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A motion picture rating system categorizes films with regard to suitability for audiences in terms of issues such as sex, violence, substance abuse, profanity, impudence or other types of mature content. A particular issued rating is called a certification.


This helps parents decide whether a movie is suitable for their children. Also, in some jurisdictions a rating may impose on movie theaters the legal obligation of refusing the entrance of children or minors to the movie. Furthermore, where movie theaters do not have this legal obligation, they may enforce restrictions on their own. Ratings are often given in lieu of censorship. A typical multiplex (AMC Promenade 16 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, United States). ... For other uses, see Censor. ...


There is often debate as to the usefulness, strictness and enforcement of such systems. People may like content with a high rating. This includes children who may like to see content considered unsuitable for them (forbidden fruit phenomenon). "Unrated", "uncut", "uncensored", etc. versions, released on DVD have become increasingly common. The term forbidden fruit is a metaphor that describes any object of desire whose appeal is a direct result of the knowledge that cannot or should not be obtained or something that someone may want but cannot have. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


In countries such as Australia, an official government body decides on ratings; in other countries, such as the United States, it is done by industry committees with no official government status. In most countries, however, films that are considered morally offensive have been censored, restricted, or banned. Even if the film rating system has no legal consequences, and a film has not explicitly been restricted or banned, there are usually laws forbidding certain films, or forbidding minors to view them.


The influence of specific factors in deciding a rating varies from country to country. For example, in countries such as the US, films with mild sexual content are often restricted to adult viewers, whereas in countries such as France and Germany, sexual content is viewed much more leniently. On the other hand, films with violent content are often subject in countries such as Germany and Finland to high ratings and even censorship, whereas countries such as the US offer more lenient ratings to violent movies.


A film may be produced with a particular rating in mind. It may be re-edited if the desired rating is not obtained, especially to avoid a higher rating than intended. A film may also be re-edited to produce an alternate version for other countries. A re-edited film is a film that has been edited from the original theatrical release. ...

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Argentina

The Institute of Film and Audiovisual Arts (Instituto de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales, INCAA) through the Advisory Commission of Cinematographic Exhibition (Comisión Asesora de Exhibición Cinematográfica) uses the following system: Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales is an Argentine government film production company in Buenos Aires. ...

  • ATP: Suitable for all ages, ATP stands for "Apta (para) Todo Público", meaning "for all public"
  • 13: Suitable for 13-year-olds and over
  • 16: Suitable for 16-year-olds and over
  • 18: Suitable for 18-year-olds and over
  • X: Sexually explicit

Australia

Australian Ratings
Australian Ratings

The Office of Film and Literature Classification is a government funded organization which classifies all films that are released for public exhibition. The Office of Film and Literature Classification is a statutory censorship and classification body which provides day to day administrative support for the Classification Board which classified films, video games and publications in Australia, and the Classification Review Board which reviews films, computer games and publications when a valid application... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 284 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (523 × 1103 pixel, file size: 83 KB, MIME type: image/png) OFLC Classifications, from G (lowest rating) to X (highest rating). ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 284 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (523 × 1103 pixel, file size: 83 KB, MIME type: image/png) OFLC Classifications, from G (lowest rating) to X (highest rating). ...


The classification board is comprised primarily of liberal members, therefore the OFLC has a strong influence on "Informing your Choices". Theatrical advertising is accompanied by a colour-coded symbol for each classification category. This is accompanied by consumer advice such as mild, moderate, strong or high level coarse language, nudity, sexual references, themes etc. Only the MA15+, R18+ and X18+ classifications are legally restricted.


The E rating is used in films which do not have a need to be classified, such as educational documentaries. However, documentaries or concerts that may exceed the guidelines of the PG classification must be submitted for classification.

  • E - Exempt from classification. Films that are exempt from classification must not contain contentious material (i.e. material that would ordinarily be rated M or higher).
  • G - General. The content is very mild in impact.
  • PG - Parental guidance recommended. The content is mild in impact.
  • M - Recommended for mature audiences. The content is moderate in impact.
  • MA15+ - Not suitable for persons under 15. Under 15s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The content is strong in impact.
  • R18+ - Restricted to adults 18 years and over. The content is high in impact.
  • X18+ - Restricted to adults 18 years and over. This rating applies to pornographic content (sold in the ACT and the NT only, but the content can be purchased interstate via mail order).
  • RC - Refused Classification. Banned from sale or hire in Australia.

Austria

Films are rated in Austria by a commission of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture. Each of the nine federal states can re-rate movies, or keep the original rating. Storage media, such as DVDs, are not rated in Austria. For this reason many films which are banned in Germany can be bought on DVD in Austria. The categories are: DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...

  • Freigegeben für alle Altersstufen“: no age restriction
  • Freigegeben ab 6 Jahren“: not recommended for children under 6 years
  • Freigegeben ab 10 Jahren“: not recommended for children under 10 years
  • Freigegeben ab 12 Jahren“: not recommended for children under 12 years
  • Freigegeben ab 14 Jahren“: not recommended for children under 14 years
  • Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren“: not recommended for children under 16 years

Belgium

  • KT/EA - Kinderen Toegelaten/Enfants Admis (Children Admitted) - Allowed for all
  • KNT/ENA - Kinderen Niet Toegelaten/Enfants Non Admis (Children Not Admitted) - Not allowed for children under 16

Brazil

Symbols used by the Ministry of Justice for the ratings
Symbols used by the Ministry of Justice for the ratings

Movies are rated in Brazil by the DJCTQ, or Department of Justice, Rating, Titles and Qualification (Departamento de Justiça, Classificação, Títulos e Qualificação in Portuguese). No "parental guidance" ratings are used. It's interesting to notice that this rating system is also used for television. Image File history File links Brazilian_film_and_TV_rating_system. ... Image File history File links Brazilian_film_and_TV_rating_system. ... The DJCTQ, or Department of Justice, Rating, Titles and Qualification (Departamento de Justiça, Classificação, Títulos e Qualificação in Portuguese) rates movies and games in Brazil. ...


The DJCTQ uses the following system:

  •  ER  Especialmente Recomendado para Crianças e Adolescentes (Especially Recommended for Children and Adolescents): This rating means that the film is especially advised for children and adolescents. Contains educational material, and doesn't have any inappropriate content.
  •  L  Livre para Todos os Públicos (General Audiences): This rating means that the film can be watched by anyone, and doesn't have any inappropriate content.
  •  10  Não Recomendando para Menores de 10 Anos (Not Recommended for Viewers Under 10 Years of Age): This film is recommended for persons with or over 10 years of age. May contain little inappropriate language, sex insinuations, or mild violence.
  •  12  Não Recomendado para Menores de 12 Anos (Not Recommended for Viewers Under 12 Years of Age): This film is recommended for persons with or over 12 years of age. May contain little inappropriate language, sex insinuations, or mild violence.
  •  14  Não Recomendado para Menores de 14 Anos (Not Recommended for Viewers Under 14 Years of Age): This film is recommended for persons with or over 14 years of age. May contain inappropriate language, sex insinuations and/or mild sex with no nudity or the act being explicit shown, violence, mention to drug use.
  •  16  Não Recomendado para Menores de 16 Anos (Not Recommended for Viewers Under 16 Years of Age): This film is recommended for persons with or over 16 years of age. May contain strong language, sex insinuations and/or mild sex with/without mild nudity, strong violence, drug use.
  •  18  Não Recomendado para Menores de 18 Anos (Not Recommended for Viewers Under 18 Years of Age): This film is forbidden for people under 18 years of age. It may contain strong language, intense sex, strong nudity, strong violence, intense drug use. It is also used to rate porn films.

Pornographic movies appeared shortly after the creation of the movie technology that made them possible. ...

Bulgaria

The Bulgarian film rating system is defined in the Film Industry Law (or Act) of 2003. The National Film Rating Committee examines every film that is going to be distributed in the country and gives it a rating. In practice, the ratings are rarely displayed on posters and in film advertisements, but almost all DVDs have them on the back cover.

