New Title Addition (Short Film) Continually Denied, Lack of Evidence, Please Help

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I have tried to contribute a new title (short film) several times. It's a short low budget horror film, shot over the course of an entire day that will have a small premiere in NY in February but has not been solidified yet. It keeps giving me the "Lack of supporting evidence" message even though I have provided all the information we have several different times when recontributing the title.

I do not understand why it has not been accepted. I've provided website links (basic film homepage and facebook link) I provided the entire cast (including Producer/Director Lloyd Kaufman, who has recorded a voiceover introduction) and crew. I can provide posters, stills, call sheet and behind the scenes images from the shoot, but have nowhere to include them as evidence.

I am one of the producers of the film and can provide whatever information is necessary. I would appreciate any help in getting someone to look at the submission and provide information as to what I need to do to have the title approved.

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This is the most recent (of numerous) entries

11 January 2020

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TITLE URLADDITIONhttps://blood-stab.webnode.com/Blood Stab Official Website
Your Comment“Blood Stab Official Website for the Short Film. The title is in early stages of post-production, still working on festival and premiere date (will be in March), all available information for this title has been provided within the form. BLOOD STAB is a small short film and this website and the Official Site Link are the only available outside links until a premiere is scheduled. Please assist if this is not enough information. I have sent this application numerous times and do not understand why it is not being accepted.



”ReasonRelated item has been declined.

Your contribution has been declined.Your data referred to another item which has been declined or deleted, and this means that your data will not appear on the site. If you also submitted the original item and believe that it still warrants inclusion, please review the submission guide and resubmit.


TITLE URLADDITIONhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1191138881078622/Blood Stab Facebook
Your Comment“Blood Stab Official Facebook Event Page for the Short Film (Mostly used for Cast and Crew on day of shoot).Stills and evidence of shoot available on website. The title is in early stages of post-production, still working on festival and premiere date (will be in March), all available information for this title has been provided within the form. BLOOD STAB is a small short film and this website and the Official Site Link are the only available outside links until a premiere is scheduled. Please assist if this is not enough information. I have sent this application numerous times and do not understand why it is not being accepted.



”ReasonRelated item has been declined.

Your contribution has been declined.Your data referred to another item which has been declined or deleted, and this means that your data will not appear on the site. If you also submitted the original item and believe that it still warrants inclusion, please review the submission guide and resubmit.


TITLE URLADDITIONhttps://blood-stab.webnode.com/Blood Stab Official Website
Your Comment“The title is in early stages of post-production, still working on festival and premiere date (will be in March), all available information for this title has been provided within the form. This website and the Facebook Link are the only site until a premiere is scheduled. Please Assist if this is not enough information. BLOOD STAB is a small short film and this website and the Facebook Link are the only available outside links until a premiere is scheduled. Please assist if this is not enough information. I have sent this application numerous times and do not understand why it is not being accepted.



”ReasonRelated item has been declined.

Your contribution has been declined.Your data referred to another item which has been declined or deleted, and this means that your data will not appear on the site. If you also submitted the original item and believe that it still warrants inclusion, please review the submission guide and resubmit.


TITLE URLADDITIONhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1191138881078622/Blood Stab Facebook
Your Comment“The title is in early stages of post-production, still working on festival and premiere date (will be in March), all available information for this title has been provided within the form. BLOOD STAB is a small short film and this website and the Official Site Link are the only available outside links until a premiere is scheduled. Please assist if this is not enough information. I have sent this application numerous times and do not understand why it is not being accepted.



”ReasonRelated item has been declined.

Your contribution has been declined.Your data referred to another item which has been declined or deleted, and this means that your data will not appear on the site. If you also submitted the original item and believe that it still warrants inclusion, please review the submission guide and resubmit.


ACTORADDITIONHirsch, Sydney (IV)Emily
Your Comment“This is Sydney Hirsch's first role in any production of any kind. The title is in early stages of post-production, still working on festival and premiere date (will be in March), all available information for this title has been provided within the form. BLOOD STAB is a small short film and this website and the Official Site Link are the only available outside links until a premiere is scheduled. Please assist if this is not enough information. I have sent this application numerous times and do not understand why it is not being accepted.



”ReasonRelated item has been declined.

Your contribution has been declined.Your data referred to another item which has been declined or deleted, and this means that your data will not appear on the site. If you also submitted the original item and believe that it still warrants inclusion, please review the submission guide and resubmit.


ACTORADDITIONMendez, DwayneBob The Impractical Joker
Your Comment“The title is in early stages of post-production, still working on festival and premiere date (will be in March), all available information for this title has been provided within the form.



”ReasonRelated item has been declined.

Your contribution has been declined.Your data referred to another item which has been declined or deleted, and this means that your data will not appear on the site. If you also submitted the original item and believe that it still warrants inclusion, please review the submission guide and resubmit.


