Film Classifications

Film Classification

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) classify films, trailers and advertisements on behalf of local authorities who license cinemas under the Licensing Act 2003. We are required by the BBFC to refuse admission to those who do not meet the minimum age required by the classification of a film we are screening. Photo ID may be required for entry to age restricted films.

 

U – Universal – Suitable for all

A U film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over, although it is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child. U films should be set within a positive framework and should offer reassuring counterbalances to any violence, threat or horror. If a work is particularly suitable for pre-school children, this will be indicated in the ratings info.

 

PG – Parental Guidance

General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older. Unaccompanied children of any age may watch, but parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger, or more sensitive, children.

 

12A – Suitable for 12 years and over / an under 12 accompanied by an adult

Films classified 12A contain material that is not generally suitable for children aged under 12. No one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. Adults planning to take a child under 12 to view a 12A film should consider whether the film is suitable for that child. To help them decide, we recommend that they check the Ratings info for that film in advance. No one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video work.

 

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 work.

 

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 work. Adults should be free to choose their own entertainment.

 

For more information, please visit www.bbfc.co.uk