What Independent Filmmakers Should Know About IMDB

Tips for finding films in the catalog

In the VOEBB you can only search for films separately according to the three media types DVD-Video, Blu-ray and Video (video cassette). These media types can be combined under the menu items Search / Standard search with other search criteria such as person, group (corporation), title, film genre, keyword and language. The "Free search" field also allows you to enter any terms that appear in the descriptions of the individual films.

Use the wildcard * if you do not know the exact spelling of individual names and terms or if you want to search for word variants. The asterisk * is a wildcard (truncation symbol). Put it at the end of the beginning of a word from which you no longer know what to do or from which variants should be searched for (e.g. nursing * for nursing, nursing, nursing staff, nursing service, nursing emergency, etc.)

Search for movie genres

In the VOEBB catalog you can search for many different film genres, including genres specifically for children and young people. Please simply open the pick list in the "Genre" field and select it.

If the genre you are looking for is not there, you can search the IMDb under “keyword” for the desired term in English (e.g. for dystopia after “dystopia”). The IMDb offers a very differentiated subject indexing for films, especially for feature films.

Search by language and subtitles

All film languages ​​can be researched directly in the "Language" field.

Desired subtitles can be entered in the "Free search" field according to this pattern:
• German subtitles: German subtitles *
• English subtitles: engl * subtitles *
• French subtitles: French * Sub *
• Spanish subtitles: span * Sub *…. etc
Both criteria can be combined, e.g. B. for German-language films with German subtitles or English-language films with German subtitles etc.

Information on finding subtitles for the hearing impaired can be found at the bottom of this page.

Films in non-English foreign languages ​​always have at least English subtitles at the ZLB, with a few exceptions.

Search for the films of a country

The original country of production is shown in the catalog for each film. The country of production can be researched using the German term in the "Free Search" field. It can be combined with other criteria such as language, subtitles, etc.

In the case of large countries, the result is fuzzy because of the amount of films. H. there are hits that do not match the desired result, as the "free search" is used to search in all fields of the data records.

This country search can also be combined with the voice search, e.g. B. after Australian films in English with German subtitles or after German films in German with German subtitles, z. B. to get to know the country and its people and to learn to understand the language better at the same time.
Media type: DVD-Video
Language: English
Free search: Australia German * Sub *

Film search by year of production

The original year of production is also recorded in the catalog for all films. That is why you can also search for films from a year of production in the "Free Search" field, each combined with the country or other criteria, e. B. German films from 1930. The year of production can, however, sometimes vary by 1 year compared to other databases if the completion and premiere of a film are further apart.

You can also search for films from a decade, e. B. after French films of the thirties. Combine the country search "France" with the year "193 *" in the "Free search" and you will get z. B. with the media type "DVD-Video" all French films from 1930-1939 in the VOEBB. However, there is also an "bycatch" here, i. H. not all hits match the search.
Media type: DVD-Video
Free search: France 193 *

Thematic film search

The best way to find films on a specific topic is to use the keyword search. Keywords are objective terms that are standardized for all German libraries. They are independent of words from the title or the descriptions of the provider. With keywords you can therefore summarize various media with similar content with one term and then find them together in the catalog with this term.

For a thematic search for film documentaries and articles on feature film DVDs and Blu-rays, you only need to combine the media type with one or more keywords. Make sure you try out different terms for your topic in your search and use the wildcard *! The selection is large: In the VOEBB catalog, more than 30,000 films on all topics are provided with key words.

You can also search for the extras on DVDs and Blu-rays in the keyword field. These are tagged by the ZLB and can easily be researched in this field using the original title or the name of the director. With the addition "Comment" you will also find audio comments on individual films. Over 3,000 comments on films on DVD and Blu-ray are tagged with the original title.

If you do not find what you are looking for, in a second step you can enter terms in the title field, if possible with a joker * combined with the desired media carrier in the "Media type" field. The third step is to enter the "free search" - again with the joker * and the "media type". A search is then made in all fields of the data records.

Finally, the IMDb helps with its diverse search options in the Advanced Search, but only in English and primarily for feature films.

Name search

You can search for names of persons in the fields Person (works by a person), Keyword and Title (works about a person) or in the field "Free Search" in all fields of the data record of films - in each case combined with the media type.

Names must be entered very precisely in the VOEBB catalog. One wrong letter and there is no match! Then check the name in Google. There is a sophisticated correction function here, just like in the IMDb. Incidentally, this spell check is also recommended for other terms or film titles for which there are no hits.

Not all film participants are listed in library catalogs. With the actors z. B. in the VOEBB mostly only the first three main actors are listed.

Here again the IMDb helps with well over 5 million participants. It also offers a search for people who have worked together in films.