The Finance team can be contacted at finance@bbfc.co.uk

All costs exclude VAT.

Type of work (standard 7 day turnaround) Fees
Theatrical Submission fee: £108.47
+ per-minute fee: £7.56*
Video
(Features, trailers and advertisements)
Submission fee: £81.22
+ per-minute fee: £6.49*
VOD
(Watch & Rate for digital-only ratings)
Submission fee: £26.45
+ per-minute fee: £3.07*

Theatrical Fees

We offer three price bands, in line with our previous pricing structure (Standard, Pre-Booking Express, and Premium Pre-Booking Express):

  • seven day (standard)

  • 48 hours

  • 24 hours

These price bands are based on the amount of time between the delivery of your media and the requested classification date. 48 hour and 24 hour price bands are based on a set uplift in the cost. 

Please note, we round up the running time of 24 hour and 48 hour submissions to the nearest 15 minutes.  For works under five minutes we round up to five minutes.

Turnaround time Fees
7 days (standard) Submission fee: £108.47
+ per-minute fee: £7.56*
48 hours (20% uplift on standard fee, rounded up to the nearest 15 minutes) Submission fee: £130.16
+ per-minute fee: £9.07*
24 hours (50% uplift on standard fee, rounded up to the nearest 15 minutes) Submission fee: £162.70
+ per-minute fee: £11.34*

Advice Services

Type of work Fee
Any Advice Viewing
(Theatrical, Video and VOD)
Submission fee: £81.22
+ per-minute fee: £5.68*
Script Advice Per page: £7.56
(Minimum fee: £108.47)

Withdrawal Fees (Including cancellations and rescheduling)

These fees are only levied for withdrawals and cancellations made under certain conditions.​​​​​​​

Type of work Fees
Features and trailers £211.61 withdrawal fee
Film trailer (24 or 48 hour turnaround £105.80 withdrawal fee
Film trailer £52.90 withdrawal fee

Other Theatrical Fees

Type of work 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 £108.47
As Live £108.47

Modern Film Classification for films classified

Type of work Fees
Prior to 1 Nov 1982 75% 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
From 1 Aug 1989 onwards Where a viewing is not needed £108.47
Where a film is confirmed as identical and does not need a viewing
Charity rate - standard work 50% of standard fee

Video Fees

Turnaround time Fees
7 days (standard) Submission fee: £81.22
+ per-minute fee: £6.49*
48 hours (10% uplift on standard fee, rounded up to the nearest 15 minutes) Submission fee: £89.34
+ per-minute fee: £7.14*
24 hours (50% uplift on standard fee, rounded up to the nearest 15 minutes) Submission fee: £121.83
+ per-minute fee: £9.74*

Video Withdrawal Fees (incl. cancellations and rescheduling)

These fees are only levied for withdrawals and cancellations made under certain conditions.​​​​​​​

Type of work Fees
24 hour and 48 hour turnaround Video works £211.61 withdrawal fee
All other withdrawals/ cancellations £105.80 withdrawal fee

Other Video Fees

Type of work Fees
Video - identical content of theatrical feature 75% of standard fee
Packaging/resubmision £26.72
Re-issue of age rating Submission fee: £81.22
+ fee for works under 25 mins: per-minute fee
+ fee for works over 25 minutes: £162.43
Video work previously rated under VOD Standard Video fee minus the original Video-on-Demand
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
Preschool content 30% discount of standard fee
1where the work is identical and is in the BBFC archive.
2Any original PBE fees are not discounted.
Charity rate video 50% of standard fee
Reactivation £162.43

Other Fees

Type of work Fees
Video game works Submission fee: £81.22
+ per-minute fee: £5.68

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

Turnaround time Fees
7 days (standard) Submission fee: £26.45
+ per-minute fee: £3.07*
48 hours (10% uplift on standard fee, rounded up to the nearest 15 minutes) Submission fee: £29.10
+ per-minute fee: £3.38*
24 hours (50% uplift on standard fee, rounded up to the nearest 15 minutes) Submission fee: £39.68
+ per-minute fee: £4.60*
Online Music Video First 5 minutes: £29.09
+ £3.20 per minute thereafter

AnchorWithdrawal Fees (Including cancellations and rescheduling)

These fees are only levied for withdrawals and cancellations made under certain conditions.

Type of work Fees
Any VOD work £52.90 withdrawal fee
VOD 24 hour turnaround £105.80 withdrawal fee

Other Video-on-Demand Fees

Type of work Fees
Charity rate Please note we do not offer a charity discount for Video-on-Demand works.
Technical comparison £162.43 + £26.45 fixed fee
Distributor change
BBFC Digital Services - Annual License Fee 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: £581.93 p.a.
251 to 1,000 titles: £1163.87 p.a.
1,001 to 5,000 titles: £2327.75 p.a.
More than 5000 titles: £4655.50 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

AnchorTheatrical features / theatrical short films

For each booked viewing slot, we will charge a withdrawal fee of £211.61 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 the deadline as set on the client portal (Horizon).
  • Non-payment by 3pm one working day before the viewing date.
  • 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 charge a withdrawal fee of £52.90 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 required delivery deadline.

AnchorVideo

For regular 24 hour bookings, we charge a withdrawal fee of £211.61 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 the delivery deadline.

For 48 hour bookings, we charge a withdrawal fee of £211.61 if any of the following occurs:

  • Withdrawal or rescheduling of a booking any time after we have confirmed the booking.
  • Non-delivery of playable, finalised content by the delivery deadline.

For 7 day turnaround submissions, we will charge a withdrawal fee of £105.80 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).

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.

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

AnchorVideo-on-Demand

For 24 hour bookings, we charge a withdrawal fee of £52.90 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 the delivery deadline.

For 48 hour bookings, we charge a withdrawal fee of £105.80 if any of the following occurs:

  • Withdrawal or rescheduling of a booking any time after we have confirmed the booking.
  • Non-delivery of playable, finalised content by the delivery deadline.

For 7 day turnaround submissions, we charge a withdrawal fee of £52.17 if any of the following occurs:

  • Withdrawal of content at any pre-viewing stage of the classification process.

Works that are longer than the booked slot

This relates to all theatrical and video submissions.

Theatrical

If our measurement of your content is longer than the running time stated on your submission form, we 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 charge a withdrawal fee.

24 and 48 hour turnaround video

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

  • Remain in the shorter turnaround and pay the difference.
  • Change the turnaround submission on Horizon to a standard 7 day turnaround.
  • Withdraw the submission (This will be subject to a withdrawal fee).

Theatrical works that are shorter than the booked slot

This relates to 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 content 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 content 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 charge the advice viewing fee. We ask that you submit the content again in its finished version for another full viewing, and we charge this in full. The company must cover the costs of a rescheduled outside screening room.

Theatrical bookings made for external venues

Classification screenings that take place outside of the BBFC premises must be paid for at the same time as the classification fee. The BBFC will only cover the cost of external viewings for bookings with a 7 day turnaround. The cost of outside screening rooms for 24 hour and 48 hour bookings will be charged and invoiced at the time of your booking.

If an outside screening does not occur due to non delivery of content or cancellation of the submission, any cancellation fees from the outside venue will be covered by the submitting company, regardless of the submission turnaround time.

Video-on-Demand

Standard costs for digital age ratings are offset if (1) the same content is later submitted for a DVD/Blu-ray age rating under the VRA and (2) we have the original Video-on-Demand submission in a format that makes it possible to compare it 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.

The additional fees for 24 and 48 hour turnaround fees are not offset during subsequent VRA submissions.