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Fee Tariff

The Accounts department can be contacted on 020 7440 0371 / 0389 or at accounts@bbfc.co.uk

There is also a fee calculator available here which can give you an estimate as to the total cost of having a work classified.

Type of work
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Fee
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Theatrical 
Submission fee: £101.50
+ per-minute fee: £7.09*
Video 
(Features, trailers and advertisements)
Submission fee: £76
+ per-minute fee: £6.08*
VOD
(Watch & Rate for digital-only ratings)
Submission fee: £22
+ per-minute fee:  £2.75*
Overview of Pre-Booking Express (PBE) Fees 
Decisions within two working days of receving your submission, content and payment
  - Running times for any PBE work are rounded up to the nearest 15 minutes
  - Works under 5 minutes are rounded up to 5 minutes
  - This is for scheduling purposes
  - Limited slots available
  - Not available for student films
Theatrical
20% uplift on this fee:
Submission fee: £101.50
+ per-minute fee: £7.09*
Video
(Features, trailers and advertisements)
10% uplift on this fee: Submission fee: £76
+ per-minute fee: £6.08*
VOD
(Watch & Rate for digital-only ratings)
10% uplift on this fee:
Submission fee: £22
+ per-minute fee: £2.75*
See note above on running time calculation.
Advice Services 
Any Advice Viewing
(Theatrical, Video and VOD)
Submission fee: £76
+ per-minute fee:   £5.32*
Script Advice
Per page: £7.09
(Minimum fee:   £101.50)
Theatrical Fees
Standard work
Submission fee: £101.50
+ per-minute fee: £7.09*
Withdrawal Fees (Including cancellations and rescheduling)
These fees are only levied for withdrawals and cancellations made under certain conditions.
Full details of these can be found here.
Standard Film work
(incl. PBE works)
£200 withdrawal fee
Film trailer (PBE)
£100 withdrawal fee
Film trailer (non-PBE)
£50 withdrawal fee
Other Theatrical Fees
Content-identical 2D version of classified 3D
50% of the standard fee
DCP file containing both 3D and 2D versions for classification
3D version: fee for standard theatrical work 
(incl. per-minute fees)
 
2D version: plus an additional £101.50
As Live
£101.50
Student Short Films
Running time:
 
0-20 minutes: £50.50
21-40 minutes £101.50
Modern Film Classification for films classified:
Prior to 1 Nov 198275% of standard fee
From 1 Nov 1982 to
31 July 1989
75% of standard fee
From 1 Aug 1989 onwards
Where a viewing is needed 50% of standard fee
Charged at full standard rate if the film contains previous cuts or additional material
1  Aug 1989 onwardsWhere a viewing is not needed £101.50
Where a film is confirmed as identical and does not need a viewing
Charity rate - standard work30% of standard fee
Video Fees
Standard work
Submission fee: £76
+ per-minute fee: £6.08*
Withdrawal Fees (incl. cancellations and rescheduling)
These fees are only levied for withdrawals and cancellations made under certain conditions.
Full details of these can be found here.
PBE Video works£200 withdrawal fee
All other withdrawals/
cancellations
£100 withdrawal fee
Other Video Fees
Video - identical content of theatrical feature75% of standard fee
Packaging/
resubmision
£25
Change of distribution/ Technical comparison
Submission fee: £76
+ fee for works under 25 mins: per-minute fee
+ fee for works over 25 minutes: £152
Video work previously rated under W&R1
Standard Video fee minus the original Watch & Rate fee2
Composite Video works that includes elements previously rated under W&R1
Standard Video fee minus ONE Watch & Rate submission fee and the combined per minute fees2.
1where the work is identical and is in the BBFC archive.
2Any original PBE fees are not discounted.
Charity rate video
30% of standard rate
Reactivation£152
Other Fees
Video game works
Submission fee: £76
+ per-minute fee: £5.32
Classification of linear content including TV material created for video games; video rewards for completing certain tasks or levels within a game; or other video content which does not contribute to the narrative drive of the video game will be submitted by the VSC on behalf of games publishers.
Digital Fees
Standard VOD work
(Watch & Rate for digital only ratings)
Submission fee: £22
+ per-minute fee: £2.75*
Pre-booking Express (PBE) - Faster turnaround
10% uplift on this fee:
Submission fee: £22
+ per-minute fee: £2.75*
All running times are rounded up to the nearest 15 minutes; works under 5 minutes rounded up to 5 minutes.
See note above on running time calculation.
Withdrawal Fees (Including cancellations and rescheduling)
These fees are only levied for withdrawals and cancellations made under certain conditions.
Full details of these can be found here.
Any W&R work
£50 withdrawal fee
Other W&R Fees
Charity RatePlease note we do not offer a charity discount for Watch & Rate works.
Technical comparison
£152 + £22 fixed fee
Distributor change
BBFC Digital Services - Annual License Fee
There are no changes for this tariff.
Based upon estimated number of BBFC-rated titles live on service over the annual period:
Up to 100 titles: 
No fee.
101 to 250 titles:
£500 p.a.
251 to 1,000 titles: 
£1000 p.a.
1,000 to 5,000 titles:
£2000 p.a.
More than 5000 titles:£4000 p.a.
Licence runs from 1 January to 31 December.
Those joining outside January are charged a pro-rata fee.
All fees are subject to VAT if applicable.
*Per minute for full length work

Withdrawal fees

Theatrical features / theatrical short films

For each booked viewing slot, we will charge a withdrawal fee of £200 if any of the following occurs:

  • Withdrawal or rescheduling of a booking later than 12pm two working days before the viewing date
  • Non-delivery of playable, finalised content by 3pm one working day before the viewing date (or 9.30am on the morning of a p.m. PBE viewing slot)
  • Non-payment by 3pm one working day before the viewing date (or 9.30am on the morning of a p.m. PBE viewing slot)
  • Withdrawal or rescheduling of a booking later than 12pm two working days before the viewing date where the runtime exceeds the booked slot and cannot be accommodated in our theatre. Please see further details below.

