Fournols

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It has been IMDb's rule for all movies since its beginning: the first public showing sets the birth date for any program. So a festival showing, especially as prominent as SXSW, is taken into account, whatever date the distribution or marketing policies may chose later on.
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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These are all accurate release dates and cannot be removed. That's why they stay.

I tried to delete data, but it still appears on IMDb. Why?

IMDb aims to be the most comprehensive and reliable source of information on movies, TV and celebrities. We are committed to accuracy and it is our longstanding policy not to alter or remove correct factual information from our records. If you notice an error or omission in our data, please submit a correction or deletion via the "Edit page" button located at the bottom of every name and title page and our staff will be happy to review it and make all applicable changes. We have a guide to adding data here.

However, IMDb will not remove accurate information. If you try to delete an item of data which is accurate, your delete will not be processed. Please be aware that attempts to delete accurate data will count against your overall accuracy rating and may result in all your submissions taking longer to process along with additional proof requirements.

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An upside: Since it looks like the film had a wide release in the UK, it should not only be listed as a London premiere. If you add the release date, this date will also be displayed on the title page instead of the 15 March 2016 date. However, the title year in parentheses will remain the same.