Citation Guide

How to cite a film in a bibliography using MLA

The most basic entry for a film consists of the title, director, distributor, year of release, and medium. You may also choose to include the names of the writer(s), performer(s), and the producer(s), as well as the film's original release date.

Film title. Dir. First Name Last Name. Distributor, Year of Release. Medium.

BibMe: The Movie. Dir. John Smith. Columbia, 2009. Film.

The citation should begin with the film title italicized, followed by a period. If the film is dubbed in English or does not have an English title, you may begin by including the title as translated in English, followed by the original title in square brackets.

BibMe: La Película [BibMe: The Movie]. Dir. John Smith. Columbia, 2009. Film.

The director's name should be cited, preceded by the abbreviation "Dir." If relevant, you may also choose to include the names of the writer(s), performer(s) (preceded by the abbreviation "Perf."), and/or producer(s) (preceded by the abbreviation "Prod."). Group different types of personnel together and separate each personnel group by a period. Write these personnel names in normal order - do not list reverse the first and last names.

BibMe: The Movie. Screenplay by Jane Doe. Dir. John Smith. Prod. Bob Johnson. Perf. Mike Jones and Jim Jones. Columbia, 2009. Film.

If you would like to emphasize the contributions of a specific person in your citation, start the citation with that person's name, followed by a comma, an abbreviation for their position, and a period. The person's name should be reversed, with a comma being placed after the last name. A suffix, such as a roman numeral or Jr./Sr. should appear after the author's given name, preceded by a comma.

Johnson, Bob, prod. BibMe: The Movie. Screenplay by Jane Doe. Dir. John Smith. Perf. Mike Jones and Jim Jones. Columbia, 2009. Film.

List the distributor of the film, followed by a comma, the year released, and a period. If the film's original year of release differs from the year of release for the copy of the film you viewed, include the original year of release after the personnel, and place the year of release for the copy of the film you viewed after the distributor.

BibMe: The Movie. Dir. John Smith. 2007. Columbia, 2009. Film.

Conclude the citation with the medium on which you viewed the film, which may be videocassette, DVD, laser disc, etc., followed by a period. If you are citing a theater viewing of the film or you are citing the film without reference to a particular copy of it, use the word "Film". Slide programs or filmstrips should be cited as films.

BibMe: The Slide Program. Dir. John Smith. Columbia, 2009. Slide program.

BibMe: The Movie. Dir. John Smith. Columbia, 2009. DVD.

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