Theatres & Distributors

Theatres

  • are required by Alberta law to display accurate Alberta classifications at point of sale
  • must enforce the age and accompaniment restrictions assigned by Alberta Film Classification
  • work with Alberta Film Classification to inform the public about Alberta's classification system
  • are encouraged to direct all classification concerns from patrons to Alberta Film Classification

Promotional materials that inform patrons about Alberta's classification system are available from Alberta Film Classification on request.

Distributors

  • provide films, trailers, and commercials to Alberta's theatres
  • are required to apply to Alberta Film Classification for a license to distribute films within the province

Application For Distributors License

Distribution License Fees

Type

Cost

Annual License (January 1 – December 31)

$450

Pro-Rated Monthly License

Fees are assessed on screening dates. Please contact the AFC office for more information.

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Film distributors are responsible for providing their films, trailers, and commercials to Alberta Film Classification for classification prior to exhibition. Film distributors who wish to submit a film, trailer, or commercial for classification must complete a Request for Feature form or Request for Trailer form.

Classification Fees

Type

Cost

Features

  • $2 per minute for the first copy of a film
  • Subsequent feature copies are charged $1 per minute for each copy distributed in the province.

Trailers

  • $10/trailer
  •  Subsequent trailer copies are charged $10 per copy. 

Request For Feature Form | Request For Trailer Form

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Reconsideration

Film distributors who believe that a rating assigned by Alberta Film Classification is unduly restrictive or inconsistent with ratings determined by other Canadian boards may request to have the original classification decision reviewed. This process begins by submitting a Film Rating Reconsideration.