Nollywood Canada Corporation is a Censors board for North America and the Caribbean screen and film contents. The board among other things will license a person to exhibit films and video works, classify films and video works, control cinematographic exhibitions and the promotions of indigenous content from Nollywood. The content of Africa and American films has been contentious over some time now, particularly since the era of motion pictures. In our understanding, the term “Censorship” is to regulate the manner at which contents are structured and displayed on screen and in all public materials. Our concerned is with the moral influence of movies on youths and children.
Classification of Contents:
This classification rating indicates that the movie is suitable for viewing by persons of all ages
This rating is applicable where the themes or content of the film may not, in the opinion of the Board, be suitable for all children therefore parental guidance is advised.
A film is to be classified 18 where in the opinion of the Board, it is suitable for viewing by persons 18 years and above, because the film may contain explicit violence, frequent coarse language, horror and simulated sexual scenes. It is an offence to exhibit a “18” film to a person younger than 18.
A film is to be classified “RE” where in the opinion of the Board, it is not suitable for persons under 18 and it is exhibited wholly in specially licensed premises for a specialized audience. The film may contain frequent use of disturbing content.
A film is to be classified “12” wherein the opinion of the Board, the theme or content of the film, is suitable for persons 12 years and over. Also, no one younger than 12 may rent or buy a “12” rated film.
No one younger than 12 years old may see a “12A” movie in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. It is an offence to exhibit a “12A” film to a person younger than 12, unaccompanied by an adult.
Note that the requirements are not met if the adult buys a ticket, but does not accompany the child in the cinema for the duration of the film.
A film is to be classified “15” where the film, in the opinion of the Board is suitable only for persons, 15 years and above. No one younger than 15 may see a “15” film in a cinema or rent or buy a “15” rated video. It is an offence to exhibit a “15” film to a person younger than 15.
Proof of Age at Cinema:
Cinemas may verify the age of an individual before they provide access to all legally restricted films (“12”, “12A”, “15”, “18”)
A proof of age (in the form of photo identification- driver licenses, passport or some educational institution IDs which has a photograph and date of birth) may be requested before they provide access to legally restricted films.
Restrictions on Cinemas Films:
Cinemas are required to abide by laws governing all legally restricted films. This means that refusing entry to a “12A” film to any person who reasonably appears to be underage or is not accompanied by an adult.
Notices explaining what classifications “G” through to “RE” mean must be displayed in a prominent place where films are being exhibited and at entrances to all viewing halls. Classification notices are available by contacting the Board.
Nollywood Canada Corporation remains the regulatory body set to regulate films and video industry in North America that is empowered legally to classify all films and videos whether imported or produced within North American and the Caribbean community. It is also the duty of the Board to register all films and video outlets across the region and to maintain a record of registered outlets.
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