Bulgarian film ratings
Rating Accompanying inscription When is it given
A Recommended to children "When the film is for children and has an educational nature."
B No age restrictions "When the film confirms the ideals of humanism, promotes national and world culture or by no means contradicts to the universally accepted moral norms in the country and there are no restrictive recommendations by the Committee."
C Not recommended to children under the age of 12. "When the film contains certain erotic scenes or scenes with drinking, taking drugs or stimulants or a few scenes of violence."
D No persons under the age of 16 are admitted. "When the film contains quite a number of erotic scenes or scenes with drinking, taking drugs or stimulants or a considerable number of scenes showing violence."
X No persons under the age of 18 are admitted. "When the film is naturally erotic."
No rating given "Films the contents of which is contrary to the universal rules of morality, that laud or exculpate atrocity, violence or taking drugs, that incite to racial, sexual, religious or national hatred, are not rated."

Note: unrated films can not be distributed, as no visa is given.

Before 2003 there was another rating system which was very similar to the current one (the same letter ratings were used, but the meaning of most letters was different; for example "B" stood for "not recommended for persons under the age of 12").


In practice, the rating "B" is given to most popular American films, even if they receive a more restrictive one in other countries.


In 2007, a few changes to the law were made, the effect of which will probably not be big for the rating system, though a film's rating could change. These changes are in effect from January 1, 2008. Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


Note: parts of the table above uses quotes from the English translation of the Bulgarian Film Industry Act published on the website of the Union of Bulgarian Film Makers.


Canada

Movie ratings in Canada are mostly a provincial responsibility, and each province will have its own legislation regarding exhibition and admission. Motion picture ratings in Canada are mostly a provincial responsibility, and each province has its own legislation regarding exhibition and admission. ...


Canadian ratings outside Quebec

General Canadian Ratings.
General Canadian Ratings.

In the past there were a wide range of rating categories and practices in the various provinces. However, the five rating systems outside Quebec now all use categories and logos derived from the Canadian Home Video Rating System. In general, the categories are: Image File history File links Canadianratings. ... Image File history File links Canadianratings. ... The Canadian Home Video Rating System (CHVRS) is a voluntary rating classification system applied to home video products such as VHS and DVDs. ...

  • G - General Audience - Suitable for all ages.
  • PG - Parental Guidance - Parental guidance advised. There is no age restriction but some material may not be suitable for all children.
  • 14A - 14 Accompaniment - Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a person over the age of 14.
  • 18A - 18 Accompaniment - Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. In the Maritimes, under 14s are prohibited from viewing the film.
  • R - Restricted - Admittance restricted to people 18 years of age or older.
  • A - Adult - Admittance restricted to people 18 years of age or older. Sole purpose of the film is the portrayal of sexually explicit activity and/or explicit violence.

The Maritimes or Maritime provinces are a region of Canada on the Atlantic coast, consisting of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. ...

Quebec system

Quebec Ratings.
Quebec Ratings.

In Quebec the Régie du Cinéma rates films and videos. Image File history File links Quebecratings. ... Image File history File links Quebecratings. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ...

  • G. (Visa général) -- May be viewed, rented or purchased by persons of all ages.
  • 13+. (13 ans+) -- May be viewed, rented or purchased by children 13 years of age or over. Children 12 years of age and under may be admitted to a public showing of the film but only if accompanied by an adult aged 16 or older.
  • 16+. (16 ans+) -- May be viewed, rented or purchased by children 16 years of age or over.
  • 18+. (18 ans+) -- May be viewed, rented or purchased by persons 18 years of age or over.

Chile

The Council of Cinematographic Classification (Consejo de Calificación Cinematográfica) uses the following system:

  • TE (Todo Espectador) - For all audiences
  • 14 - Inappropriate for children under 14
  • 18 - Suitable for people aged 18 and over. Children under 18 may be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 18.

Subcategories

  • 18/S - Suitable for people aged 18 and over with sexually explicit content. This indication signifies that the film essentially contains scenes of real and explicit sexual activity. Replaces the old X rating.
  • 18/V - Suitable for people aged 18 and over with extreme violence

People's Republic of China

The first film rating system of the People's Republic of China was expected to come out in 2005 as a part of the Motion Picture Industry Promotion Law (simplified Chinese: 电影促进法).[1] However, the National People's Congress has not passed such a law. Simplified Chinese character (Simplified Chinese: or ; traditional Chinese: or ; pinyin: or ) is one of two standard sets of Chinese characters of the contemporary Chinese written language. ... The Great Hall of the People, where the NPC convenes The National Peoples Congress (全国人民代表大会 in Pinyin: Quánguó Rénmín Dàibiǎo Dàhuì, literally Pan-Nation Congress of the Peoples Representatives), abbreviated PNCOTPR, is the highest legislative body in the Peoples Republic of China. ...


Colombia

As of June 22, 2005, the Ministry of Culture issued its new rating system. The classifications are: is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • T: for general audiences. The T means "Todos", meaning "all."
  • 7: for movies suitable for children aged 7 and above.
  • 12: for movies suitable for children aged 12 and above.
  • 15: for movies suitable for children aged 15 and above.
  • 18: for movies suitable for people aged 18 and above.
  • X: for pornography.
  • Banned: for movies "containing elements inciting to crime or making a concrete endorsement of it."

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Czech Republic

  • U - Suitable for all audiences
  • 12 - Suitable for children over 12
  • 15 - Suitable for children over 15
  • 18 - Suitable for viewers over 18

Denmark

The Media Council for Children and Young People uses the following classifications.

  • A Approval of the film for general admittance.
  • 7 Approval of the film for general admittance, but not recommended for children under the age of 7.
  • 11 Approval of the film for admittance of children from the age of 11.
  • 15 Approval of the film for admittance of children from the age of 15.

Children who have turned 7 are allowed admission to all films if accompanied by an adult (a person turned 18). Consequently it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that their children do not watch violent and hard-core pornographic films.


Films accessible to the public do not have to be classified by the Media Council but consequently must be labeled as 15 -Approval of the film for admittance of children from the age of 15 – no matter the content of the film.


Estonia

  • L - for everyone
  • Pere - for families (for everyone)
  • MS-6 - inadvisable for children aged under 6 years
  • MS-12 - inadvisable for children aged under 12 years
  • K-12 - restricted for children aged under 12 years
  • K-14 - restricted for children aged under 14 years
  • K-16 - restricted for children aged under 16 years

Finland

The Finnish Board of Film Classification has a film classification system under which films are classified into one of the following categories: Valtion elokuvatarkastamo (VET) is the Finnish Board of Film Classification. ...

  • S, K-3 - for everyone
  • K-7 - for children aged 7 years and above
  • K-11 - for children aged 11 years and above
  • K-13 - for children aged 13 years and above (since 1.1.2007[2]).
  • K-15 - for children aged 15 years and above (originally K-16)
  • K-18 - for people aged 18 years and above
  • KK - Banned due to criminal content such as child pornography or authentic violence as entertainment.

A person two years younger than the given rating is permitted to see a film in a movie theater when accompanied by an adult. This rule does not apply to the 18 rating.


Only material intended to be accessible to minors (those below 18 years of age) is subject to mandatory inspection. A proper notification is sufficient for adult material. However, the board has the right to inspect material suspected of violating laws or material which was not properly notified.


"KK" rating (kokonaan kielletty, totally banned) is the rating for films banned in Finland.


France

Prior to showing in theaters, a license (visa d'exploitation) must be obtained from the Ministry of Culture. Upon the advice of the commission pertaining to cinema movies, the minister decides either not to grant the license (a very rare occurrence), or to grant a license among the 4 following: The Minister of Culture and Communications is, in the Government of France, the cabinet member in charge of national museums and monuments; promoting and protecting the arts (visual, plastic, theatrical, musical, dance, architectural, literary, televisual and cinematographic) in France and abroad; and managing the national archives and regional maisons de...

  • U (Tous publics) valid for all audiences;
  • -12 (Interdit aux moins de 12 ans) unsuitable for children under 12 or forbidden in cinemas for under 12s;
  • -16 (Interdit aux moins de 16 ans) unsuitable for children under 16 or forbidden in cinemas for under 16s;
  • -18 (Interdit aux mineurs) unsuitable for children under 18 or forbidden in cinemas for under 18s.

Each rating can be accompanied by a special "warning". In practice, the ministry always follows the decision of the commission.


In addition, the movie may be considered "pornographic or inciting to violence" (colloquially referred to as "X-rated"). In this case, it bears high taxation and may be showed only in specific theatres, which are now few in France. This classification is not used for merely violent movies, or movies containing mere erotic scenes. X-rated, X certificate, X classification or similar terms are labels for movies implying strong adult content, typically pornography or violence. ...


