Arts Consultative Panel (ACP)
The Arts Consultative Panel (ACP) provides feedback and recommendations on plays and other forms of arts entertainment such as dance and music performances and art exhibitions. Its key roles are:
- To assist IMDA in evaluating arts entertainment and to recommend their suitability for public viewing and any rating that may be required.
- To provide advice and feedback on IMDA's guidelines and standards for arts entertainment.
The current panel comprises 41 members, all of whom are volunteers serving two-year terms. These members are from various professions (from the arts and media fields, educationists, specialists in youths and community services, and lawyers), and are of different age groups and races.
The ACP is chaired by Mrs Laura Hwang, Managing Director, Memories of the East.
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Publications Consultative Panel (PCP)
The Publications Consultative Panel (PCP) advises and provides feedback on content trends, issues and guidelines with regard to local and imported publications. It also advises IMDA on controversial publications, and aids with the formulation of content guidelines.
The PCP comprises 30 members who are appointed for a term of two years. The Minister for Communications and Information appoints members from a cross-section of society, representing different age groups, races, religions and professions.
The Chairperson of the Panel is Mrs Triena Noeline Ong, Director of Etymology: International Book Publishing & Editorial Services. The Vice-Chairperson is Dr Chitra Sankaran, Associate Professor at NUS Department of English Language & Literature.
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Films Consultative Panel (FCP)
The Films Consultative Panel (FCP) is made up of individuals from different segments of the community. The panel meets regularly to advise the BFC on classification and content guidelines so as to better reflect community standards and social norms, and contribute to a more balanced approach towards film classification.
The FCP is also consulted when more feedback is needed to help make a decision on a rating. The opinions of the FCP are also sought when classification frameworks and guidelines are reviewed.
The panel presently comprises 74 members who are appointed by the Minister for Communications and Information to serve a term of two years. The Chairperson of the panel is Mr Vijay Chandran, Director of Gilded Cage Pictures and Adjunct Lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts.
The Vice-Chairpersons are Ms Cheryl Ng, Director of Great Expectations Communications Laboratory and Dr Syed Harun Bin Taha Alhabsyi, SAF Medical Officer, Ministry of Defence.
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Please click here for the consultation cases.
Political Films Consultative Committee (PFCC)
The independent Political Films Consultative Committee was set up to advise whether a film would fall within the definition of a party political film.
Any film that the BFC considers to be a possible party political film is sent to the PFCC for its evaluation and views. The BFC then takes into consideration the PFCC’s recommendations before making its decision.
Any owner of a film that disagrees with the BFC’s decision can appeal to the Films Appeal Committee (FAC), a course of action that is provided for in the Films Act.
The seven-member panel of the PFCC is made up of members from the media, union, academia, and legal sector who are appointed for a two-year term. The current panel is headed by Mr Richard Magnus, a retired Senior District Judge and Chairman of the Public Transport Council.
The other members on the committee are:
- Mr. M. Rajaram
Senior Director, Straits Law Practice LLC
- Mr. Daniel Yun
Founder & Director, Blue3 Pictures
- Dr. Suzaina Kadir
Associate Dean (Admissions & Student Affairs) & Senior Lecturer, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
- Mr. Ma Wei Cheng
Advisor, Amalgamated Union of Public Employees
- Mr Chua Chim Kang
Managing Editor, Chinese Media Group, Singapore Press Holdings
- Dr Norshahril Saat
Research Officer, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies