IMDb Qualifier

by Ralph Roberts

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information related to movies, television shows, actors, production crew personnel, agents, production companies, and much more. It is an important reference source for anyone in the entertainment industry. Having credits in IMDb is very important to all of us trying to build our careers in movies, video, etc. My own IMDB credits may be viewed here.

SkyFest  is an IMDb qualifier! That means by simply entering a film in the SkyFest Film and Script Festival (writers only get credit if their script is produced), your film is qualified for an IMDb listing and, by extension, you as producer, director, actor, writer, and/or whatever role you contributed to making the film can list those credits, all at no charge.

If you have a WithoutaBox account (see here), the list of IMDb qualifer film festivals is on the main page after you log in to your account and looks like this:

Expanding the drop down menu shows a list of qualifying film festivals, and you can see SkyFest on it below:

The general disadvantages to the above method of checking to see if you have an IMDb qualifier is that the film festivals only appear on the list while they have an active Withoutabox listed film festival in progress. Defunct film festivals no longer appear. However, the good news is that they are still available to use as qualifiers for IMDb even should the film festival you entered now be defunct (as, alas, a growing number are).

To enter a listing for IMDb, you'll need to sign up for an account there (free for the basic account, reasonable for an IMDbPro account). Then, to use your qualifer, go here and on the second page as you enter (under Release Dates) and (for example) click on the small arrow next to the attribute button, choose S from the menu and scroll down to find SkyFest Film & Script Festival.

The reason for all this is if you DO NOT have a valid IMDb qualifer, your entry will be rejected.

In the case of SkyFest, if you've entered any SkyFest (I, II, III, IV, and now V as this is written) your work is qualified for IMDb. It's a good deal. IMDb credits are important to you. It's no small thing, that's for sure.