Classifications, as all administrative decisions, may be appealed before the courts (Conseil d'État at litigation). In France, the Conseil dÉtat (English: Council of State and sometimes Counsel of State) is an organ of the French national government. ...


Related link: [3] (in French)


Germany

The Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft (Voluntary Self-Regulation of the Film Industry, FSK) has a film classification system under which films are classified into one of the following categories: The Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft (FSK, Voluntary Self Regulation of the Movie Industry) is a German motion picture rating system organisation run by the Spitzenorganisation der Filmwirtschaft (SPIO, Head Organisation of the Movie Industry) seated in Wiesbaden. ...

  • Ohne Altersbeschränkung (FSK 0): no age restriction
  • Freigegeben ab 6 Jahren (FSK 6): no children under 6 years admitted
  • Freigegeben ab 12 Jahren (FSK 12): children 12 or older admitted, children between 6 and 11 only when accompanied by parent or legal guardian
  • Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren (FSK 16): children 16 or older admitted
  • Keine Jugendfreigabe (FSK 18): "no youth admitted", only adults. May also be referred to as FSK 18. This rating was previously called "Nicht freigegeben unter 18 Jahren."
  • Infoprogramm or Lehrprogramm: "educational program". This rating is not issued by the FSK, but may be self-applied to films seeking to educate their audience (e.g. documentaries, instructional films, etc.), provided they do not contain any material "evidently harmful to the development of children and youths".[2]. Films with this rating may be sold without any age restriction.

All the above ratings also contain the phrase "gemäß §14 JuSchG" (in accordance with §14 of the Youth Protection Law), signifying that they are legally binding, rather than being mere recommendations.

  • SPIO/JK: This certificate, issued by the Spitzenorganisation der Filmwirtschaft (Head Organisation of the Film Industry, SPIO), attests that, in the eyes of the SPIO, a particular film does not violate German law, such as the ban on "glorification of violence." However, films with such a certificate may still be banned and are frequently put on the "Index." The certificate simply protects the producer/seller of a film that later gets banned from prosecution, as he or she can claim that they had reason to believe the film did not, in fact, violate any laws. Since films with this certificate are not rated by the FSK, they may be sold only to persons aged 18 or older.

Furthermore, while a rating by the FSK is not legally required for a film to be sold, "unrated" films may be sold only to adults, and since most retail chains and virtually all cinemas will sell/show only films with an FSK rating, all films are normally submitted to the FSK for classification, with the exception of films that will most likely be refused a certificate (pornography or films containing extremely strong violence, for example). This article has been translated, and needs attention from someone approaching dual fluency. ...


After a title has received a rating for a cinematic release, the FSK must approve this rating again for a home entertainment release. Some titles therefore have different FSK certificates for the cinematic release and for the DVD release.


After 10 years, films may be resubmitted to the FSK for re-rating. Older films which have gained a FSK 18 certificate during the '50s or '60s often gain a much lower certificate now, due to a more liberal approach the FSK now takes in issuing ratings. However, due to the cost involved in resubmitting a film, it is common practice to keep the old certificate for the cinematic release and only submit bonus materials or extended scenes for classification. This leads to the seemingly paradoxical result of extended, and more violent versions of previously-rated films gaining a lower certificate than the "tamer" version.


Further to the above restrictions, it is also illegal to supply a film with an FSK 18, Keine Jugendfreigabe or SPIO/JK certificate, including those not on the index, without definitive means to supply proof of age. This severely limits distribution of films with these certificates, and thus it is extremely common for distributors to supply a cut version with a lower certificate so that the film can be distributed by mail order or Internet.


Almost all major online distributors have declined to distribute FSK 18 or Keine Jugendfreigabe films due to the legal difficulties in the past. Shopping Centres, Malls and Amazon Germany have started selling films with this certificate since 2002. Amazon Germany started selling films with this certification in November 2006. Many smaller online retailers provide an FSK 18 section which may be accessed only by sending a scanned copy of the buyer's identification card or providing the ID card's number (which includes the date of birth encrypted). The legality of this practice, however, is as yet untested. In September 2006, Amazon.de became the first major retailer to provide FSK 18 rated films, by making use of an ID checking service offered by the German postal service. Deutsche Post Tower in Bonn Deutsche Post AG (ISIN: DE0005552004, LSE: DPO) is a German post, logistics and courier headquartered in Bonn, previously the German state-owned mail monopolist. ...


Greece

  • K - Suitable film for everyone, including children. The film does not contain violence, drugs or pornography.
  • K-13 - Suitable film for children over the age of 13. The film may contain a little violence and dramatic situations.
  • K-17 - Suitable film for children over the age of 17. The film may contain violence, drugs and a little porn. An ID card certifying the age is required in all Greek cinemas and DVD rental shops in order to get a cinema ticket or rent a DVD of a "K-17" rated film.

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Hong Kong

An official government agency issues ratings for any movie that will be shown in Hong Kong movie theatres, instead of a private institution. They are: This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

  • I — suitable for all ages
  • IIA — some content is unsuitable for children; parental guidance suggested
  • IIB — some content is unsuitable for children and young persons; parental guidance suggested
  • III — for persons aged 18 and above only

Hungary

  • 12 - parental guidance suggested for children under 12.
  • 16 - not suitable for children under 16.
  • 18 - not suitable for people under 18.

Iceland

Kvikmyndaskoðun video movie rating labels
SmáÍs movie rating labele
SmáÍs movie rating labele

Kvikmyndaeftirlit Ríkisins was started in 1932 and ran until 1997. That year the name changed into Kvikmyndaskoðun and ran until 2006. Since 1997 the board does not edit movies. The old rating system from Kvikmyndaeftirlit Ríkisins and Kvikmyndaskoðun is still valid and is as follows: Image File history File links Size of this preview: 200 × 204 pixelsFull resolution (200 × 204 pixel, file size: 11 KB, MIME type: image/png) Icelandic movie rating labels This image presents the same information as Animation. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 200 × 204 pixelsFull resolution (200 × 204 pixel, file size: 11 KB, MIME type: image/png) Icelandic movie rating labels This image presents the same information as Animation. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (423x1457, 97 KB) http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (423x1457, 97 KB) http://www. ...

  • L: Suitable for all
  • LH: Not suitable for very young viewers (video only)
  • 10: Passed only for children 10 and over (theatrical only)
  • 12: Passed only for children 12 and over
  • 14: Passed only for children 14 and over (theatrical only)
  • 16: Passed only for children 16 and over
  • AB: Banned (1932 - 1997)

From July 1, 2006 Kvikmyndaskoðun was shut down and Smáís has taken over the responsibility of rating systems in Iceland. Simultaneously, a new rating system started and is as following: is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • L: Suitable for all
  • 7: Passed only for children 7 and over
  • 12: Passed only for children 12 and over
  • 14: Passed only for persons 14 and over
  • 16: Passed only for children 16 and over
  • 18: Passed only for persons 18 and over

Just like Kvikmyndaskoðun, Smáís doesn't ban movies or edit them.


India

Main article: Indian film censor ratings

In India, the Indian Film Censor Board classifies films into four categories: In India, the Indian Film Censor Board classifies films into three categories: U — Universal: Suitable for all ages U/A — Universal with adult/parent guidance. ... The Indian Film Censor Board is currently headed by Sharmila Tagore. ...

  • U — Universal: Suitable for all ages
  • U/A — Universal with adult/parent guidance. Some material may be unsuitable for children under 12.
  • A — Adult: Can be viewed only by those above 18
  • S — Special: A very rare designation for special cases

Indonesia

Motion pictures shown in Indonesia must undergo reviewing by the Indonesian Film Censor Board (Lembaga Sensor Film). Other than issuing certificates, the LSF also reviews and issues permits for film-related advertising, such as movie trailers and posters. LSF has the authority to cut scenes from films. Certificates are issued based on the following categories:

  • SU - 'Semua Umur' - All/General
  • A - 'Anak-anak' - Children
  • BO - 'Bimbingan Orangtua' - Parental Guidance
  • R - 'Remaja' - Teen
  • D - 'Dewasa' - Mature

Ireland

The Irish Film Censor's Office (IFCO) under which theatrical films are placed into one of the following categories: 1965 envelope sent to local office of 20th Century Fox with certifying cachet of IFCO The Irish Film Censors Office (IFCO) is the name given to the censor of films in Ireland. ...

