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1. What are the ratings prescribed by CBFC?
 
The ratings are U, UA , A and S.
2. Do Video and CD versions of a film need certification?
 
Yes, certification is required.
 
3. What is the difference between a long and a short film?
 
Celluloid version:  any film of length more than 2000 metres ( 35 mm ) is long
Video version: any film of more than 70 minutes is long.
Films which are less than above length / duration are short.
 
4. In which Regional Office, application for certification of films should be submitted?
The application for certification of a film produced in a particular region should be submitted to that concerned regional office only. The following two norms will define the “place of production” of films:
(i) The location of the producers’ association council/Chamber etc. with whom the film-title was registered before starting production of film concerned. In case of registration of the title with more than one association/council only the earliest registration to be considered; and
(ii) The location of the Head Office/regional office/production office of the film processing company.
 
 
5. What is the jurisdiction of various Regional Offices?
 
 Sl.No.
Regional Office
             Films imported into or produced in
1.
Bangalore
State of Karnataka
2.
Mumbai
States of Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and  Maharashtra and the Union Territories of  Dadra and  Nagar Haveli and Daman Diu  
3.
Kolkatta
West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and the Union Territory of  Andaman and Nicobar Islands
 
4.
Cuttack
State of Orissa
5.
Delhi
States of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and the Union Territories of Chandigarh and Delhi
6.
Hyderabad
State of Andhra Pradesh
7.
Chennai
State of Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of  Pondicherry
8.
Thiruvananthapuram
State of Kerala and the Union Territory of Lakshadweep
9.
Guwahati
States of Arunachal Pradesh , Assam , Manipur,  Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland , Sikkim , Tripura
6. What are the documents to be submitted at the time of submitting an application for certification of a film at the CBFC?
 
Indian Feature Films:

1.      Application form in duplicate.
2.      8 copies of full synopsis of the film in English.
3.      8 copies of songs if any with their reel numbers( 8 copies of song lines, in case of trailer).
4.      8 copies of full credit titles of the film.
5.      Reel wise length of the film in duplicate, duly supported by Lab letter.
6.      A shooting script.
7.      Fees should be paid through two Demand drafts. Certification fee draft in favour of the designated Accounts Officer in the region and CESS fee draft in favour of Chairperson, Central Board of film Certification, Mumbai. In case the film will be screened in CBFC, screening fee to be paid in the name of designated Pay and Accounts Officer.
8.      Lab letter declaring that the film is ready.
9.      In case of revised version full details of addition/deletion/shifting of sequences should be given.
10. Title registration letter from the concerned chamber/association/ council in Which the title was registered.
11. Publicity Clearance Certificate wherever applicable.
 
Indian Short Films :
 
1.      Application form in duplicate
2.      5 copies of synopsis of the film (English )
3.      1 copy of the script / commentary.
4.      Fees by Demand Draft drawn in favour of the designated Accounts officer in the region
5.      A declaration on the letter head (in the case of language version ) to the effect that the language version is identical to the master version and the commentary is same.
6.      Lab letter declaring that the film is ready and also certifying the reel-wise length of the film.
 
Imported Short films:

1.      Application Form in duplicate.
2.      Fee for the certification as per the rules. Demand Draft should be drawn in favour of the designated Pay and Accounts Officer in the region drawn on any bank.
3.      Letter of authority or a copy of an agreement from the original producer/copyright holder/Importer etc.
4.      A certified copy of the Customs Call Memo intimating the arrival of the film/video in the name of the Importer/applicants from Customs.
5.      A certified copy of the Bill of Entry.
6.      A certified copy of the purchase order, invoice etc. relating to the purchase of the film/video.
7.      5 copies of synopsis in English for each film/video duly signed by the Importer/Applicant in all the pages.
8.      One copy of Script/Commentary duly signed by the Importer/ Applicant in all the pages.
9.      CBFC will accept application for certification of Imported films/videos only on production of Bill of Entry through OGL.
 
