Q. How do I cite a movie or tv show using the APA format?

Answer

When citing a movie/film using APA, use the following basic format:

Director's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial if given. (Director). (Date of publication). Title of film: Subtitle if applicable [Film]. Production company. 

For example:

McDonagh, J. M. (2014). Calvary [Film]. 20th Century Fox Corp.

Note: If you accessed the film through one of the library's databases, such as Feature Films on Demand, it is not usually necessary to include that information in your reference

If the movie/film is in a foreign language, use the following format:

Director's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial if given. (Director). (Date of publication). Title of film in original language: Subtitle if applicable [Translated title] [Film]. Production company.

For example: 

Lungin, P. (Director). (2006). Ostrov [The island] [Film]. Pavel Lungin Studio.

If you are citing an episode of a television show, use the following basic format:

Writer's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial if given. (Writer), & Director's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial if given. (Director). (Original air date). Title of episode (Season number, Episode number) [Tv series episode]. In First Initial of Executive Producer's First Name. Executive Producer's Last name (Executive Producer), Title of television series. Production company(s).

For example: 

Morgan, P. (Writer), & Jerrold, J. (Director). (2020). Terra nullis (Season 4, Episode 6) [Tv series episode]. In P. Morgan (Executive Producer), The crown. Netflix; Left Bank Pictures; Sony Pictures Television.

For in-text citations of movies/tv shows, use the timestamp in place of a page number for direct quotations.

For example:

(Morgan & Jerrold, 2020, 33:11)

 

More Resources:

Owl at Purdue- APA Audiovisual Media

APA Blog- Film and Television References

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