The ‘G’ Classification
The ‘PG’ Classification
The “18” Classification
The “RE” Classification
Note: People aged between 2 and under 15/18 cannot be admitted to a “15”/”18” film respectively. That is a child under 2 can be admitted to a “15”/”18” film.
THE “12” Classification
The “12A” Classification
Note that the requirements are not met if the adult buys a ticket, but does not accompany the child in the cinema for the duration of the film.
THE “15” Classification
PROOF OF AGE AT CINEMA.
Cinemas may verify the age of an individual before they provide access to all legally restricted films (“12”, “12A”, “15”, “18”)
A proof of age (in the form of photo identification- driver licenses, passport or some educational institution IDs which has a photograph and date of birth) may be requested before they provide access to legally restricted films.
WHEN CAN CINEMAS REFUSE ENTRY TO LEGALLY RESTRICTED FILMS
Cinemas are required to abide by laws governing all legally restricted films. This means that refusing entry to a “12A” film to any person who reasonably appears to be underage or is not accompanied by an adult.
Similarly, entry to a “15” and “18” film can be refused to any person who reasonably appears to be aged between 2-15 and 2-18 respectively.
PENALTIES FOR BREAKING THE LAW
It is an offence to exhibit a “12A” film to a person aged between 2 and 12 years of age unless they are accompanied by an adult or a “15”/”18” film to persons aged between 2-15 and 2-18 respectively. There are limited or no defences to these offences and will attract serious sanctions.
Notices explaining what classifications “G” through to “RE” mean must be displayed in a prominent place where films are being exhibited and at entrances to all viewing halls. Classification notices are available by contacting the NFVCB headquarters or zonal offices.