Classification Step By Step
■SCHEDULE: By law, movie companies send their films and film trailers to Alberta Film Classification before they show them to the public
■SCREEN: AFC has a fully equipped theatre, including 3D capability. Each film is watched from beginning to end without stopping, to duplicate the experience of a film patron
■VIEW: Each film is viewed by full-time, professional film classifiers who make individual assessments of the film's content, based on knowledge and experience
■TAKE NOTES: Classifiers note the frequency, detail (both audio and visual), intensity, and context of any potentially controversial material
■PUT IN CONTEXT: Overall theme and intent of the film is the most important factor in reaching the appropriate classification; each film is considered individually and as a whole, rather than as isolated portions taken out of context.
■DISCUSS: The individual assessments are used as a basis for lively, respectful discussion
■DECIDE: An appropriate age category and advisories when one or more elements of a film are considered to be more intense than might be expected in that rating category.
■DECREE: If consensus is lacking after discussion, the majority decision prevails. One classifier writes the Classification Report for this website and the rating is tweeted on @abfilmratings
Parents, guardians, and film patrons are expected to exercise individual responsibility and care when choosing movies for themselves and especially for their children.
Alberta Film Classification keeps records of:
- aspects of film production and distribution
- classification-related issues, such as controversial movies from around the world
- information on previous Alberta film classifications and reactions to ratings
Alberta Film Classification interacts with people who care about movies:
- filmmakers, festival organizers, theatre staff
- film distributors
- interest groups
- conversations in social and traditional media
- letters, telephone calls, workshops, and website feedback
Being aware of the cultural context for film content ensures that film classification decisions reflect the changing nature of the Alberta community.