My film's ranking has been trolled from a territory where its not even available!!!

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My film THE DARK HORSE http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2192016/ has been trolled by voters from the US (where the film hasn't yet been released) ahead of its international launch at the Toronto Film Festival this month!  We received 10x votes of 1/10 in the last 24 hours from this territory.  Our film has received unanimous 5 star reviews during its home country release in NZ, as well as consistent 9/10 and 10/10 rankings.  This is now potentially (inaccurately) damaging our film's prospects internationally before its premiere.   Can anyone help with this? I'm desperate! : )  Thank you in advance.  Tom Hern - producer 
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You know Tom behind every good work there is someone to give bad feedback. This is the rule of the world.

I suggest you to wait for official members' reply.
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This happens a lot.  Usually for new, small films with few votes, but an unusual amount of 10's (is it really up there with the best films ever made?).  But IMDb adjusts the weighting of votes, particularly under 100 votes, and the weighting changes when it passes 100, to display the total score.  As with every film, the more votes you get the more evened out it gets.  So the best thing is to get more votes (and not just from mom, dad and those who would give a ten because they love you...).
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Hi Bluesman, what you said is in essence true... if you give me your email address I will send you a free download of my film - you can make a genuine rating as well as being one of the first people in North America to see the movie...
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Tom, I suggest you to ignore those people who are giving bad feedback. You know what you have made. Just believe in yourself and believe in god. Everything will be fine.
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I think that the response from bluesmanSF is pure BS !!!  1) It doesn't answer the original question of how a NZ film not even released yet in North America can receive votes on IMDb from North America. 2) It does not question where the apparently high ratings from NZ viewers even came from & condescendingly suggests that they came from the NZ filmmaker's family & friends. 3) It condescendingly assumes that the NZ film is not one of "the best films ever made" How can bluesmanSF even suggest that unless he's viewed the film himself???
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My response was that it happens a lot that new films have all 10's and some irresponsible users try to even the vote with 1's. IMDb combats this by adjusting the weighting of votes when the total is low, then over time it evens out and doesn't much matter any more.

I am not saying this is okay. But, each time, it's because a film has been getting all 10's. With still having relatively few votes, 1,515 at this point, its average is 8.3...not 10. And only 3% of votes are from the US.

Are you implying that I am wrong and that it is in fact worth all 10's?

By the way, what makes you think I am obligated to answer to anything at all, let alone how someone from a different country could see a film in NZ? If I am, I'd say, there are planes. One could certainly go there. I've attended film festivals in other countries. Also, I am from San Francisco. It always seems like everyone at the film festivals are from abroad...should their ratings be ignored because they couldn't have seen it if they are from France and the film was only shown in the US?

Besides, I asked if it was among the best ever...I didn't say I'd seen it and it's not (nor I haven't seen it but it's not).

If you have a different response, make it. It makes no sense to simply pick apart mine.

Of note, Shawshank is the best movie of all time, according to user ratings, and 1.9% of its votes are 1's (Godfather, the 2nd on the list, 3.1% are 1's, Godfather 2 has 2.3% 1's, Dark Knight 1.7...)...for The Dark Horse, only 1.3% are 1's. So actually, at this time, it's got an unusually low number of 1 votes compared to other "best of all time" titles.