British Board of Film Classification

Quick search of releases

Advanced search

Education news

Here are our popular website articles written by BBFC staff. Like the Case Studies they delve in to key issues, films, initiatives, historical moments and offer insight into how the BBFC has responded to different events and changes in the film and media landscape.


Award-winning films get prestigious British classification


Kids for Kids (KFK) UK, the County Durham-based children and young people’s filmmaking development organisation, continues to go from strength to strength.  The organisation has recently been chosen to run one of 38 BFI Film Network Academies which will bring new opportunities to young people in...

BBFC launches their new website for children with a poster competition that asks how much kids know about age ratings


The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is challenging children to create illustrations for a new poster showing their families and friends visiting the cinema, to help remind parents, teachers and children what the five age ratings U, PG, 12A, 15 and 18 mean. The final poster will include...

#askBBFC Twitter Q and A Transcript - Friday 06 September


On Friday 6 September we ran the first BBFC #askBBFC twitter Q and A answer session. Earlier in the week, we’d asked you to submit your questions about BBFC age ratings using the #askBBFC hashtag. The answer session took the most interesting questions and answered them during a 30 minute session....

Childnet Film Competition 2013


Childnet invited all UK schools and youth organisations to enter their film-making challenge again this year.Two separate projects for primary and secondary aged children deal with themes and key messages from Safer Internet Day 2013. Primary aged entrants were challenged to create a 60 second...

FILMCLUB Live cub reporters have their say


Lucy was grilled by the FILMCLUB reporters in the studio – hearing about what bugs Phoebe about what she can’t see, and discussing the issues raised by the theme and tone of one of Sophie’s favourite films Juno. She also took questions and comments from school children all over the country via...

Teens have their say about online safety


A survey of over 24,000 young people showed over a third of young people have come in to contact with content online that upsets or worries them.

Supporting Safer Internet Day 2013


Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year to promote safe responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. Safer Internet Day 2013, the tenth edition of the event, took place on Tuesday 5 February...

What isn't classified: What parents need to know


When you buy or rent a video for you and your family, most of the time you’ll find a BBFC age rating on the box, alongside BBFCinsight- content advice which tells you in a few words what you can expect to find on the DVD in terms of issues such as sex, violence, bad language, horror, drug misuse...

What about video game ratings?


There is a wide and varied selection of games suitable for all the family, but there remains some confusion amongst parents as to which games are suitable for the family and how these can be identified.A recent Ukie survey found:· Only 2 in 5 parents say they only buy games that are the correct...

BBFC Christmas BBFCinsight competition


We’ve hidden the film titles, some of the BBFCinsight and some character names. See if you can use the new BBFC website to help check your guesses for all seven film clues.Send your answers by email to by Saturday 5 January.