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New BBFC competition asks children what they want to know about a film's classification before they see it at the cinema or at home

A new competition is asking children to tell the BBFC what information they would like to see in long BBFCinsight on CBBFC. 

Date 21/03/2016

As part of Safer Internet Day 2016, the BBFC launched new child-friendly long BBFCinsight on the CBBFC website for children and families ( BBFCinsight highlights the issues in a film, helping people decide if the film is suitable for them.

To enter the competition children are challenged to write, draw or use word clouds to create long BBFCinsight for a film they have seen recently, either at the cinema, at home or with school. They should include a short summary about the film, a BBFC age rating and detail about what they think the key classification issues in the film are, plus any other information they think is relevant for themselves or their younger friends, siblings or relatives. Children can use the CBBFC Classification Guidelines to help them think about the classification issues in the film: 

Entrants can write long BBFCinsight or express it with drawn pictures, but can only submit one entry of long insight for each film they have seen. The closing date for the competition is 31 July 2016.

The winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges chosen by the BBFC after the closing date. There may be multiple winners, depending on the responses submitted. Winners will receive a CBBFC goody bag and 10 cinema tickets for a local cinema of their choice. We will also arrange for a BBFC Education team member to visit to the winner’s school or film club to talk about classification and to introduce a film screening or to host an 'Examiner for a day' session. Second place winners will receive a CBBFC goody bag and five cinema tickets for a local cinema of their choice. All runners-up will receive CBBFC goody bags.

Lucy Brett, BBFC Head of Education said: "Every time we rate a film U, PG or 12A we publish information for parents and cinema-goers telling them how and why a film received a particular rating. We want to find out what issues children would like to be aware of before they see a film and how they think long BBFCinsight on CBBFC should express these to them.

“We know that issues that are less central to a film's classification can be important for younger children to know about, for example if a film contains certain creatures, like spiders, or themes such as bullying, which might cause upset to some children." 

The long BBFCinsight on CBBFC is edited for children under 12 and is available for films classified U, PG and 12A at the cinema, or 12 on DVD/Blu-ray or online. If the description of any classification issue has been adapted for CBBFC (e.g examples of bad language or imitable techniques have been removed) we direct adults to the main BBFC website and free Apps to find these.

For full details on how to enter the competition, download the competition leaflet and entry postcard. 


For more information contact Amy Brooks on 020 7440 1570 (out of hours: 07946 423719).

Notes to Editors

About BBFC
The BBFC is an independent, private, not-for-profit company which classifies films, video on all physical formats (DVD and Blu-ray Disc for example) and certain video games, advertisements and trailers. It also classifies, on a best practice voluntary basis, video content for distribution online. The BBFC operates transparent, well-understood and trusted co-regulatory and self-regulatory classification regimes, such as its digital video service, based on years of expertise and published Guidelines which reflect public opinion and the risk of harm; and is accountable to Parliament.


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