New Initiatives for Video Industry
In our continuing drive to provide the industry with better service, IMDA will be introducing the following video initiatives in two phases: Phase 1 on 28 January 2013 and Phase 2 in end-February 2013.
Phase 1: Effective 28 January 2013
(I) Content Assessor (CA) Submissions
Licensed video distributors will only pay an administrative fee of $10.00 for each title submitted by a certified content assessor under the Content Assessor (CA) scheme. There will no longer be the need to pay the classification fee of $10.00 per half hour. Certification fee of $0.80 per certificate will continue to apply.
CA submissions are titles which fall within a PG13 rating and are so declared by a certified content assessor.
(II) Repeat Title (RT) Submissions
Repeat Titles are those for which an identical record already exists in the Board of Film Censors' (BFC) Films Classification Database. For such titles, all video distributors will need to submit a declaration that the content is identical to that approved by the BFC, as is the current process. No classification fees will be applicable but video distributors will pay an administrative fee of $10.00 for each title submitted. Certification fee of $0.80 per certificate will continue to apply.
(III) Submission of Edited Content for TV Serials and Box-sets
Licensed video distributors may now submit only the specific edited episode of a TV serial or an edited film in a box-set for classification. The existing classification fee of $10.00 per half hour will apply to the edited episode or edited film. The specific episode/film which had been edited must be indicated in the submission form together with the In-Receipt Number of the TV serial or box-set of the original submission.
(IV) Exemption of Pre-1980s TV Serials
A new exempted category has been introduced for pre-1980s TV serials. Video distributors are to use the expanded exempted category "VM" for declaration of TV serials produced before 1980. Currently, only films produced before 1966 are exempted from classification under this category. Titles declared for exemption are pegged to a General standard as specified in the Film Classification Guidelines. Please refer to the list of revised Exemption Categories and accompanying requirements for details.
Phase 2: Effective 28 February 2013
(V) Submission of Classified Titles with New Extra Features
A new submission type has been introduced on 28 February 2013. This is to cater for titles which comprise a main feature, which had been previously classified, and extra features which contain unclassified content.
Video distributors are required to declare that the content of the main feature is identical to that previously approved by the BFC, with the relevant information specified such as the title, the rating, the duration, cast, etc. Classification fee of $10.00 per half hour will apply for the extra features only. Certification fee of $0.80 per certificate will also apply. The classification rating for the title will take the highest rating issued, whether for the feature or extra features.
RT and CA Submissions
IMDA would like to encourage the industry to ensure that all submissions for Repeat Titles and CA submissions are fully and accurately completed to facilitate processing. Incomplete and inaccurate submissions will be rejected.
To facilitate understanding, please refer to the list of FAQs on the revisions. If you have further questions, please call our Customer Service Hotline at 1800 478 5478.