Why are there ratings for unreleased films?

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I don't mean films that are being hyped but haven't come out yet.   I mean the <a href="https://www.imdb.com/search/keyword/?keywords=unreleased-film&ref_=ttkw_kw_1&sort=user_ratin...">films</a> that have "unreleased-film" as a keyword.  (OK, a couple of the films were shown at film festivals but never actually released for one reason or another.)   Some of them don't even have trivia pages explaining why they weren't released.  Unless these are trolls of some kind, how could they have rated something they'd never been able to see?
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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Some films are for festivals only. Those are released there only. Voting allowed.
Some films are shown at festivals before wide release. Voting allowed before wide release.
Some films are shown at pre-screenings. Voting allowed before wide release.
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Jason: There are several possible ways that a film could have the keyword "unreleased-film" yet have received votes.
  • The film was bootlegged or distributed online without authorization of the filmmakers (examples: The Fantastic Four (1994) and  The Sweatbox (2002)).
  • The film is legally available yet without having had a proper release, which is the case for Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971) (TV) which can be viewed at the Paley Center for Media.
  • The film was suppressed from a proper release, yet occasional screenings were legally allowed, which is the case for the documentary about the Rolling Stones which I'll refer to as "CS Blues".  (See https://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/2013/10/scandalous_rolling_stones_film.html for an article about a public screening.)
  • The film is not itself an unreleased film; rather, it's about an unreleased film, so the keyword "unreleased-film" is ambiguous, which seems to be the situation for Der Clown (2016) (TV) and The Story of ... The Day the Clown Cried (2016), both of which are about the same film.
I don't know the situation for all of the titles on the list, but I suspect that one of these explanations would apply to many of them.