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Here are our popular website articles written by BBFC staff. Like the Case Studies they delve in to key issues, films, initiatives, historical moments and offer insight into how the BBFC has responded to different events and changes in the film and media landscape.


What isn't classified: What parents need to know


When you buy or rent a video for you and your family, most of the time you’ll find a BBFC age rating on the box, alongside BBFCinsight- content advice which tells you in a few words what you can expect to find on the DVD in terms of issues such as sex, violence, bad language, horror, drug misuse...

What about video game ratings?


There is a wide and varied selection of games suitable for all the family, but there remains some confusion amongst parents as to which games are suitable for the family and how these can be identified.A recent Ukie survey found:· Only 2 in 5 parents say they only buy games that are the correct...

BBFC Christmas BBFCinsight competition


We’ve hidden the film titles, some of the BBFCinsight and some character names. See if you can use the new BBFC website to help check your guesses for all seven film clues.Send your answers by email to by Saturday 5 January.

Secondary National Schools Film Week 2012


In our centenary year BBFC is again proud to work with Film Education on National Schools Film Week

BBFC Black Card Competition Winner Announced!


10 year old Jason Bangar from Birmingham was named the winner of our children's Centenary Competition this summerHe will have his BBFC Black Card design shown ahead of every cinema screening of summer blockbuster Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog

BBFC expands its media literacy and education programme


Using the BBFC's Centenary as a platform for debate, the BBFC is expanding its media literacy and education programme during 2012.  In addition to the BBFC's well established programme of school, college and university seminars, the BBFC is working with film industry and education partners to...

Have your say in Film Education's Young Film Critic Competition


The competition aims to encourage young people to be active participants in and critical commentators on the cinema experience.  By building on the excitement and enjoyment of watching a film on the big screen the competition develops children’ ability to reflect on what they watch.  Nominees are...

Stepping back in time - Celebrating 100 years of the BBFC


This year BBFC is 100 years old. To mark the centenary we are bringing back several of our historical black cards.The theatrical black cards are the cards that filmgoers have always seen on the cinema screen before the film starts. They include the classification symbol, the film title and the...

A Blast From the Past - The Problems of Censorship in 1935


In 1935, Edward Shortt, President of the British Board of Film Censors (as the BBFC was known until its name was changed in 1984) delivered a paper called 'Problems of Censorship' at the Cinematograph Exhibitors' Association (CEA).  The CEA is a body that represents the large majority of UK...

Same Difference? - A Comparison of the British and American film and DVD Rating Systems


The American film industry is a dominant presence in the cultural life of UK citizens. By the time many British movie fans become adults, they are likely to have seen far more films from the United States than from any other country, including the United Kingdom. But do we watch these movies at...