Overview

A Film Distribution Licence is required for entities that are carrying out the activities of distributing films and videos in the course of their business, unless exempted. There are three types of Film Distribution Licences:

  1. Film (General) Distribution Licence
  2. Film (Restricted) Distribution Licence
  3. Film Distribution Licence (Temporary)

Who is this for?

  1. Film (General) Distribution Licence – For businesses distributing videos up to PG13 rating.
  2. Film (Restricted) Distribution Licence – For businesses distributing videos up to M18 rating. (Note: This licence allows licensee to distribute videos up to M18 rating at temporary locations such as night markets or trade fairs.)
  3. Film Distribution Licence (Temporary) – For businesses providing ad-hoc distribution of videos up to PG13 and for a period of up to 30 days. 

The following activities are exempted from licensing:

  1. Distribution of films for public exhibition in cinemas.
  2. Distribution of films that fall under the exempted categories.
  3. Distribution of films by electronic transmission.

For more information on the exemptions, please see Films (Licence – Exemption) Notification 2019 (42.82KB).

Fees

Film (General) Distribution Licence

  • Licence Fees: $600 for 1 year; or
    $1,500 for 3 years
  • Security Deposit: S$20,000 is required, in the form of a banker’s guarantee or via GIRO. 

As of 17 April 2020, IMDA has waived all fees for the 1-year and 3-year Film Distribution (General) Licences.
Security Deposit requirements continue to apply.   

 

Film (Restricted) Distribution Licence

  • Licence Fees: S$1,200 for 1 year; or
    S$3,000 for 3 years.
  • Security Deposit: S$30,000 is required, in the form of a banker’s guarantee or via GIRO.

As of 17 April 2020, IMDA has waived all fees for the 1-year and 3-year Film Distribution (Restricted) Licences.
Security Deposit requirements continue to apply.  

 

Film Distribution Licence (Temporary)

  • Licence Fees: S$6 per day for a period of up to 16 days.
    S$100 (flat rate) for a period of 17-30 days.
  • Security Deposit: S$5,000 is required, in the form of a banker’s guarantee or via GIRO for each distribution point. 

Security deposit is capped at $20,000 for four or more distribution points covering the same licence period.

Licence Fees and Security Deposit requirements for Film Distribution Licence (Temporary) continue to apply.

Note: The banker’s guarantee must be issued by any of the financial institutions listed at https://eservices.mas.gov.sg/fid.

Licence Conditions

How to apply?

  1. Any company or business registered with the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) may apply for a Film Distribution Licence
  2. Submit the application via GoBusiness, providing us with the following:
  • An overview of the film distribution/business mechanics.
  • For applicants applying for a Film (Restricted) Distribution Licence, please include the type of age-check mechanisms to ensure age-restricted videos are distributed to patrons of the appropriate age.

Click here to apply online via GoBusiness. 

Contact

Please call 1800 478 5478 or email us.

Other Requirements

A business is required to update IMDA on each new "permanent" or "temporary" distribution point.

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Last updated on: 16 Apr 2020