Among the 31 movies used for the benchmark in 2014, 24 are dedicated to the training step and 7 for the test step. High level concepts annotations are only provided on the first 18 movies of the test set.
Please note that the movie Kill Bill was officially removed from the training set for the Violent Scenes Detection Task due to availability issues. However, we are still providing the annotations for this movie together with the VSD dataset.

Official 2014 training set:

Léon, Reservoir Dogs, Armageddon, I am Legend, Saving Private Ryan, Eragon, Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix, Billy Elliot, Pirates of the Caribbean – the curse of the black pearl, The Sixth Sense, The Wicker Man, Midnight Express,  The Wizard of Oz, The Bourne Identity, Independence Day, Fight Club, Dead Poets Society, Fantastic Four 1, Fargo, Forrest Gump, Legally Blond, Pulp Fiction, The God Father 1, The Pianist

Additional training set:

Kill Bill

Official 2014 Test set:

  • 7 Hollywood movies: 8 Mile, Braveheart, Desperado, Ghost in the Shell, Jumanji, Terminator 2, V for Vendetta.
  • 86 web short videos downloaded from YouTube

Due to copyright issues, we cannot deliver the movies, but only the corresponding annotations. We therefore provide the entire movie list, together with the links to the DVDs used for the annotation on the Amazon web site.

The 86 web videos, under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (, are included in the downloadable package.

Links referencing these movies to the Amazon web site:

Additional information for the YouTube videos:

This part of the test set contains 86 mp4 files downloaded from YouTube, and normalised to a frame rate of 25 using the libav utilities.

Each movie file (within the zip files) is named according to the YouTube video id, so for example 0egEFZq2Y28.mp4 has the id "0egEFZq2Y28". The original file can be accessed from the URL[ID]

substituting [ID] with the YouTube video id of the video. It is possible that some videos have disappeared from YouTube since downloaded by the organisers.

The metadata provided by YouTube is included in a single zip file ( There is one XML file for each video named according to the YouTube video id. From this you can extract e.g. the title, description, license (all are Creative Commons licences that allow redistribution), and original author.