Monday, 30 January 2012

British Board of Film Classification

The British Board of Film Classification is funded by the film industry to classify all films into categories, suiting a range of different audiences in films, videos and even video games.
To help us select our film certificate, we visited the BBFC website to view the guidelines that our film should follow for a specific audience.

U - Universal - Suitable for all audiences and families consisting of children above the age of 4.

PG - Parental Guidance - Parents are advised to consider letting their children watch this film and if so, may watch unaccompanied. It may contain mild violence, references to drugs and mild language.

12A- 12 and over - Used in cinemas only. No-one younger than 12 may see this film unless accompanied by an adult. Although, it is advised that younger children do not see this film due to the content. Moderate language can be involved and it can involve mature themes.

12 - 12 and over - This is only for video works on DVD's and games. Anyone under the age of 12 will not be allowed to rent or buy a '12' rated video work.

15 - 15 and over - No-one younger than 15 may see, rent or buy a '15' film. Film under this category may contain use of drugs, violence, strong language and sexual scenes, therefore this is not suitable for anyone under the age of 15.

18 - 18 and over - Only adults are able to see this film. You must be 18 and over to view this film, rent it and buy it due to the strong content it contains. Films with an '18' rating contain a lot of sexual activity and would not be suitable for a younger audience.

By looking at these classifications, our group decided to rate our film as a '15'. This is because our film is aimed at an audience of 15 and over because out film is a 'Teen Horror'. This will allow us to contain drug use, frightening scenes and strong language. Considering this content, we decided to use a 15 as this would give a wider audience range and make more profit.

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