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Sunday, November 29, 2015
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Are you planning on screening a film at your next festival, cultural or community event?

If so, make sure that you comply with The Film and Video Classification Act and accompanying regulations.

Films cannot be shown to the public in Saskatchewan unless they have been approved, classified or exempted pursuant to the Act. The following is a summary of the available options:

  • The approval and classification of films to be shown in Saskatchewan is carried out by the British Columbia Film Classification Office. The fee is $440.00 per film title. Submit films requiring classification to the B.C. Film Classification Office at:
    British Columbia Film Classification Office
    200-4946 Canada Way
    Burnaby, British Columbia
    V5G 4H7
  • If the film has already been classified in another Canadian jurisdiction, classification by documentation in Saskatchewan is an option. The fee is $50.00 per film title. Acquire the classification documents from the reviewing agency and submit them to the Saskatchewan Film Classification Board for approval at:
    Saskatchewan Film Classification Board
    500-1919 Saskatchewan Drive
    Regina, SK
    S4P 4H2
  • Certain categories of films are exempt from the requirement of approval or classification. These categories are: 
    • films owned or sponsored by a church or religious society where the film is for the purposes of worship or religious instruction; 
    • films used by certain educational institutions where the film is designed for educational purposes; 
    • films designed for the purposes of advertising, demonstration or instruction in the use of commercial or industrial products; 
    • films owned, sponsored, exhibited or distributed by provincial public libraries where the film is for educational purposes; 
    • If you are seeking a classification exemption and your film does not fall within the exemption categories, you can apply to the Saskatchewan Film Classification Board for a general exemption. This option is popular with film festivals.

Obtaining an exemption

An exemption application should include the title of the film, the running time, the distributor of the film and the reason for the exemption request. Additional information such as the classification for the film in other jurisdictions, exemptions granted in other jurisdictions, a written synopsis of the film, or the film itself, may be requested by the Board. Exemption applications should be made at least 45 days in advance of the intended screening date to ensure that the application can be processed in time for the event. There is no fee for the application.

In making an exemption decision, the Board will consider the following factors:

  • whether the general public or only a specific group is invited to attend the viewing of the films;
  • whether people invited to attend are otherwise warned about the content of the films being shown;
  • whether, given the group involved and the nature of the films being shown, approval by the Board, classification information and restrictions are necessary.

The Board may deny an exemption or may grant an exemption subject to whatever restrictions that it considers appropriate. Examples of such restrictions include minimum age requirements and content warnings.

Classification and exemption decisions may be appealed to the Film Classification Appeal Committee. The decision of the Committee is final.

A person who contravenes the Act or the regulations is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of up to $2000.00 with a further fine of $100.00 for every day the offence continues.

For more information about the classification and exemption process, contact the Saskatchewan Film Classification Board at 1-877-880-5550 or 306-787-5550.

DISCLAIMER: The above information is intended as general information only and should not be interpreted as legal advice of any kind. Individuals seeking legal advice or requiring legal assistance should consult a lawyer.

Related Documents
FV Class by doc kit.pdf  ( 158.8 KB )

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