7. What is the Fee Structure for certification of films?
 
Table of Certification Fees:
 
Celluloid films
Length
Gauge
Certification Fee (other than educational)
Certification fee (educational films)
Screening Fee
300
16 mm
35 mm
70 mm celluloid
1000
200
100
600
2000
400
200
900
3000
600
300
1200
4000
800
400
1500
5000
1000
500
1800
6000
1200
600
2100
7000
1400
700
2400
8000
1600
800
2700
9000
1800
900
3000
10000
2000
1000
3300
11000
2200
1000
3600
12000
2400
1000
3900
13000
2600
1000
4200
14000
2800
1000
4500
15000
3000
1000
4800
16000
3200
1000
5100
17000
3400
1000
5400
18000
3600
1000
5700
19000
3800
1000
6000
20000
4000
1000
 
Video Films 
Time
(min)
Gauge
Certification Fee (other than educational)
Certification fee (educational) film
Screening Fee
10
video
950
280
70 
20
1850
560
140
30
3000
600
210
40
3700
740
280 
50
4600
920
350
60
5500
1100
420
70
6400
1280
490
80
7400
1480
540
90
8900
1660
630 
100
9200
1840
700
110
10100
2020
770
120
11000
2200
840 
130
12000
2400
910
140
12000
2560
980 
150
13700
2740
1050
160
14700
2940
1120 
170
15600
3120
1190
180
16500
3300
1260
190
17500
3500
1330
200
18300
3600
1400
 
Cess Fee collected for feature film is as follows:
 
Language
Amount of fee
Hindi / English
Rs.20,000/-
All other languages
Rs.10,000/-
 
8. Who are the Designated Accounts Officer?
 
Regional Office
Designated Accounts Officer
Chennai,
Hyderabad ,
Thiruvananthapuram and
Bangalore
    Pay and Accounts Officer
    Doordarshan Kendra
    Chennai – 5.
Kolkatta,
Cuttack
    Pay & Accounts Officer
    Doordarshan Kendra
    Kolkatta
Mumbai
    Pay & Accounts Officer
    Ministry of I & B
    Films Division
    Mumbai
Guwahati
    Pay and Accounts Officer
     Doordarshan Kendra
     Guwahati
 
9. What are the materials and documents to be submitted at the time of effecting cuts?
 
1.      Picture Positive/Negative.
2.      Sound Positive/Negative.
3.      Declaration stating that the cuts have been effected.
4.      Acceptance of ‘UA” or ‘A’ Certificate in case the Film is granted    ‘UA’ or ‘A’ Certificate
5.      Video copy of certified version of the film.
6.      Letter of authority for sealing of video cassettes.
 
10. What is the time limit prescribed in Certification?
 
The Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983 describes the time limits applicable for certification under various circumstances. Time limit varies depending upon the type of story and the implications of the film on various important matters relating to the State such as Defence or foreign relations and whether the film deals with any specialized subjects viz. historical, biography or medicine etc. For a normal film, a rough guide to the time limits will be as follows:
 
a.      Scrutiny of application - 7 days
b.      Formation of Examination Committee - 15 days
c.       Forwarding the report of EC to Chairman - 10 days
d.      Communication of the order of the Board to the applicant
e.      Surrender of cuts by the producer - 14 days
f.        Examination of cuts - 10 days
g.      Issue of Certificate - 5 days
 
11. Can any addition/deletion be made after certification?
 
Minor additions and deletions can be done in a film after certification. The following documents are to the submitted to the regional office in which the original certificate was issued:
 
i)      Application (in duplicate) under Rule 33
ii)    Lab letter authenticating the length of alterations
iii)   Reel-wise List of deletions/additions/modifications effected in the film
iv)   Video cassette containing the additions/modifications
v)    Demand Draft drawn in favour of Designated Accounts Officer
The fee will be Rs.100/- per every reel irrespective of the number of additions, excisions ort deletions. It the reel containing addition exceeds 300 mtrs in length, it will be considered as another reel for the purpose of fee
 
12. What is the procedure for certifying dubbed films?
 
A dubbed film is certified in the same region where the original film was certified. For instance, after a Malayalam film is certified in Thiruvananthapuram region, all further dubbed versions in other languages - Tamil, Telugu, Hindi etc. are examined and certified by Thiruvananthapuram region only unless written waiver is given by Chairperson u/r 21.
 
13. Where the imported feature film can be certified?
 
At any centre where import is done.
 
14. What is the procedure for change of title after certification?

After certification, normally a title cannot be changed unless the Regional Officer is satisfied that there is very genuine reason for change of title. Even here, titles cannot be changed for a film which has already been released in a theatre. Application should be made under Rule 33 along with a DD for Rs.100/- drawn in favour of Designated Accounts Officer. An affidavit should also be given on a stamped paper that the films has not been commercially exhibited. Title Registration should be obtained from the concerned body.
 
