Film and Video Classification Board
Film screenings at festivals or community events
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:
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:
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.