  • G - 'General' - Suitable for viewing by anyone.
  • PG - 'Parental Guidance' - Parental guidance is recommended for children under the age of 12.
  • 12A - 'Parent supervision required for children under 12' - A person over 18 years of age must accompany a child under the age of 12 when seeing a film theatrically. This is very similar to the 12A certificate that the BBFC introduced in August 2002.
  • 15A - 'Parent supervision required for children under 15' - A much stronger warning that, although the film may be unsuitable for a child under the age of 15 watching alone, a child with an adult may be admitted to the film's screening.
  • 16 - Films classified in this category are considered to be suitable for persons of sixteen or over. Children under this age cannot be admitted to screenings. Violent content, crude and sexual content, and depiction of violence may be stronger than in films designated 15A. This certificate was made after a 15A rating was given to Bad Santa.
  • 18 - 'Adults only' - The film is suitable only for adults. A person under this age will not be admitted. 9 Songs in October 2004 became the first film featuring explicit sex scenes to receive a certificate.

Films without certification are not ipso facto banned and have been shown at film festivals and arthouse clubs such as the Irish Film Institute. Bad Santa is a 2003 film directed by Terry Zwigoff, produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring Billy Bob Thornton as the title character and Tony Cox as his partner-in-crime. ... 9 Songs is a 2004 British film, directed by Michael Winterbottom. ... Look up Ipso facto in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A film festival is the presentation or showcasing of films in one or more movie theaters or screening venues. ... Andrei Tarkovskys The Mirror Le Fantôme de la liberté, one of the last films by Luis Bunuel (1974), which depicts seemingly random events, disrupting the conventions of storytelling in film. ... The Irish Film Institute is a national body dedicated to supporting Irish film heritage. ...


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Italy

  • T: All ages admitted, but in some cases parent supervision is strongly suggested. Some movies with strong violence and/or sexual content (including nudity and depiction of sex, though not explicit) come with this rating too.
  • VM14: Nobody under the age of 14 allowed. The movie is likely to contain either strong sexual content or very strong violence.
  • VM16: defunct. Nobody under the age of 16 allowed.
  • VM18: Nobody under the age of 18 allowed. Pornographic/explicit depiction of sex and/or extreme violence and gore.

Japan

Eirin has a film classification system under which films are classified into one of the following categories: Eirin ) is the abbreviated name for Eiga Rinri Kanri Iinkai ), Japans movie regulator. ...

  • G: General Audiences, all ages admitted.
  • PG-12: Some material may be inappropriate for children under the age of 12. Parental or adult accompaniment recommended.
  • R-15: No children under 15 admitted. The film contains adult themes, nudity, strong language, violence, and/or sex, etc. which is inappropriate for people under 15.
  • R-18: No children under 18 admitted. The film contains adult themes, detailed violence, explicit sex, sexual violence, pornographic content, hentai, and/or drug use, etc. which are unsuitable for people under 18.

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Latvia

In Latvia, the film presenters added classification is the same as the one applied by the producers of the film. However, this could change from 2008, because in July 2007 the government of Latvia made a law that indicates a more strict classification policy. The classifications are approved by the National Cinema Center(Latvian: Nacionālais Kino Centrs). There is a new 'refreshed' rating system from July 2007. (The following classifications will operate as of September 2007)

  • V: rated for all ages (added in July 2007).
  • VP-10: parent accompaniment needed for children under 10. Films that have sarcasm and scenes of insultment.
  • VP-12: parent accompaniment needed for children under 12. Films, that have a small amount of foul language, fighting scenes and violence.
  • N-12: Not recommended until 12.
  • N-14: Not recommended until 14. Contains politics, problems of society, average horror, small amount of foul language and violence.
  • N-16: Not recommended until 16. Contains a variety of scenes with foul language, violence, fights, horror, mystics and explicit content.
  • N-18: Not recommended until 18. The film contains adult themes, detailed violence, explicit sex, sexual violence, pornographic content, hentai, and/or drug use, etc. which are unsuitable for people under 18.

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  • A-(age): Strictly forbidden for children younger than the indicated age. Used very rarely.

Malaysia

See also: Censorship in Malaysia

All films in Malaysia are scrutinised and then categorised by the Film Censorship Board[4] before being distributed and screened to the public. The board was established under the Film Censorship Act 1952 and was later replaced by theFilm Censorship Act 2002. In accordance to this act, the Film Censorship Board is appointed by the Minister of Home Affairs. A panel is then appointed by the chairman of the board to view each film. Censorship in Malaysia is a growing concern for this south-east Asian Country as it attempts to adapt to a modern knowledge-based economy[1]. The press is tightly restricted and the level of public debate is considered low. ... The Film Censorship Board of Malaysia is an agency of the Malaysian government that vets films. ...


The decisions made by the board on any film are categorised as follows:

  • Approved without alteration
  • Approved with alteration
  • Not approved

Approved films are classified as follows:

  • U (Umum) - For general audiences of all ages. Film does not contain elements of violence, horror and sex that are not excessive or that include religious, social or political aspects.
  • 18SG - For audiences aged 18 or over only. Film contains elements of violence and horror that are not excessive.
  • 18SX - For audiences aged 18 or over only. Film contains elements of sex that are not excessive.
  • 18PA - For audiences aged 18 or over only. Film contains elements which include religious, social or political aspects.
  • 18PL - For audiences aged 18 or over only. Film contains a combination of two or more elements of violence, horror and sex that are not excessive or that include religious, social or political aspects.

Maldives

With the formation of National Bureau of Classification on December 29, 2005, a new classification regulation and a new rating system for movies were introduced. A classification certificate must be obtained first, before a movie or a movie-related production is released for commercial use including its trailers. NBC has the authority to cut scenes from movies. Classification certificates issued are based on the following categories: is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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  • G - General viewing. No material that may evoke fear or concern, no violence, no sexual acts, no language, no drug abuse, no nudity.
  • PG - Parental Guidance. No material that may evoke fear or concern, no violence, no sexual acts, no language, no drug abuse, no nudity. However, viewing films of this category requires parental guidance.
  • 12+ - For viewers aged 12 and above. Slightly violent scenes, no sexual acts, infrequent harsh language, drug abuse in productions that target this age group.
  • 15+ - For viewers aged 15 and above. Moderate violence, no sexual acts, some harsh language, drug abuse.
  • 18+ - For viewers aged 18 and above. High violence, sexual scenes, harsh language, strong drug abuse, veiled nudity.
  • 18+R - 18+ and Restricted. High violence, sexual scenes, harsh language, strong drug abuse, veiled nudity. Contents of this category may be inappropriate for some individuals.
  • PU - Released for PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY and is not classified for commercial use. Under this Category Violence, sexual scenes, harsh language and offensive words, nudity may be released for educational, artistic, and intellectual purposes.

Graphic sex scenes are not permitted.


Malta

In Malta, the KRS issues all ratings for motion pictures. The renting and selling of videos and DVDs is unrestricted. KRS Film Distributors is a Maltese film distributor company formed in 1946 under the name of Malta United Film Corporation. ...

  • U (Universal) Suitable for all.
  • PG (Parental Guidance) Some material may not be suitable for young children.
  • 12 Suitable for children 12 years and over.
  • 16 Suitable for children 16 years and over.
  • 18 Suitable only for adults.

Mexico

The General Directorate of Radio, Television and Cinematography (in Spanish, Dirección General de Radio, Televisión y Cinematografía, or RTC[5]) is the issuer of ratings for television programs (although only one channel in Mexico explicitly shows the classification on each program, XEIMT-TV in Mexico City) and motion pictures. The RTC is a dependency of the Department of State (Secretaría de Gobernación). It has its own classification system, as follows: XEIMT-TV channel 22, also known as Canal 22, is an culture television station owned and operated by Televisión Metropolitana S.A. de C.V. for the National Council for Culture and the Arts (Conaculta) in Mexico City. ... Mexico City (Spanish: Ciudad de México) is the federal capital of and largest city in Mexico. ...

