Why adding/changing release date does not change the year next to the title?

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Hello people :)

I am trying to change the year next to a movie title from (2010) to (2013).

I have added a release date of 2013 which appears below the title... 89 min - Comedy | Drama - 2013 (New Zealand)

But the year in the title has not changed and I can't see how else to change it?

A far as I can see the edit release date function is the only way to change the year but it's not working as expected!

Any help would be hugely appreciated!!

Many thanks!
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The title in question is http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1583279

Thanks again!
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It can take a while for the year to change. Otherwise, IMDb staff should be able to forward your request once they see this post.
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Thanks pbn, but it has been like that for almost 12 months!

Hopefully IMDb staff do see this :)
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As the film isn't yet out, when it is update the production status to "released" and this should, hopefully, make the year at the top of the page change (add an explanation saying why you are doing this and that the date is displaying wrong, so the admin processing the submission will see that there's a problem that needs fixing). That should help fix it.
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This got fixed so an admin obviously saw this post :)

Thanks mystery admin!
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The ninja admin strikes again.
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Just wanted to provide some additional information about this. As documented on the site, the year in the title is derived from the year of a film's earliest public screening -- so a film that first screened on, say, December 27th 2010 at a festival will be listed as 'Film Title (2010)' even if it didn't actually get a wide theatrical release until the following summer.

When release dates are added/removed/changed, the year next to the title is changed as well. However, this is not instantaneous or automatic for all titles, to prevent accidental erroneous changes -- in some cases, the year in the title will change fairly quickly, while in others the correction will need to be manually processed, particularly for cases where the change conflicts or has consequences on other features (i.e. the ability to vote on the title, its production status).

The exact factors dictating if or when the change is performed can vary and include how substantial the change would be (e.g. would the year be changed by one or three or ten years?), the direction of the change (is the title year going to be moved back of forward?), what type of event is the new release date associated with (is it a wide theatrical release date or the date of a film market screening?) the popularity and type of the title (a change to the year for a film currently in wide theatrical release has a potentially bigger impactl than a change to a film that opened 25 years ago) etc.

So, to recap: yes, changing release dates will change the year next to the title, but it may not happen quickly or automatically.

If you notice a discrepancy and know that it's been there for a while (i.e. you haven't just recently submitted a new release date), it's always good to let us know so we can take a look.
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Hi Giancarlo,
Following on from this helpful response I wanted to query a film listing which has remained with the incorrect year despite changing the release date several months ago!
The film in question is Fishcakes and Cocaine (2009) which in fact was created in 2013.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3121632
I look forward to hearing from you.
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Hi Giancarlo, I am having the same problem with the film Hermit. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2261625/

The film's production year should be 2013. The release dates (in 2013) were listed on the site over three months ago, but the production year next to the title still does not change and I can't find a way to fix it.
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Thanks for the info! Having the problem with this page for the doc "Don't Think I've Forgotten." Should be 2014 all around. Thank you! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2634200/reference
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Having the same problem. The release date has been update, but the year next to the film is the same as it was before the update was submitted. I sent another update, but then saw this. Any help is appreciated. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1834245/?ref_=nm_flmg_cam_4
Should be 2004.
Thanks!
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Alex, Dan, and Kristofer: I would recommend that you each post your request in a separate thread. This particular thread has already been marked "Answered" and the staff may not review it again. (It looks like Susannah's film has already had its date corrected.)
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Having the same problem. Release date has been updated but title has not changed. Been many months. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1540445/combined
Date is listed as 2009 but should be 2015.
Thanks!
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Like gromit82 said above, I think you should start a new thread to get help with a specific title.
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Shame. Seems like this is a common request and cluttering the board with a thread for each seems a waste. But I'll do it!
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Thank you Giancarlo, much appreciated!
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Hi,

I have the same problem. My shortfilm was released (first festival) in March 2013, but on the official IMDb page near the title it says 2012.. it's wrong, it should be 2013. How can I change it?

I opened my WAB page and IMDb page in January 2013 my short was completed in January 2013, and the first festival was in March 2013. Why does IMDb shows 2012? I need to change it soon, could you please help me? It's important!

Thanks for your assistance.

Gio
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Answered here:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...

Please don't post the same problem more than once, and you'd have been better off starting a new thread for this (it shouldn't need one now, but something to bear in mind for the future).
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Dear IMDB staff,

i have the same problem, i need to change the date near the title (from 2014 to 2015). I submitted my film on withoutabox(i have already changed the date there) which sent automatically this information to IMDB. I need to change date in 2015 cause the first public screening has been 9 may 2015. this is the film http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4383496/

Waiting for your answer. Thank you.
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Emanuele: Have you submitted the release date to IMDb yet? If not, go to http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4383496/releaseinfo and click "Edit page".

