Public Screenings by Not-For-Profit Organizations

Screenings by not-for-profit organizations, such as film festivals and community groups, are a thriving part of Alberta's culture.  AFC does not charge fees for these not-for-profit screenings, and many are exempt from classification

  • Not-for-profit events can be film festivals or ongoing screenings, depending on the format of the presentation
  • Not-for-profit organizers must submit a completed Community Screening Registration Form including a complete listing of film titles and trailers, commercials, or PSAs that will be screened.  -upon receipt of the form, Alberta Film Classification (AFC) will determine whether an event falls into the category of a film festival or an ongoing screening.

Community Screening Registration Form

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Film festivals are:

  • a program of films curated by a not-for-profit society that occurs once per year
  • exempt from film classification

Film Festival organizers are encouraged to inform patrons about film content and are welcome to discuss information-sharing methods with AFC staff.

Ongoing screenings are:

  • all other not-for-profit film screenings
  • these films must be submitted to AFC for classification
  • official classifications must be displayed at the screenings as detailed in the Film and Video Classification Act and Regulations
  • all not-for-profit organizations are exempt from classification fees.

To arrange the submission of films, trailers, commercials and PSAs for classification, please contact Alberta Film Classification. Please ensure an ample amount of time is allowed to screen, classify, and return the films.

Organizations are responsible for the arrangement and payment of shipping of submitted film materials.

Alberta Film Classification reserves the right to request a copy of any film to be shown in the province.