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Citing Film, Video and Online Media: Film Citation Examples

Presents citation style for a variety of media formats, slightly adapted from the MLA style sheet.

Examples of Projected Film Citations

When citing film and other media, use the citation form for the format in which you watched the work being cited

Film (projected, usually in a theatrical setting)

Citizen Kane. Dir. Orson Welles. Perfs. Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten. RKO Radio Pictures, 1941.

I Am Not Your Negro. Dir. Raoul Peck. Magnolia Pictures, 2017.

Film (projected, usually in a theatrical setting), citing a contributor first

Kazan, Elia, dir. On the Waterfront. Perfs. Marlon Brando, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint. Columbia Pictures Corporation, 1954.

Karloff, Boris, perf. Frankenstein. Dir. James Whale. Perfs. Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clark. Universal Pictures, 1931.

Davis, Viola, perf. Fences. Dir. Denzel Washington. Perfs. Denzel Washington, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo. Paramount Pictures, 2016.

Miranda, Lin-Manuel, comp. Moana. Dirs. Ron Clements, John Musker. Perfs. Auli`i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jermaine Clement. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 2016.