GENREItem summary is currently unavailable for this item.
ReasonRelated item has been declined.

Your contribution has been declined.Your data referred to another item which has been declined or deleted, and this means that your data will not appear on the site. If you also submitted the original item and believe that it still warrants inclusion, please review the submission guide and resubmit.


GENREADDITIONHorror
Your Comment“The title is in early stages of post-production, still working on festival and premiere date (will be in March), all available information for this title has been provided within the form. BLOOD STAB is a small short film and this website and the Official Site Link are the only available outside links until a premiere is scheduled. Please assist if this is not enough information. I have sent this application numerous times and do not understand why it is not being accepted.



”ReasonRelated item has been declined.

Your contribution has been declined.Your data referred to another item which has been declined or deleted, and this means that your data will not appear on the site. If you also submitted the original item and believe that it still warrants inclusion, please review the submission guide and resubmit.


ACTRESSADDITIONPolk, Kelly (I)Mysterious
ReasonRelated item has been declined.

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COLOR INFOADDITIONColor
Your Comment“The title is in early stages of post-production, still working on festival and premiere date (will be in March), all available information for this title has been provided within the form. BLOOD STAB is a small short film and this website and the Official Site Link are the only available outside links until a premiere is scheduled. Please assist if this is not enough information. I have sent this application numerous times and do not understand why it is not being accepted.



”ReasonRelated item has been declined.

Your contribution has been declined.Your data referred to another item which has been declined or deleted, and this means that your data will not appear on the site. If you also submitted the original item and believe that it still warrants inclusion, please review the submission guide and resubmit.


DIRECTORADDITIONMendez, Dwayne
Your Comment“This is Dwayne Mendez's short directorial debut. The title is in early stages of post-production, still working on festival and premiere date (will be in March), all available information for this title has been provided within the form. BLOOD STAB is a small short film and this website and the Official Site Link are the only available outside links until a premiere is scheduled. Please assist if this is not enough information. I have sent this application numerous times and do not understand why it is not being accepted.



”ReasonRelated item has been declined.

Your contribution has been declined.Your data referred to another item which has been declined or deleted, and this means that your data will not appear on the site. If you also submitted the original item and believe that it still warrants inclusion, please review the submission guide and resubmit.


LANGUAGEADDITIONEnglish
Your Comment“The title is in early stages of post-production, still working on festival and premiere date (will be in March), all available information for this title has been provided within the form. BLOOD STAB is a small short film and this website and the Official Site Link are the only available outside links until a premiere is scheduled. Please assist if this is not enough information. I have sent this application numerous times and do not understand why it is not being accepted.



”ReasonRelated item has been declined.

Your contribution has been declined.Your data referred to another item which has been declined or deleted, and this means that your data will not appear on the site. If you also submitted the original item and believe that it still warrants inclusion, please review the submission guide and resubmit.


PRODUCTION COUNTRYADDITIONUSA
Your Comment“The title is in early stages of post-production, still working on festival and premiere date (will be in March), all available information for this title has been provided within the form. BLOOD STAB is a small short film and this website and the Official Site Link are the only available outside links until a premiere is scheduled. Please assist if this is not enough information. I have sent this application numerous times and do not understand why it is not being accepted.



”ReasonRelated item has been declined.

Your contribution has been declined.Your data referred to another item which has been declined or deleted, and this means that your data will not appear on the site. If you also submitted the original item and believe that it still warrants inclusion, please review the submission guide and resubmit.


PRODUCTION STATUSADDITIONPost-production11 January 2020
Your Comment“The title is in early stages of post-production, still working on festival and premiere date (will be in March), all available information for this title has been provided within the form. BLOOD STAB is a small short film and this website and the Official Site Link are the only available outside links until a premiere is scheduled. Please assist if this is not enough information. I have sent this application numerous times and do not understand why it is not being accepted.



”ReasonRelated item has been declined.

Your contribution has been declined.Your data referred to another item which has been declined or deleted, and this means that your data will not appear on the site. If you also submitted the original item and believe that it still warrants inclusion, please review the submission guide and resubmit.


WRITERADDITION Mendez, Dwayne(written by)
Your Comment“This is Dwayne Mendez's first writing credit. The title is in early stages of post-production, still working on festival and premiere date (will be in March), all available information for this title has been provided within the form. BLOOD STAB is a small short film and this website and the Official Site Link are the only available outside links until a premiere is scheduled. Please assist if this is not enough information. I have sent this application numerous times and do not understand why it is not being accepted.



”ReasonRelated item has been declined.

Your contribution has been declined.Your data referred to another item which has been declined or deleted, and this means that your data will not appear on the site. If you also submitted the original item and believe that it still warrants inclusion, please review the submission guide and resubmit.