15. Is there CBFC certification for TV?
 
There is no CBFC certification for T.V programs and serials. However, under Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act, 1995 content code / Advertisement code have been prescribed for programme and advertisements appearing in cable TV Network. The offences under Cable Television Network Regulation Act being non-cognizable, a specific complaint has to be made by an Officer authorised by the State Governments.
 
16. Will it be illegal to screen uncertified films on the Cable TV?
 
Yes. Only certified films should be shown on the Cable TV.
 
17. What is the procedure for converting ‘A’ or ‘UA’ films into ‘U’  after certification?


No film can be re-certified in the same format. However celluloid films can be recertified in video format after revision. An Applicant or a person to whom the right has passed on can revise and apply for recategorization in video format along with prescribed fee. The Board will examine the film like fresh film.
 
The following documents are to be submitted for reclassification of films in to ‘U’:
 
1.      Application form in duplicate.
2.      Script with list of voluntary deletions duly marked.
3.      List of voluntary deletions with length or running time(5 copies).
4.      Copy of Censor Certificate issued to original version.
5.      Copy of telecast rights.
6.      Certification fee by way of Demand Draft (in favour of designated Accounts Officer in the region).
7.      DVD(after carrying out the deletions voluntarily made). The DVD should contain time-slot throughout as per running time of the film or reel change should be visible in the DVD. The voluntary cuts should be shown separately in the beginning of the DVD.
Fee: As in fresh film.
No Welfare cess fee.
 
18. Is there any limitation for converting ‘A’ film or ‘UA’ film into ‘U’?
 
Yes. Many films are originally classified as ‘A’ or ‘UA’ because the theme is adult oriented. Such films cannot be reclassified as ‘U even for the purpose of telecasting in TV.
 
19. Who can take action against cinema halls showing pornographic bits?
 
Exhibition of uncertified films is an offence under Cinematograph Act. It is a cognizable and non-bailable offence. It is not necessary to wait for the local police to initiate action. Being a cognizable offence, any responsible citizen or organization can file a complaint with the police. The police are bound to initiate action on the complaint. In case of refusal to file FIR at the level of the police station, as per law, a written complaint to the Superintendent of Police of the District will be sufficient to get the FIR registered. The Collector of the District or the Police Commissioner are normally the licensing authority for the cinema halls. Many States in India have the rule that the licenses for cinema halls can be suspended or even revoked in case of violation of Cinematograph Act by cinema halls.
 
20. Is there any certification for audio cassettes of a particular film?
 
Frequently, audio CDs are released much before the theatrical release of the film for the purpose of promotion. At present, there is no law prescribed to certify such audio CDs.
 
21. What is the fee structure in Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT)?
 
1.      Long film: Rs.750 irrespective of length and gauge of film;
2.      Short film: Rs.100 irrespective of length and gauge of film
 
22. Can the panel and Board members inspect theatres?
 
According to Section 7E of the Act, all members of the Tribunal, the Board and of any advisory panel, shall be considered public servants. According to rule 37, Chairman or any member of the Board or member of the advisory panel or Regional officer or any other Officer or members of the staff of the Board, may enter any placed licensed under the law in force relating to cinemas, in discharge of his duties under the Act and the owner or the manager of such place must provide him with a seat of the highest rate or the next lower class to view the film without charging the admission fee and entertainment tax.
 
23. Should the advertisements carry the category of the Certificate?
 
After a film has been certified as ‘UA’ ‘A’ or ‘S’, it is mandatory under Rule 38 that the category of Certificate is mentioned on the face of advertisements such as newspapers, hoarding, poster, trailers etc. Non mentioning of the category of certificate on the face of advertisements is an offence under the Cinematograph Act.
 
24. Who is responsible for interpolations?
 
Any person who exhibits or permits to exibit interpolated film is responsible. It has to be observed whether the characters involved in the main film are also involved in the interpolated bits. If it is so, then one can infer that the producer and the distributor may also be responsible for interpolation. According to Section 7(b) of the Act, if any person , without lawful authority, alters or tampers with in any film, after it has been certified, will be committing a crime under Cinematograph Act. It is to be noted that the burden of proving the lawfulness of the act shall lie on the person who altered or tampered with the certified film.
 
25. What if the producer does not pass on cut list to distributors?
 
It is an offence under Section 6A of the Cinematograph Act
 
26. What if the distributors do not pass on the cut list to the theatres?
 
It is an offence under Section 6A of the Cinematograph Act.

  

 

 
 

 

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