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MLA 9th Edition Citations Guide - Maple Woods

Welcome! Nervous about MLA citations? This is the place for you! Information about in-text citations, bibliography format, and general rules of practice for citations in academia!

Films (Movies & Documentaries) - General Guidelines

Citing films will not always be consistent; it depends on your paper/presentation.

General Example: 

Moonlight. Directed by Barry Jenkins, A24 et al., 2 Sept. 2016.


Example with a focus on actors and actresses, if relevant:

Moonlight. Directed by Barry Jenkins, performances by Trevante Rhodes and André Holland, A24 et al., 2 Sept. 2016.


Example emphasizing a specific performer or director, (listed as the author):

Trevante Rhodes, performer. Moonlight. A24 et al., 2 Sept. 2016.

Film from a Streaming Service


Moonlight. Directed by Barry Jenkins, A24 et al., 2 Sept. 2016. Netflix,

Film from a DVD


Moonlight. Directed by Barry Jenkins, A24 et al., 2 Sept. 2016.