The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), originally British Board of Film Censors, is a non-governmental organisation, funded by the film industry and responsible for the national classification andcensorship of films within the United Kingdom.[ It has a statutory requirement to classify videos, DVDsand some video games under the Video Recordings Act 2010d
It is impossible to predict what Discriminationmight upset any particular child. But No discriminatory language or behaviour unlessa ‘U’ film should be suitable for clearly disapproved of.audiences aged four years and over.It should not include Horror, threator violence This is what the BBFC says shouldn’t be in a ‘U’ classified filmHorrorScary sequences should be mild, brief and Drugsunlikely to cause undue anxiety to young No references to illegal drugs or drug misusechildren. The outcome should be unless they are infrequent and innocuous, orreassuring. there is a clear educational purpose or anti-drug message suitable for young children.
Unaccompanied children of any age may watch. A‘PG’ film should not disturb a child aged around eightor older. However, parents are advised to consider Horrorwhether the content may upset younger or more Frightening sequences should not be prolonged or intense. Fantasy settings may be a mitigating factor.sensitive children. This is what the BBFC says shouldn’t be in a ‘PG’ classified film Imitable behaviourViolence No detail of potentially dangerous behaviourModerate violence, without detail, may be allowed, which young children are likely to copy. Noif justified by its context (for example, history, glamorisation of realistic or easily accessiblecomedy or fantasy). weapons.
Exactly the same criteria are used to classify Violenceworks at ‘12A’ and ‘12’. These categories are Moderate violence is allowed but should notawarded where the material is suitable, in dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis ongeneral, only for those aged 12 and over. injuries or blood, but occasional gory momentsWorks classified at these categories may may be permitted if justified by the context.upset children under 12 or contain material Sexual violence may only be implied or brieflywhich many parents will find unsuitable for and discreetly indicated, and must have a strongthem. contextual justification. This is what the BBFC says shouldn’t be in a ‘PG’ classified film Imitable behaviourLanguage Dangerous behaviour (for example, hanging, suicideModerate language is allowed. The use of strong and self-harming) should not dwell on detail whichlanguage (for example, ‘f*ck’) must be could be copied, or appear pain or harm free. Easilyinfrequent. accessible weapons should not be glamorised.
No one younger than 15 may see a ‘15’ film in a Languagecinema. No one younger than 15 may rent or buy a There may be frequent use of strong language (for‘15’ rated video work. example, ‘f*ck’). The strongest terms (for example, ‘c*nt’) may be acceptable if justified by the context. Aggressive or repeated use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable. This is what the BBFC says shouldn’t be in a ‘15’ classified filmViolenceViolence may be strong but should not dwell on theinfliction of pain or injury. The strongest gory imagesare unlikely to be acceptable. Strong sadistic or Imitable behavioursexualised violence is also unlikely to be acceptable. Dangerous behaviour (for example, hanging,There may be detailed verbal references to sexual suicide and self-harming) should not dwell onviolence but any portrayal of sexual violence must be detail which could be copied. Easily accessiblediscreet and have a strong contextual justification. weapons should not be glamorised.
No-one younger than 18 may see an ‘18’ film in a where the material is in breach of the criminal law,cinema. or has been created through the commission of a criminal offencewhere material or treatment appears to the BBFC torisk harm to individuals or, through their behaviour,to society – for example, any detailed portrayal ofviolent or dangerous acts, or of illegal drug use,which may cause harm to public health or morals.This may include portrayals of sexual or sexualisedviolence which might, for example, eroticise orendorse sexual assault
Our film has violence, threat and some imitable behaviour through the twominutes which means we decided to either rate our film as a 12A or a 15. we havea person die and threat to a hostages life so we decided to rate our film as 15.