DVD Film Classification: BBFC

We’re all familiar with the British Board of Film Classification certificate and their ratings system (U, PG, 15, etc.) relating to feature films at the cinema or manufactured on DVD for rental or sell-through.

Most of our customers, however, produce DVD programmes that fall into one of these categories…

Niche market sport or hobby sell-through video
Music video for sell-through or promotion
Educational, self improvement, lifestyle, or entrepreneurship programme
Corporate promotional or training programme
As such it’s likely that you can, at your own discretion, deem it to be “Exempt from Classification”. This can be stated on the packaging along with the “E” symbol.

Here’s a direct quote from the BBFC website:
“The ‘E’ symbol on video packaging indicates that the distributor believes the work to be exempt from classification. Under the Video Recordings Act 1984, a video is an exempted work if is designed to inform, educate or instruct; is concerned with sport, religion or music; or is a video game. However, if such a work depicts human sexual activity or gross violence to any significant extent it will need a BBFC classification. The ‘E’ symbol is not an official symbol and does not have any legal standing. Nor is it a requirement that it should appear on video cassettes, unlike the BBFC classification symbols. Under the Video Recordings Act, the onus is on the distributor to decide whether or not a video work is an exempted work, and distributors have tended to put an ‘E’ symbol on tapes as guidance to the public. The Board does not examine exempted works and does not decide whether or not a work is exempt.”

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