  • AA Informative-only rating: Specially suited for the interests of children under 7. No (or minimum) violence, no drug nor sexual content (may include affective and friendly scenes) under this rating. (e.g., cartoons).
  • A Informative-only rating: General Audience. Suited for all audience, but not in the special interest of children under 7. Minimum or no violence, sexual or drug use content. Suited for children under 12.
  • B Informative-only rating: For children 12 or over. Parental guidance suggested. Minimum and specifically motivated non extreme violence, may contain suggestive sexual conducts, but non-explicit content. Nudity might be present, but not in an erotic or degrading way. Drug use is present, but not during consumption. And drugs are treated with negative consequences. Dirty language might be present, but not extreme verbal violence.
  • B-15 Informative-only rating: For children 15 or over. More explicit content than B rating, but no extreme violence, explicit sexual and drug conducts, and non extreme verbal violence. Drug use must is not be propitiated.
  • C Restrictive rating: For adults over 18. High degree of violence (including cruelty), explicit sex, drug use and addictive content. Language is needed for the narrative purposes.
  • D Restrictive rating: Adult-only movies. Commonly known as X-rated. Most or unique content is: explicit sex, profanity or high degree of violence.

The Netherlands

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Unrestricted:

  • AL Suitable for all ages (in Dutch: Alle Leeftijden).
  • 6 Not recommended for children younger than 6 years. Replaced the older MG6, where parental guidance was recommended for viewers younger than 6 years.
  • 9 Not recommended for children younger than 9 years. Currently a non-standard rating, expected to become a standard rating in the course of 2008. First used for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban because of very frightening elements. Also used for De Scheepsjongens van Bontekoe.
  • 12 Not recommended for children younger than 12 years; broadcasting is not allowed before 20:00.

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  • 16 Not suitable for children younger than 16 years; hence, according to Wetboek van Strafrecht art. 240A, it is forbidden to admit such a person to a screening, or rent out, sell, or give the movie (DVD, video, computer file, etc.) to such a person; broadcasting is not allowed before 22:00.

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New Zealand

New Zealand Ratings
New Zealand Ratings

The Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 Act gives the Office of Film and Literature Classification (New Zealand) the power to classify publications into three categories: unrestricted, restricted, and "objectionable" or banned. Unrestricted films are assigned a green or yellow rating label. Restricted films are assigned a red classification label. The common labels in each category are as follows: The Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC, Māori: ) is the government agency in New Zealand that is responsible for classification of all films, videos, publications, and some video games in New Zealand. ...


Unrestricted films:

  • E Exempt from classification (Normally only given to documentaries)
  • G Suitable for all.
  • PG Parental guidance recommended for young children.
  • M13 Suitable for children 13 or over, although young children can go and see it. This rating is not used anymore, although some older films still have that rating.
  • M Mature; Suitable for children 16 years or older, although children younger can view it.

Restricted films:

  • R13 Restricted to children 13 or over.
  • R15 Restricted to children 15 or over.
  • R16 Restricted to children 16 or over. Different to the M.
  • R18 Restricted to 18 or Over.
  • RP16 Restricted to children 16 or over unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • R Restricted to people 16 years or over. The only exception is where the underage patron has parental consent to view the movie.

Apart from the R rating, patron movies are not allowed to view restricted movies - even with parental consent. However, many parents let their children see these movies in private homes anyway.


All films, videos, DVDs, and computer games with restricted content, must carry a label before being offered for supply or exhibited to the public.


Some films like Irréversible are banned on video but not banned for cinema or film festivals. Irréversible (2002, France) is a film written, directed, edited, and photographed by Gaspar Noé. It is considered to be one of the most disturbing and controversial films of 2002, due to its explicit on-camera depiction of rape and murder. ...


The Office of Film and Literature Classification's homepage: http://www.censorship.govt.nz/


Nigeria

The National Film and Video Censors Board classifies films, videos, DVDs, and VCDs. The categories are:

  • G General admittance.
  • PG Parental Guidance suggested.
  • 12 Suitable for children aged 12 years and over.
  • 12A Same as 12, but younger children can be admitted if accompanied.
  • 15 Suitable for children aged 15 years and over.
  • 18 Suitable for people aged 18 years and over.
  • RE Restricted Exhibition: can be shown only subject to certain restrictions.

Norway

In Norway all movies have to be registered by the Norwegian Media Authority (Medietilsynet, formerly Filmtilsynet), a government agency, to be exhibited commercially. Though if distributors wish, they can just register the movie with the agency without any need for approval, but the distributor is then obligated not to admit anyone under the age of 18. The distributor is also responsible that the movie does not violate Norwegian law (only applies to movies with "degrading hardcore sexual content"). Medietilsynet, or the Norwegian Media Authority, is a Norwegian administrative agency under the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs charged with various tasks relating to broadcasting, newspapers and films. ...


Movies are rated using the following classifications:

  • A (all ages)
  • 7
  • 11
  • 15
  • 18

Films rated 7, 11 or 15 may also be seen by children accompanied by a parent or adult guardian if the child has turned 4, 8 or 11 years, respectively. In addition to the ratings, the board indicates if a movie is suitable for children, families, youths or adults. A film may be given a rating even though it is intended for an older age group, e.g. an "A" film might be intended for adults if it does not contain material unsuitable for young children.


The board also indicates if a rating is "hard". A "hard" 11/15 rating is usually indicated by the text "not advised for children/youths under 11/15" ("frarådes barn/ungdom under 11/15 år"), however this does not affect if children under the given age are allowed to see the film if accompanied. In 2000 a Board of Appeal was established. Prior to this the ratings board could choose to reclassify a film.


Movie ratings database: http://www.filmtilsynet.no/Filmdatabase List of Norwegian ratings: http://film.medietilsynet.no/Film/Om_aldersgrenser


Peru

  • PT General Ages. All ages admitted.
  • PG Parental Guidance is needed.
  • 14 Violence and language. No Children under 14 admitted without an adult.
  • 18 Extreme graphic violence, strong language, or drug abuse, or pornography films. No Children under 18 allowed without the company of an adult.

Philippines

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There are five ratings currently in use:

  • G(P) - General patronage
  • PG-13 - Parental guidance for children under 13
  • R (deprecated) - Strictly for persons over 17 (until early 2000s when the rating was split into two brackets)
    • R-13 - Strictly for children over 13
    • R-18 - Strictly for persons over 18
  • X - Not for public viewing

Poland

Polish television rating certificates.
Polish television rating certificates.

Ratings in Poland are not set by any board or advisory body, but it rather depends on distribution company, cinema or television station. In case of television, the supervisory body - Krajowa Rada Radiofonii i Telewizji (KRRiT, The National Council of Radio Broadcasting and Television) can impose fines upon those responsible for improper rating of a broadcast, or lack of it. Image File history File links Polish_tv_rating_system. ... Image File history File links Polish_tv_rating_system. ... Krajowa Rada Radiofonii i Telewizji (KRRiT, The National Council of Radio Broadcasting and Television) is a Polish office that issues radio and television broadcast licences, ensures compliance with the law by public broadcasters, and indirectly controls state media. ...

  • Rating for movies shown in cinemas:
    • BO (Bez ograniczeń) - Suitable for everyone
    • 6 - Suitable for children 6 years and over (this rating is not considered 'official', and it's used by some cinemas. Other variations include '7', '8', '9' or '10')
    • 12 - Suitable for children 12 years and over
    • 15 - Suitable for children 15 years and over
    • 18 - Only for adults
    • 21 - Only for adults, contains graphic and "unnecessary" violence; only a few movies have been rated 21 (namely Irréversible, Le Dobermann and Baise-Moi)
  • Ratings for programmes and movies shown on television:
    • Green circle - for everyone
    • Yellow triangle - age intimate in triangle (7,12,16)
    • Red circle - for adults (18 years)

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Portugal

Movies are rated in Portugal by the Comissão de Classificação de Espectáculos of the Ministry of Culture. This organization also rates theater, video games, other types of shows like circus, music concerts, opera and dance shows. It is also responsible for the rating of video releases. For other uses, see Video (disambiguation). ...


