Release Date crisis

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Hello, I would like to change the release date that appears next to the title of my film. I understand that IMDb uses the first screening date listed, which in this case is a festival screening in late 2011. However, after much blood, sweat and tears, we are very close to securing a US distribution deal but the buyer is insisting that the year in the title be the year of the proposed US release, 2014. They will not close the deal otherwise. 

I therefore need to delete the earlier festival entries from the Edit page to generate a 2014 date in the title. I have tried this from the Edit page but haven't been successful. I know that IMDb probably doesn't want to delete earlier dates but we are pleading for help in this regard as it will mean getting the film actually distributed. The success or failure of the film financially literally comes down to a single IMDb entry. Can the content managers PLEASE help us out here? Thanks!

The film's IMDb listing is here:
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Peter Bishai

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IMDb does not remove accurate data. They will almost certainly not remove the current Release Date since the film was shown there.

All I can recommend is that you refer the Distributor to the Years and roman numerals section of the Submission Guide: Title Formats which explicitly states :
The year in ()'s should be the year of first public screening of the title. For TV- series this is the broadcast year of the first episode/pilot. For movie titles this year is either the year of general release or of a festival presentation if earlier (note that closed screenings for the crew or the media/buyers/sellers or test screenings of the unfinished product for marketing reasons do not count as public screenings).  [emphasis added]
Even if you did manage to get the year changed, it would very likely be changed back when someone else resubmits the original Release Date, and you might be flagged as untrustworthy, making harder to get any future submissions accepted.