On the next screen, on the Release Dates line, select "Add 1 item". Click "Continue".

On the next screen, provide the information requested, and make sure to include an attribute to indicate the festival where the film showed, if applicable. Then proceed through the rest of the submission as normal.

Good luck!
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I have the same issue; we had film go on hiatus that was then finished last year. I updated the release date in this update: 140903-204000-104000 It was over a year ago but it still has the original 2011 year in the title. We've retained a sales agent and they've asked me to change it but I don't know where to go from here?
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I have the same issue; we had film go on hiatus that was then finished last year. I updated the release date in this update: 140903-204000-104000 It was over a year ago but it still has the original 2011 year in the title. We've retained a sales agent and they've asked me to change it but I don't know where to go from here?
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I have the same issue; we had film go on hiatus that was then finished last year. I updated the release date in this update: 140903-204000-104000 It was over a year ago but it still has the original 2011 year in the title. We've retained a sales agent and they've asked me to change it but I don't know where to go from here?
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Dear IMDB staff - I'm hoping that this reply will be seen as well. I've had the same problem with my project and I've read Giancarlo's explanation. My film A Decent Arrangement had a much more significant commercial and theatrical release in 2014 and it still reads 2011 next to the title. Any help getting this looked at and changed (as Giancarlo suggested) would be much appreciated! Here's the URL in case it's of help! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1704680/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Best, Sarovar
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Sarovar: See the first paragraph of Giancarlo's explanation:
As documented on the site, the year in the title is derived from the year of a film's earliest public screening -- so a film that first screened on, say, December 27th 2010 at a festival will be listed as 'Film Title (2010)' even if it didn't actually get a wide theatrical release until the following summer.
Thus, the year after the title is always based on the first public screening -- not the most significant screening. Because your film was first screened at a festival in 2011 (see http://www.iaac.us/NYIFF2011/schedule.htm), it will continue to be listed as a 2011 film in IMDb.
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Hi Groomit82 - Please read the next paragraph in Giancarlo's explanation - which explains that it should be changed and this is discrepancy that needs attention - 

"When release dates are added/removed/changed, the year next to the title is changed as well. However, this is not instantaneous or automatic for all titles, to prevent accidental erroneous changes -- in some cases, the year in the title will change fairly quickly, while in others the correction will need to be manually processed, particularly for cases where the change conflicts or has consequences on other features (i.e. the ability to vote on the title, its production status)....

Later he says that:

So, to recap: yes, changing release dates will change the year next to the title, but it may not happen quickly or automatically. 

If you notice a discrepancy and know that it's been there for a while (i.e. you haven't just recently submitted a new release date), it's always good to let us know so we can take a look."


Also note that date above was changed for the original poster.

My film received a newer (and official theatrical release in 2014) and so it should read 2014. But it does not and I'm trying to let IMDB know, as Giancarlo suggested. 
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You're misreading the OP. You're also misreading Giancarlo's reply (and therefore gromit's reply).

Adding a subsequent release date will not, ever, change the date next to the title. It should always reflect the earliest release date. In your case, there are two releases in 2011. So, the title will always indicate 2011 as it's release date, on IMDb. Adding a 2014 release does not change that fact. Being released again, in 2014, does not mean the 2011 release did not happen.

Say I created a film in 2013 and expected it to release that year and added it as My Film (2013), but no release happened until 2014. Adding a 2014 release date should change the date next to the title. In some rare cases, that doesn't happen automatically and staff has to adjust it. That's what this thread is about. Not changes because it has received second, third or fourth releases. Those should never reflect the date of the initial release.

Please note that the OP's question is about a title with only one release http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1583279/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_ov_inf. In his case, he needed the date changed to reflect that 2013 release. It had initially been listed as 2010 but had not yet been released. When the 2013 release date was added, it should have automatically changed the date next to the title to 2013. So, staff did it manually.

The only way you can list your film's earliest release as 2014 is to prove that the three previous releases never took place.  I have no idea how you'd go about that...and it doesn't seem to be your complaint...so that'd be a tough request to get approved.
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Im having the same problem with my fan film Star Wars Will Of The Force. We missed our release date and are still in production. We need to change it from 2017 to 2020 and i have tried several times but it wont take.  Please help.
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New issue

Please reference the new conversation here: Release date problem
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oh thank you
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