APA Bibliography: Film or Television Sources

APA Bibliography: Film or Television Sources

Author: Sydney Bauer
This lesson introduces how to format a film or television program source in an APA bibliography.
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APA Reference List Entry: Film and Television Sources

APA Reference List Entry Format: Film and Television

*note that “sentence case” means that only the first word and proper nouns are capitalized. 


Film, Video:
The last names and initials of the producer and director appear first, each with its own label enclosed in parentheses. Use a comma and an ampersand (&) to separate their names. Then list the year, the title of the film, and enclose the medium in brackets. Finally, list the country of origin and the studio or distributor.
  • Producer’s last name, initials. (Producer), & Director’s last name, initials. (Director). (Year). Title of the film italicized in sentence case: Even subtitles [Motion Picture]. Country of origin: Studio or distributor.
  • Brunner, D. (Producer), & Moore, T. (Director). (2009). Secret of Kells [Motion Picture]. Ireland: Les Armateurs.
TV Series
  • Producer’s last name, initials. (Producer). (Year). Title of the show [Television series]. City: Studio or Broadcasting company.
Episode of a TV Series
  • Writer’s last name, initials. (Writer), & Director’s last name, initials. (Director). (Date of publication). Title of episode in sentence case [Television series episode]. In Producer’s initials. Producer’s last name (Producer), Series title in sentence case. City of origin: Studio or distributor.
  • Reed, A. (Writer), & Williams, M. (Director). (2010, January 14). Training day [Television series episode]. In A. Reed (Producer), Archer. Atlanta, GA: Floyd County Productions.
TV Broadcast
  • Producer’s last name, initials. (Producer). (Broadcast date). Title of broadcast program in italics and sentence case [Television broadcast]. City of broadcast, State abbreviation: Station Name.
  • Pauline, M. R. (Producer). (2011, November 22). The nightly news minute [Television broadcast]. Chicago, IL: Big Broadcasting Service.