Movies are rated using the following classifications:

  • M/4 For children of age 4 and above. Content with this rating should be of short duration and easy to understand and it should not provoke fear and/or collide with the sense of fantasy of this age.
  • M/6 For children of age 6 and above.
  • M/12 For children of age 12 and above. This rating is for content that due to its length and complexity, can provoke in younger viewers fatigue and psychiatric trauma. Younger viewers must be accompanied by an adult.
  • M/16 For children of age 16 and above. This rating is for content that explores, in excessive terms, aspects of sexuality, physical and psychic violence. Younger viewers must be accompanied by an adult.
  • M/18 For persons of age 18 and above. This rating is for content of explicit sexual nature and/or that explores pathological forms of physical and psychic violence. Younger viewers must be accompanied by an adult, although if they are too young, the person responsible for admission into movie theaters can deny entrance.

Special classifications

These classifications can be added to the previous ones:

  • Pornographic (M/18-P) Generic characteristics: content is considered pornographic if it contains: a) exploitation of situations to try to arouse the spectator; b) low aesthetic quality. Specific characteristics: the first level (hardcore: content that presents a very thorough demonstration of real sexual acts being perpetrated, with the exhibition of genitalia); the second level (softcore: content that presents a very insistent and thorough demonstration of simulated sexual acts).
  • Quality (M/4-Q, M/6-Q, M/12-Q, M/16-Q, M/18-Q) Content that, due to its artistic, thematic, educational and technical aspects deserve this attribute.

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Romania

Romanian CNC rating system.

  • A.G. Audienţă generală. (General audience.)
  • I.C.-14 Interzis copiilor sub 14 ani. (Not for children under 14 years of age.)
  • I.M.-18 Interzis minorilor sub 18 ani. (Not for children under 18 years of age.)
  • XXX Interzis proiecţiei cu public. (Not for the public to see) Pornography only.

Singapore

See also: Censorship in Singapore and Cinema of Singapore
Singapore movie rating certificates
Singapore movie rating certificates

The Media Development Authority revised the film ratings in Singapore on March 29, 2004: Censorship in Singapore mainly targets sexual, political, racial and religious issues, as defined by an ever-shifting panoply of out-of-bounds markers. ... Despite having a flourishing Chinese and Malay film industry in the 1950s and 1960s, Singapores film industry declined after independence in 1965[1], with the government being more concerned with the bread-and-butter issues of economic nation-building. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Media Development Authority (Abbreviation: MDA) is a statutory board of the Singapore Government, under the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA). ... is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • G General
  • PG Parental Guidance
  • NC16 No children under 16 admitted - For persons 16 years and above ONLY (Note: The NC-16 rating was issued with the release of Saving Private Ryan, which couldn't be passed as a PG film due to the violence present in the film, but lacked an adult theme to be rated R(A))
  • M18 Mature 18, for persons 18 years and above
  • R18 Restricted 18, for persons 18 years and above (Note: only for cabaret shows to date such as the Crazy Horse)
  • R21 Restricted 21, for persons 21 years and above

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NC16, M18 and R21 groups are restricted to only persons of the specified age or above of the particular group. No persons under the specified age would be admitted as identity cards have to be checked before the person is allowed to enter the cinema.


Note: If a movie is rated R21, it is banned from DVD or VCD sales.


South Africa

South African ratings are issued, certified and regulated by the Film and Publication Board. All broadcasters, cinemas and distributors of DVD/video and computer games must comply with the following:


Ratings

  • A - This is a program that does not contain any obscenity, and is suitable for family viewing.
  • PG - Children under the age of 12 may watch this film, but must be accompanied by an adult. This program contains an adult related theme, which might include very mild language, violence and sexual innuendo.
  • 10 - This rating is rarely used - but there have been instances where the Board needed a gap rating between PG and 13.
  • 13 - Children under the age of 13 are prohibited from watching this film. This program contains mild language, violence and sexual innuendo.
  • 16 - Children under the age of 16 are prohibited from watching this film. It contains moderate violence, language, and some sexual situations.
  • R18 - Children under the age of 18 are prohibited from watching this film. It contains extreme violence, language and/or graphic sexual content. The R18 rating does not refer to pornography, as this is banned on television and cinema by the Film and Publication Board.
  • X18 - this is reserved for films of an extreme sexual nature (pornography). X18 films may be distributed only in the form of video/DVD and in a controlled environment (eg. Adult Shops). No public viewing of this film may take place. X18 films may not be broadcast on television or in cinemas. The X18 rating does not refer to child or animal pornography, as this is illegal in South Africa.

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Additional Symbols

  • V (Violence)
  • N (Nudity)
  • S (Sex)
  • L (Language)
  • P (Prejudice)

Additional Notes

  • Films rated 16 and 18 may be showed only in cinemas between 21:00 - 23:59, or 0:00.
  • If a member of the public or a Film and Publication Board Official finds that a Cinema or a Film Distributor is allowing under-aged children to view prohibited material, the accused may be liable for a hefty fine and/or closure of that specific establishment.
  • Proof of age is required of anybody who wants to buy/rent R18 material.
  • The Film and Publication Board has the discretion and right to ban any film it deems unworthy of public exhibition.

South Korea

  • All - Suitable for all audiences
  • 12 - Suitable for children 12 and over (Parental supervision recommended)
  • 15 - Suitable for children 15 and over
  • 18 - Suitable for people 18 and over
  • Limited - No one admitted under 19 years of age (including high school students); exhibition restricted to 'Limited Theaters' only. Advertisements on TV and in newspapers, plus video, VCD or DVD releases and broadcasts are prohibited. This classification was introduced in 2002.

Spain

Attitudes toward film censorship in Spain are unusual due to the adverse affect of dictatorship and heavy censorship until 1975 under General Francisco Franco. Therefore, most Spanish citizens are against censorship of any kind and prefer personal responsibility and liberalism, thus very few people show serious respect for certification of films. For example, cinemas in Spain never ask for identification. Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teódulo Franco y Bahamonde (December 4, 1892 - November 20, 1975), commonly known as Francisco Franco (pronounced ) or Francisco Franco y Bahamonde was leader of Spain from October 1936, as regent of Kingdom of Spain from 1947 until his death in 1975. ...

  • All - Suitable for all audiences
  • Especialmente Recomendada para la Infancia - Especially suitable for infancy
  • 7 - Suitable for audiences 7 and over
  • 13 - Suitable for audiences 13 and over
  • 18 - Suitable for audiences 18 and over
  • Película X - Pornographic movie[3]

Sweden

Statens biografbyrå (SBB) (the Swedish National Board of Film Censors) reviews the content of all films or pre-recorded video recordings (videograms) prior to showing at a public gathering or entertainment (subject to some exceptions), in accordance with law SFS 1990:886. This means that films not intended for public viewing do not have to be screened; however, this is the practice: when a film is let through, is rated and not prohibited, it can not be considered to violate any laws regarding its content. It is a criminal offense to hire or sell videos containing unlawful depictions of violence, thus meaning that the distributor could be held responsible for the content of a film if unrated or prohibited. It is illegal also to rent or sell videos depicting realistic violence to children below the age of 14. A motion picture rating system categorizes films with regard to suitability for children and/or adults in terms of issues such as sex, violence and profanity. ... The Swedish Code of Statutes or Svensk författningssamling (SFS) is the official publication of all new Swedish laws enacted by the Riksdag and ordinances issued by the Government. ...


The censors, scientific professionals in the feeld of behavioural sciences, are contracted for a term of two years (so that they do not become habitated) and rate films so that they are not harmful in any psychological or behavioral sense for a certain age group - and not if the film is suitable for the age group. Sexual activity, nudity, and strong language are generally seen far more liberally than violence, in accordance with the rating policies. Combined, this can have the effect that some PG or PG-13 rated films in USA are being rated "15 years" in Sweden for violence, while some films getting an R in USA for containing profanity or depictions of sexuality are rated at 7 or 11 years, or even for all audiences. Behavioural sciences (or Behavioral science) is a term that encompasses all the disciplines that explore the activities of and interactions among organisms in the natural world. ...


