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BBFC Tariff Changes effective from 1 January 2015

Date 27/11/2014

Having consulted the DCMS, we will be raising our fees for the first time in seven years on 1 January 2015.  We have not increased our fees since 2007. This is equivalent to a 19% reduction in real terms in the cost of BBFC services over that period. We sustained these savings by improving the efficiency of our systems and reducing our operating costs, and at the same time we have vastly improved our turnaround times. 

To maintain and improve these levels of service, we will make small, sub-inflation annual increases starting in 2015, with the aim of minimising the impact on film and video industries. The model we will use for our statutory work is RPI minus 1%. Using the September 2014 RPI figure of 2.3%, as published by the Office for National Statistics, the fees will therefore rise by 1.3% on 1 January 2015. 

We will also be changing our tariff for non-statutory work and for other services. You can find a full breakdown in the table below, and we have also detailed it here.

Please note that these new charges will affect all submissions for which the media item is delivered on or after 1 January 2015.

We will review this annual fee increase formula after three years.

  BBFC Fee Tariff - effective 1 January 2015 

Type of work
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2015 Fee
..................................................
Current fee
...................................
Change
.............
For a 100 minute work
Theatrical 
Submission fee: £101.50
+ per-minute fee: £7.09*
Submission fee: £100
+ per-minute fee: £7*
+£10.50
Video 
(Features, trailers and advertisements)
Submission fee: £76
+ per-minute fee: £6.08*
Submission fee: £75
+ per-minute fee: £6*
+£9
VOD
(Watch & Rate for digital-only ratings)
Submission fee: £22
+ per-minute fee:  £2.75*
Submission fee:     £20
+ per-minute fee: £2.50*
+£27
Overview of Pre-Booking Express (PBE) Fees 
Decisions within two working days of receving your submission, content and payment
  - Running times for any PBE work are rounded up to the nearest 15 minutes
  - Works under 5 minutes are rounded up to 5 minutes
  - This is for scheduling purposes
  - Limited slots available
  - Not available for student films
Type of Work2015 FeeCurrent FeeChange
For a 100 minute work
Theatrical
20% uplift on this fee:
Submission fee: £101.50
+ per-minute fee: £7.09*
20% uplift on this fee:
Submission fee: £100
+ per-minute fee: £7*
+£13.14
Video
(Features, trailers and advertisements)
10% uplift on this fee: Submission fee: £76
+ per-minute fee: £6.08*
10% uplift on this fee:
Submission fee: £75
+ per-minute fee: £6*
+£10.34
VOD
(Watch & Rate for digital-only ratings)
10% uplift on this fee:
Submission fee: £22
+ per-minute fee: £2.75*
10% uplift on this fee:
Submission fee: £20
+ per-minute fee: £2.50*
+£31.07
See note above on running time calculation.
Advice Services 
Type of Work2015 FeeCurrent FeeChange
For a 100 minute work
Any Advice Viewing
(Theatrical, Video and VOD)
Submission fee: £76
+ per-minute fee:   £5.32*
75% of standard viewing fee
+£8
Script Advice
Per page: £7.09
(Minimum fee:   £101.50)
Per page: £7.00
(Minimum fee: £100)
N/A
Comparison based on advice viewing for theatrical
Theatrical Fees
Type of Work2015 FeeCurrent FeeChange
For a 100 minute work
Standard work
Submission fee: £101.50
+ per-minute fee: £7.09*
Submission fee: £100
+ per-minute fee: £7*
+£10.50
Withdrawal Fees (Including cancellations and rescheduling)
These fees are only levied for withdrawals and cancellations made under certain conditions.
Full details of these can be found here.
Film trailer
£50 withdrawal fee
No charge
+£50
Standard Film work
(incl. PBE works)
£200 withdrawal fee
£100 withdrawal fee
+£100
All other withdrawals/
cancellations
£100 withdrawal fee
£100 withdrawal fee
£0
Other Theatrical Fees
Content-identical 2D version of classified 3D
50% of the standard fee
50% of the standard fee
+£5.25
DCP file containing both 3D and 2D versions for classification
3D version: 
fee for standard theatrical work (incl. per-minute fees)
 