 

Theatrical trailers

For each booked viewing slot, we will charge a withdrawal fee of £50 if any of the following occurs:

  • Withdrawal or rescheduling of a booking later than 12pm one working day before the viewing date
  • Non-delivery of playable, finalised content by 3pm one working day before the viewing date (or 4pm one working day before an a.m. PBE viewing slot or 11am on the morning of a p.m. PBE viewing slot)
  • Non-payment by 3pm one working day before the viewing date (or 4pm one working day before an a.m. PBE viewing slot or 11am on the morning of a p.m. PBE viewing slot)

 

Video

For PBE bookings, we will charge a withdrawal fee of £200 if any of the following occurs:

  • Withdrawal or rescheduling of a booking later than 6pm two working days before the viewing
  • Non-delivery of playable, finalised content by 3pm one working day before an a.m. viewing slot or 9.30am on the morning of a p.m. viewing slot
  • Non-payment by 3pm one working day before an a.m. viewing slot or 9.30am on the morning of a p.m. viewing slot

For non-PBE submissions, we will charge a withdrawal fee of £100 if any of the following occurs:

  • Withdrawal of a work at any pre-viewing stage of the classification process
  • Non-delivery of content within 30 days of completing your submission form (This will also require you to submit a new form if you wish to continue with this submission)
  • Non-payment within 30 days of Accounts issuing a pro forma invoice (This will also require you to submit a new form if you wish to continue with this submission)

Please note we will not progress new submissions until we receive payment of the withdrawal fee.

We will charge a withdrawal fee and automatically withdraw works if we do not receive a response to our emails.

If any work has progressed through the process beyond the initial stages the fee payable may be higher than the withdrawal fee to cover the work performed.

**The Charity rate is available only to charities registered in the UK.

 

Watch and Rate

For PBE bookings, we will charge a withdrawal fee of £50 if any of the following occurs:

  • Withdrawal or rescheduling of a booking later than 6pm two working days before the viewing
  • Non-delivery of playable, finalised content by 3pm one working day before an a.m. viewing slot or 9.30am on the morning of a p.m. viewing slot
  • Non-payment by 3pm one working day before an a.m. viewing slot or 9.30am on the morning of a p.m. viewing slot

For non-PBE submissions, we will charge a withdrawal fee of £50 if any of the following occurs:

  • Withdrawal of a work at any pre-viewing stage of the classification process
  • Non-delivery of content within 30 days of completing your submission form (This will also require you to submit a new form if you wish to continue with this submission)
  • Non-payment within 30 days of Accounts issuing a pro forma invoice (This will also require you to submit a new form if you wish to continue with this submission)

 

New Customers

All new companies submitting work for DVD release are required to send payment in with their submission(s).

All new companies requiring classification for cinema release are required to have funds in place with the Board before booking their work in.

 

Works that are longer than the booked slot

This relates to all theatrical and PBE video submissions.

 

Theatrical

If our measurement of your content is longer than the running time stated on your submission form, we will require payment of the difference before we inform you of the outcome of the viewing.

If we learn that the running time exceeds the booked slot by 12pm two working days before the viewing date, and we are unable to accommodate the viewing in our theatre, we will reschedule the viewing for another date.

If we learn that the running time exceeds the booked slot later than 12pm two working days before the viewing date, and we are unable to accommodate the viewing in our theatre, we will charge a withdrawal fee of £200.

 

PBE video

If our measurement of your content is longer than the stated time and requires a longer PBE viewing slot, our Finance team will contact you with the following three options:

  • Remain in the PBE scheme and pay the difference
  • Remove the work from the PBE scheme and pay the difference (if required) for a standard viewing
  • Withdraw the work (This will be subject to a withdrawal fee)

 

Theatrical works that are shorter than the booked slot

This relates to non-PBE theatrical submissions only.

If our measurement of your content is shorter than the running time stated on your submission form, we will charge a fee that reflects the originally stated running time.

The following exceptions apply:

  • If you are able to notify us of the correct running time by 12pm two working days before the viewing, we will only charge the measured running time.
  • If your work has a running time of one minute less than the booked time, we will not charge for this minute.

 

Incomplete theatrical submissions

If we find a work to be incomplete, unfinished, or in any other respect not the version you will be releasing, we reserve the right to convert the submission to an advice viewing. For this we will charge the advice viewing fee. We will require that you submit the work again in its finished version for another full viewing, and we will charge this in full. The company will need to cover the costs of a rescheduled outside screening room.

 

Theatrical bookings made for external venues

If a classification screening that is scheduled to take place at a venue away from the BBFC’s premises is cancelled, the venue will often charge a cancellation fee. Therefore, in circumstances in which you are responsible for the cancellation of such a viewing, we will pass on any cancellation fee from the venue to you. This will be in addition to our own withdrawal fee.

 

Watch & Rate

Standard costs for digital age ratings are offset if (1) the same work is later submitted for a DVD/Blu-ray age rating under the VRA and (2) we have the original Watch and Rate submission in a format that makes it possible to compare with the VRA submission. Where a video submission consists of several elements that have each received individual VOD classifications, only one of the original fixed fees are included in the discount. PBE fees are not offset during subsequent VRA submissions.

 

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