The following categories are used by the SBB:

  • Btl Barntillåten (Children allowed) Suitable for all ages.
  • 7 years 7 År is deemed non-harming for children of at least 7 years of age. Younger children are not admitted unless accompanied by an adult 18 or older, may include drug use.
  • 11 years 11 År is deemed non-harming for children of at least 11 years of age. Children of at least 7 years of age are admitted if accompanied by an adult 18 or older, may include mild drug use, mild depiction of sexual activity.
  • 15 years 15 År states that no one under 15 years of age is admitted, may include strong drug use, depiction of strong sexual activity. This also includes pornography; however, it is not shown at ordinary cinemas. There are common unofficial ratings used by television channels, rental shops and adult cinemas to hinder persons below the age of 18 years to be exposed to pornography, such as Barnförbjuden ("prohibited for minors"), 18 År ("18 years") and Vuxenfilm ("movies for adults").
  • Prohibited Förbjuden If considered to be brutalising, films can be banned from public display, these films include scenes of prolonged or intrusive graphic violence, or sexual violence and constraint. There is a possible gap between what the boards puts its prohibited stamp on and what's considered illegal due to its content, making some prohibited films possible to obtain for private use or to be seen by members of closed societies at cinemas.

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Switzerland

  • 0 - Universal. Suitable for all
  • 7 - No one under the age of 7 admitted
  • 10 - No one under the age of 10 admitted
  • 12 - No one under the age of 12 admitted
  • 14 - No one under the age of 14 admitted
  • 16 - No one under the age of 16 admitted
  • 18 - No one under the age of 18 admitted

Switzerland is composed of 26 cantons, each with their own ratings. The entries above are for the cantons of Vaud and Geneva.


Taiwan

The Government Information OfficeinTaiwan divides licensed films into one of the following four categories pursuant to its issued Regulations Governing the Classification of Motion Pictures of the Republic of China (電影片分級處理辦法 in traditional Chinese):

  • General audiences category (普遍級(普)) - General audiences may all view.
  • Protected category (保護級(護)) - Children under 6 years old must not view. Children aged at least 6 but less than 12 require guidance of accompanying parents, teachers, or adult relatives to view.
  • Parental guidance category (輔導級(輔)) - Children under 12 years old must not view. People aged at least 12 but less than 18 require attentive guidance of parents or teachers to view.
  • Restricted category (限制級(限)) - People under 18 years old must not view.

Film advertisements use a single Chinese character surrounded by a square to show the film's category.


Related and official link: Classifications of movies (in traditional Chinese)


Thailand

See also: Censorship in Thailand and Cinema of Thailand

As of 2007, Thailand had no ratings system. Instead, films are subject to the 1930 Film Act, under which films must viewed by the Board of Censors, which can then impose cuts on the films prior to release. The board is comprised of members of the Royal Thai Police and the Ministry of Culture, with advisory roles for the Buddhist religion, educators and the medical community. Most cuts are made for sexual content, while acts of violence are typically left untouched. Freedom of speech in Thailand was guaranteed in the articles 39, 40, 41 in the 1997 Constitution. ... The cinema of Thailand has a history that stretches back to early days of filmmaking, when King Chulalongkorns 1897 visit to Berne, Switzerland was recorded by Francois-Henri Lavancy-Clarke. ... Buddhism is a variety of teachings, sometimes described as a religion[1] or way of life that attempts to identify the causes of human suffering and offer various ways that are claimed to end, or ease suffering. ...


A motion picture rating system was proposed in the Film and Video Act of 2007, and was passed on December 20, 2007 by the Thai military-appointed National Legislative Assembly. Under the law, the ratings are: This article focuses on the military junta that overthrew the elected civilian government of Thailand in the 2006 Thailand coup. ... The National Assembly (Rathasapha) is the legislative branch of the government of Thailand. ...

  • P - Promotional, film is educational and viewing is encouraged for all Thai people.
  • G - Suitable for general audiences.
  • Under 13 - Viewers under age 13 not admitted.
  • Under 15 - Viewers under age 15 not admitted.
  • Under 18 - Viewers under age 18 not admitted.
  • Under 20 - Viewers under age 20 not admitted.

The draft law had been met with resistance from the film industry and independent filmmakers under the Free Thai Cinema Movement. Activists had hoped for a less-restrictive approach than the 1930 Film Act, but under the Film and Video Act, films are still be subject to censorship, or can be banned from release altogether if the film is deemed to "undermine or disrupt social order and moral decency, or might impact national security or the pride of the nation".


As of 2007, a supplementary law or ministerial regulation to implement the rating system was yet to be drafted, and the 1930 Film Act remained in place.[4][5][6][7]


Turks and Caicos Islands

The British colony of Turks and Caicos Islands has its own motion picture rating system. Since its installation in 1934, its rules have not changed. Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Symbol Name Definition/Notes
U Universal Available to anyone who wishes to view the film
A Universal with caution'' Similar to the "PG" rating, may contain some scenes that will upset children.
AA Seven or over The person must be over seven to view the film
X Eleven or over ''The person must be over eleven to view the film
AA Thirteen or over ''The person must be over thirteen to view the film
X Sixteen or over ''The person must be over sixteen to view the film
AA Sixteen with privilege ''The person must be over sixteen to view the film, and must be accompanied by a person over the age of 18
X Eighteen The person must be over eighteen to view the film

PG can mean: Bangkok Airways: IATA airline designator Page, in chat short-hand Papua New Guinea: ISO 3166-1 country code Parental Guidance, the name given to a number of similar movie and television ratings, including: An MPAA (US) movie rating A BBFC (UK) movie rating An OFLC (Australia) movie...

United Kingdom

UK film classification certificates.
UK film classification certificates.
Main articles: British Board of Film Classification, History of British Film Certificates

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) rates both motion pictures and videos. Local authorities are responsible for accepting and enforcing the BBFC's recommended ratings for cinema showings, whereas those for videos are legally binding. Image File history File links BBFC_ratings. ... Image File history File links BBFC_ratings. ... British Board of Film Classification logo The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), originally British Board of Film Censors, is the organisation responsible for film and some video game classification and censorship within the United Kingdom. ... This article chronicles the history of British film certificates. ... British Board of Film Classification logo The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), originally British Board of Film Censors, is the organisation responsible for film and some video game classification and censorship within the United Kingdom. ...


The current BBFC system is:

  • Uc (Universal : Children) Suitable for all. Videos classified 'Uc' are particularly suitable for pre-school children. (Video only)
  • U (Universal) Suitable for all. (The board state that while they cannot predict what might upset a particular child, a 'U' film should be suitable for audiences aged 4 and over)
  • PG (Parental Guidance) General viewing but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. (It is the board's policy that movies rated 'PG' should not disturb a child of about 8 years of age or older; however, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset young or more sensitive children.)
  • 12A (12 Accompanied/Advisory) Suitable for 12 years and over. No one younger than 12 may see a '12A' film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. (Exclusively for cinema, '12A' was first implemented on The Bourne Identity and, contrary to popular belief, not on Spider-Man, which was first released months before, under the previously fully restrictive 12 certificate, and then immediately re-released to take advantage of the new guidelines).
  • 12 Suitable for 12 years and over. No one younger than 12 may rent or buy a '12' rated video. (Until 31 August 2002, this mandatory certificate used to apply to cinema exhibitions as well)
  • 15 Suitable only for 15 years and over. No one younger than 15 may see a '15' film in a cinema. No one younger than 15 may rent or buy a '15' rated video.
  • 18 Suitable only for adults. No one younger than 18 may see an '18' film in a cinema. No one younger than 18 may rent or buy an '18' rated video.
  • R18 (Restricted 18) To be shown only in specially licensed cinemas, or supplied only in licensed sex shops, and to adults of not less than 18 years. (These films contain sexually explicit, pornographic content.)

Films may receive a different rating when released on DVD/video to that at the cinema. It is not unusual for certain films to be refused classification, effectively banning them from sale or exhibition in the UK. Any media which has been banned receives an 'R' certificate (Rejected). The Bourne Identity is a 2002 film loosely based on Robert Ludlums novel of the same name. ... Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. ... is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The 18 certificate is issued by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to state that, in its opinion, a film or video recording should not be seen or purchased by a person under 18 years old. ... The R18 certificate represents a film or video classification given by the British Board of Film Classification. ... Sexually explicit material (video, photography, creative writing) presents sexual content without deliberately obscuring or censoring it. ... Pornography (from Greek πορνογραφια pornographia — literally writing about or drawings of harlots) is the representation of the human body or human sexual behaviour with the goal of sexual arousal, similar to, but (according to some) distinct from, erotica. ...


