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The ratings are U, UA , A and S.

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.

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:

  1. 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
  2. The location of the Head Office/regional office/production office of the film processing company.
Sr. No. Regional Office Films imported into or produced in
1 Banglore 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 Kolkata West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar
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

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.

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

2000

400

200

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/-

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

  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.

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:

  1. Scrutiny of application - 7 days
  2. Formation of Examination Committee - 15 days
  3. Forwarding the report of EC to Chairman - 10 days
  4. Communication of the order of the Board to the applicant - 3 days
  5. Surrender of cuts by the producer - 14 days
  6. Examination of cuts - 10 days
  7. Issue of Certificate - 5 days

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:

  1. Application (in duplicate) under Rule 33
  2. Lab letter authenticating the length of alterations
  3. Reel-wise List of deletions/additions/modifications effected in the film
  4. Video cassette containing the additions/modifications
  5. 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

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.

At any centre where import is done.

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.

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.

Yes. Only certified films should be shown on the Cable TV.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  1. Long film: Rs.750 irrespective of length and gauge of film;
  2. Short film: Rs.100 irrespective of length and gauge of film

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.

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.

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.

It is an offence under Section 6A of the Cinematograph Act.

It is an offence under Section 6A of the Cinematograph Act.