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John Ferri

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Hi there, thanks for reaching out. Please note URLs should include evidence of filming, casting, etc. Thank you for your understanding. 
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John Ferri

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The facebook page contains photographic evidence of the shoot. 
Cast and crew, in the process of filming.
The Film's website contains the entire cast and crew listing, as well.
Please elaborate what you mean.
I can provide pictures if necessary.
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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John. You are providing unnecessary explanations where none is needed. This confuses the submission process.
I can add your title if you'd like. I have limited experience adding titles, but I have "Zero" rejections on my title submissions.
https://www.imdb.com/user/ur28003732/?ref_=nv_usr_prof_2

So if you would like my help, just ask.

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John Ferri

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I would definitely appreciate any help you can provide.
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I have some matters to attend to this afternoon. Live in Southern California.
Will be back in about three hours.
I have a pro page. Ed Jones (XLIX)
You have my permission to use the contact e-mail from that page directly.
Would be more secure than posting things publicly here.

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John: Please post the "clean" copy of your last full data submission here on this message board. You can copy it out of the receipt you would have received from IMDb by e-mail immediately after sending it in. Some of the regulars on the board may review it and, if they can, they may provide suggestions as to how to improve the submission to get it included in the database. 
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Here is the info from the most recent receipt.
Blood Stab (????)
  • New Title - Add
    • Plain Title: Blood Stab
      Type: film
      Sub-Type: short
      Status: incomplete
      Year: ????
      Source: ...producer/director/writer

  • Production / Development Status - Add
    • Status: Post-production
      Update: 18 January 2020

  • Country of Origin - Add
    • USA

  • Languages - Add
    • English

  • Color / Black & White - Add
    • Color

  • Genres - Add
    • Horror

  • Directors - Add
    • Name: Mendez, Dwayne

  • Official Sites - Add
  • Cast - Add
    • Name: Hirsch, Sydney (IV)
      Character: Emily

    • Name: Mendez, Dwayne
      Character: Bob The Impractical Joker

    • Name: Polk, Kelly (I)
      Character: Mysterious

  • Writers - Add
    • Name: Mendez, Dwayne
      Attribute: (written by)

  • Miscellaneous Link - Add
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John: It sounds like Ed is going to help you, but I wanted to offer some comments to help improve this submission.

I believe the main thing you need is better Miscellaneous Links. Right now, your two Miscellaneous Links are exactly the same as your two Official Sites, so the Misc. Links aren't actually providing IMDb with additional evidence that your film is going to be released.

Also, the Facebook link appears to be broken anyway. https://www.facebook.com/events/1191138881078622/ just takes me to a page that says, "Sorry, this content isn't available right now. The link you followed may have expired, or the page may only be visible to an audience you're not in."

If you can find any independent websites that have posted any information about your film and/or when it will be released, those would be better to use as Miscellaneous Links.

In addition, I recommend providing more of the major credits. Right now all you have listed are the director, three cast members, and the writer. Adding the cinematographer, editor, composer, and/or producers could help get your film closer to inclusion.

I would also suggest adding a plot outline and/or plot summary and keywords -- they won't necessarily increase the likelihood of your film getting listed, but they can't hurt, and they will make it more likely that IMDb users will find and read the film's page once it is included.

I hope this helps. Good luck!
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Thanks for the response.
I’ll see what I can do about the Facebook page, as I was not aware that it was broken/unviewable. Other than the facebook and films website, there are no external links as the short is still in its early stages of post.

As of this moment, we have no announcement of
release. Most likely, any initial premiere will only be for cast and crew until we enter it into festivals.

Regarding the cast and crew - In previous submissions, I’ve included the entire cast and crew list (over 60 credits) as well as plot and logline, and was still not approved.

Is there any other information I can provide (aside from other miscellaneous link) that might help me get this further along in the process?
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John: I don't have any really helpful ideas beyond what I have already written. However, I do want to note that any screening you hold privately for the cast and crew is something that IMDb does not care about at all. Don't submit it as a release date -- not just because IMDb does not care, but because it might take you a while beyond that to get your film a public showing and you would not want the private screening to be listed as a release date.

Far too often, filmmakers come to this message board and ask to have the year in parentheses after the title changed because they screened the film at a festival in one year, and then claimed that the film was perceived as "old" because it had a previous year screening listed on IMDb. IMDb is not willing to change the year in that situation, because a festival screening counts as a release to the public. 

The only thing that a filmmaker can do to alleviate that problem is to show their film to the public only when they are willing to have the year of that screening listed as the year in parentheses after the title.
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We actually locked in a premiere date. Links to that seemed to have sufficed and the page is now up.

I appreciate everyone for the assistance!

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