Videos deemed by their distributors to be exempt under the Video Recordings Act 1984 (typically non-fiction content such as sporting highlights, fitness videos, nature films, etc.) may bear the mark E (for exempt), though this is not a rating and the BBFC does not maintain a symbol. The BBFC also rates video games that require a certificate due to mature content. However, the majority of games are merely rated by the voluntary PEGI rating system, that replaced the ELSPA rating system. It is not uncommon for violent video games to be banned by the BBFC. The Video Recordings Act is a UK Act of Parliament that was passed into law in 1984. ... PEGIs logo Pan European Game Information, or more commonly PEGI, is a European system for rating the content of computer and video games, and other entertainment software. ... The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (or ELSPA) is an organisation set up in 1989 by British software publishers. ...


United States

Prior to 1968, some large cities and states had public rating boards which determined whether films were suitable for display to the public in theatres. The United States Supreme Court in the case of Freedman v. Maryland 380 U.S. 51 (1965) would effectively end government operated rating boards when it would decide that a rating board could only approve a film; it had no power to ban a film. A rating board must either approve a film within a reasonable time, or it would have to go to court to stop a film from being shown in theatres. Other court cases would decide that since television stations are federally licensed, local rating boards have no jurisdiction over films shown on television. With the movie industry deciding to set up its own rating system, most state and local boards ceased operating. The Motion Picture Association of Americas film-rating system is used in the U.S and its territories to rate a films thematic and content suitability for certain audiences. ... // The United States Reports, the official reporter of the Supreme Court of the United States Case citation is the system used in many countries to identify the decisions in past court cases, either in special series of books called reporters or law reports, or in a neutral form which will...


Ratings

See also: TV Parental Guidelines, Entertainment Software Rating Board, and Film Advisory Board

In the United States, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), through the Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) issues ratings for movies. The system was instituted in November 1968 and is voluntary; however, most movie theater chains will not show unrated domestic films and most major studios have agreed to submit all titles for rating prior to theatrical release. Most films will have the MPAA insignia at the end of the closing credits. Earlier films that had full opening credits such as The Poseidon Adventure would bear the insignia in the opening. // United States Ratings The TV Parental Guidelines system was introduced on January 1, 1996 in the United States in response to public complaints of increasingly explicit sexual and violent content, and use of scatology, in television programs. ... The ESRBs logo. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... MPAA redirects here. ... ... The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 action adventure/disaster film based on a novel by Paul Gallico. ...


The ratings as they exist in 2008 are:


Unrestricted

  • G - General Audiences - All ages admitted. There is no content that would be objectionable to most parents. Very mild language may exist, including words such as "heck", "moron", "dumb", "rats", "darn", "idiot", "crud", "jerk" or "stupid".
  • PG - Parental Guidance Suggested - Some material may not be suitable for children. These films may contain some mild language, crude humor, thematic elements, sexual themes, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. The word "fuck" generally was not heard in pre-1984 "PG" films. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.
  • PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. These films contain sexual content, nudity (partial)[citation needed], language, humor, mature themes, terror and/or intense action violence. Bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present although Marijuana is the maximum use for this rating. While PG-13 films usually have more profanity than PG films, it is not necessarily common. A rating of PG-13 simply means that a film contains more profane language and/or racial insults than the PG rating permits. A PG-13 film with intense violence means there will be blood present in a violent way.

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Restricted

  • R - Restricted - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult 17 or older with photo ID[citation needed]. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality or nudity, strong violence, scariness, and/or gore, and drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit. Some R-rated films have an "unrated" DVD release with added scenes of violence, sexual material, or profanity. At its inception, the R certificate permitted patrons aged 16 and older to attend unaccompanied, but this was raised to 17 in the 1970's. Local authorities have the power to set a higher age (usually 18, but rare cases as high as 21). On the other hand, in some places, the age requirement is not universally enforced, or not enforced at all.
  • NC-17 - No one 17 and under is admitted - These films contain a lot of graphic violence, sex, aberrational behavior, drug abuse, strong language, or any other elements which, when present, most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children and teens. NC-17 does not necessarily mean obscene or pornographic in the oft-accepted or legal meaning of those words. The Board does not and cannot mark films with those words. These terms are legally ambiguous, and their interpretation varies from case to case. The NC-17 designation implies that the Ratings Board has determined that due to the content of the film, it should be intended for adults only. NC-17 replaced the X rating in 1990. Many films which received X-ratings prior to the 1990 change received a re-rating of NC-17. Many theater companies and local operators will not play NC-17 titles and some newspapers and magazines will not run ads for these films. Most NC-17 titles have limited theatrical release, usually in smaller theaters, or are released directly to video or DVD. Most NC-17 titles also have an R-rated version released on video and/or DVD. Originally, NC-17 stood for No children under 17 admitted, but this was almost immediately changed to its current wording, which restricted films certified as such to patrons 18 years and older. Local authorities have the power to raise this age to 21, although this is very rare.

X-rated, X certificate, X classification or similar terms are labels for movies implying strong adult content, typically pornography or violence. ...

Others

  • NR or Not Rated - NR is not an official MPAA rating. It is used for independent or foreign films that are in limited release and have not been submitted to the MPAA for a rating classification. It is also used by a film that is soon to be released and has trailers out for promotional purposes, but has not yet received a final rating. Advertisements for films with a pending rating contain the notice "This film is not yet rated". Most films released before 1968 carry this policy. Some vendors attach "youth-restricted product" labels to certain unrated films.
  • M - For mature audiences (used 1969-71). This rating is now defunct. Most films given this rating were re-rated PG, PG-13, or R. It is not considered equivalent to any other rating, unlike GP, another defunct rating that is considered identical to PG.
  • GP or General audiences—parental guidance suggested - In 1970-71, the MPAA found that the "M" rating was viewed by audiences as seedier and more adult than its intended meaning (to signify films containing material that may not be appropriate for some children). In response, the designation was changed to "GP". Shortly afterward the MPAA shortened it to PG- (Parental Guidance Suggested).
  • SMA - "Suggested for mature audiences". Not an official rating, but an advisory used for a number of years prior to the MPAA ratings in 1968. This advisory appeared on certain films with mature themes or violence.
  • X - The precursor to the current NC-17 rating that unlike the other ratings was not trademarked. Because it was not trademarked it became so widely used by the U.S. pornography industry that the MPAA replaced it with the NC-17 rating in 1990. This has led to the misconception that NC-17 means pornographic in content.

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Sources

  1. ^ First film rating scheme in the making By Zhu Linyong (China Daily), Updated: 2004-12-17 00:25
  2. ^ http://www.spio.de/media_content/555.pdf SPIO guidelines concerning the self-assignment of ratings (pdf, in German)
  3. ^ [1] - Spain: Evaluation Report about the compliance of the Motion picture rating system in film advertising (in Spanish).
  4. ^ Rithdee, Kong. December 20, 2007. Thailand passes controversial film act, Variety (magazine); retrieved 2007-12-21
  5. ^ AsiaMedia :: Beware the watchdogs of cinema
  6. ^ The Nation: Life
  7. ^ Will Reforms Make Censorship Worse?, Simon Montlake, Time, October 11, 2007, retrieved 2007-10-12

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See also

Disseminating pornography to a minor is the act of showing pornography of any kind to a minor. ...

External links

  • The Netherlands film board's comparison of film classifications issued for twelve recent films by the classification boards of the UK, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Denmark, and Sweden.
  • List of certificates recorded in the IMDb database. Note that while extensive, this list is not exhaustive, and that it mixes current and old rating systems and does not specify which is which, thus making it difficult to use.
  • IMDb's information about rating systems from all over the world.
  • FilmClassifications.com Information regarding film classifications from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
  • Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification.
  • Denmark Medierådet for Børn og Unge (The Media Council for Children and Young People).
  • Finland Valtion Elokuvatarkastamo.
  • France Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC).
  • Germany Spitzenorganisation der Filmwirtschaft e. V. (SPIO)
  • Iceland Smáís.
  • Iceland Kvikmyndaskoðun
  • Irish Film Censor's Office.
  • Japan Administration Commission of Motion Picture Code of Ethics.
  • Netherlands Kijkwijzer (and Nicam).
  • New Zealand Office of Film & Literature Classification.
  • Norway Media Authority.
  • Singapore Media Development Authority.
  • Sweden Statens Biografbyrå (SBB).
  • South African Film and Publications Board.
  • Spanish Film Academy (ACE).
  • United Kingdom British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
  • USA Motion Picture Association of America.
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