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MLA 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.

A film is generally cited as follows:

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


You may also list actors and actresses, if relevant:

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


To emphasize a specific performer or director, you will place them as the author:

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

Film from a Streaming Service

Example of a film from a streaming service:

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

Film from a DVD

Example of a film from DVD:

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