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By default, IFDB searches each competition's title, series name, description, and keywords for the words you enter, and show competitions that match at least one of your search terms. You can customize the search with the special modifiers below. Note that modifiers with ":" parameters have to go last, after regular search words.

+word makes word mandatory - only items that contain this word will be listed.

-word makes word prohibited - only items that don't contain this word will be listed.

"phrase" searches for the exact phrase within the quotes: all of the words have to be matched in the exact order given.

series:name shows competitions with name in their series names

year:low-high shows competitions whose award dates were in the given range of years. You can make the range open-ended by leaving out an endpoint: year:1995- searches for all competitions 1995 and later, and year:-2000 searches for competitions up to 2000.

organizer:name shows competitions with name found in the Organizer names.

judge:name shows competitions with name found in the Judge names.

#games:low-high shows competitions whose total number of listed games (entries, nominees, etc) fall in the given range. You can use specify open-ended range by leaving off an endpoint.

#divisions:low-high shows competitions with the given number of divisions. (Every competition has at least one division, even it's just a default main division for all entries.)

You can negate any of the special modifiers by putting a hyphen '-' in front of the modifier name (e.g., -author:bob). This excludes items that match the modifier's criteria.