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The British Board of Film Classification is a non-governmental body operating since 1911
C E R T I F I E D
The BBFC issues all films released in the UK with a certificate that restricts audiences based on the film's content. The focus is on helping children and families choose well by providing them with the guidance they need to help them choose what's right for them and avoid what's not.
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.
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.
Suitable for 12 years and over
Films classified 12A and video works classified 12 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.
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.
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.
T H E B B F C
The BBFC website contains listings including all recent decisions, guidelines and more.
See also Shadows' Motion Picture Association (MPA) page.
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