The “G” and the “PG” are both advisory classifications.
The 'G' Classification
This classification rating indicates that the movie is suitable for viewing by persons of all ages.
The 'PG' Classification
This rating is applicable where the themes or content of the film may not, in the opinion of the Board, be suitable for all children therefore parental guidance is advised.
The “12”, “12A”, “15”, “18” and “RE” are legally restricted classifications therefore any form of non compliance will attract serious sanctions by the Board.
THE “12” and “12A” Classification
Films rated “12” are not suitable for people under the age of 12. While films rated 12A advices consumers that the movie may contain scenes not suitable for persons under the age of 12 therefore, parental guidance must be applied. i.e, the child must be accompanied by an adult to view the film.
** 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
The “15” films are not suitable for persons under the age of 15 as the content is strong in impact. There are legal restrictions governing who can be admitted to “15” films.
The “18” Classification
Films rated “18” are not suitable for people under the 18 as the content has a high impact. There are legal restrictions governing who can be admitted to “18” films.
** 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 “RE” Classification
Films which fall under this category are to be exhibited and distributed only in specially licensed premises. The ‘RE’ category is a special and legally restricted classification category and non compliance will result to serious sanctions.
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.
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.
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.