How to cite a film in Harvard

Harvard film citation

To cite a film in a reference entry in Harvard style include the following elements:

  1. Title of the film: Give the title as presented in the source. Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  2. Year of release: Give the year in round brackets.
  3. Director(s) name: Give the initials and last name preceded by the phrase 'Directed by' (e.g. Directed by J. Watson).
  4. Format: Describe the element's type of format, e.g. DVD, Film, Blue-ray, etc.
  5. Place of distribution: List the city and the US state using the two-letter abbreviation. Spell out country names if outside of the UK or the USA.
  6. Broadcasting company: Give the name of the broadcasting company.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a film in Harvard style:

Title of the film (Year of release) Directed by Director(s) name [Format]. Place of distribution: Broadcasting company.

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the Harvard style guidelines in action:


A film with one director

Titanic (1997) Directed by J. Cameron [Film]. Los Angeles, CA: Paramount Pictures.

A film in DVD format

Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) Directed by Q. Tarantino [DVD]. Los Angeles, CA: Miramax.

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