2D version:
plus an additional £101.50
3D version: 
fee for standard theatrical work (incl. per-minute fees)
 
2D version:
plus an additional £100
+£12
As Live
£101.50
£100
+£1.50
Student Short Films
Running time:
 
0-20 minutes: £50.50
21-40 minutes £101.50
Running time:
 
0-20 minutes: £50
21-40 minutes: £100
N/A
Modern Film Classification for films classified:
Prior to 1 Nov 1982
75% of standard fee
50% of standard fee
+£207.88
From 1 Nov 1982 to
31 July 1989
75% of standard fee
50% of standard fee
+£207.88
From 1 Aug 1989 onwards
Where a viewing is needed
50% of standard fee
50% of standard fee
+£5.25
Charged at full standard rate if the film contains previous cuts or additional material
1  Aug 1989 onwards
Where a viewing is not needed £101.50
£100
+£1.50
Where a film is confirmed as identical and does not need a viewing
Charity rate - standard work
30% of standard fee
30% of standard fee
+£3.15
Video Fees
Type of Work2015 FeeCurrent FeeChange
For a 100 minute work
Standard work
Submission fee: £76
+ per-minute fee: £6.08*
Submission fee: £75
+ per-minute fee: £6*
+£9
Withdrawal Fees (incl. cancellations and rescheduling)
These fees are only levied for withdrawals and cancellations made under certain conditions.
Full details of these can be found here.
PBE Video works£200 withdrawal fee£100 withdrawal fee+£100
All other withdrawals/
cancellations
£100 withdrawal fee£100 withdrawal fee£0
Other Video Fees
Video - identical content of theatrical feature75% of standard fee75% of standard fee
+£6.75
Packaging/
resubmision
£25£25
£0
Change of distribution/ Technical comparison
Submission fee: £76
+ fee for works over 25 minutes: £152
Submission fee: £75
+ fee for works over 25 minutes: £150
+£3
Video work previously rated under W&R1
Standard Video fee minus the original Watch & Rate fee2

 

Standard Video fee minus the original Watch & Rate fee2. 
Composite Video works that includes elements previously rated under W&R1
Standard Video fee minus ONE Watch & Rate submission fee and the combined per minute fees2.Standard Video fee minus the original Watch & Rate fee2 
1where the work is identical and is in the BBFC archive.
2Any original PBE fees are not discounted.
Charity rate video
30% of standard rate30% of standard rate+£2.70
Reactivation£152£150+£2
Other Fees
Type of Work2015 FeeCurrent FeeChange
For a 100 minute work
Video game works
Submission fee: £76
+ per-minute fee: £5.32
75% of standard video fee+£6.75
Classification of linear content including TV material created for video games; video rewards for completing certain tasks or levels within a game; or other video content which does not contribute to the narrative drive of the video game will be submitted by the VSC on behalf of games publishers.
Digital Fees
Type of Work2015 FeeCurrent FeeChange
For a 100 minute work
Standard VOD work
(Watch & Rate for digital only ratings)
Submission fee: £22
+ per-minute fee: £2.75*
Submission fee: £20
+ per-minute fee: £2.50*
+£27
Pre-booking Express (PBE) - Faster turnaround
10% uplift on this fee:
Submission fee: £22
+ per-minute fee: £2.75*
10% uplift on this fee:
Submission fee: £20
+ per-minute fee: £2.50*
+£31.08
All running times are rounded up to the nearest 15 minutes; works under 5 minutes rounded up to 5 minutes.
See note above on running time calculation.
Charity RatePlease note we do not offer a charity discount for Watch & Rate works. 
Technical comparison
£152 + £22 fixed fee£150 + £20 fixed fee
+£4
Distributor change
BBFC Digital Services - Annual License Fee
There are no changes for this tariff.
Based upon estimated number of BBFC-rated titles live on service over the annual period:
 
Up to 100 titles: 
101 to 250 titles:
251 to 1,000 titles: 
1,000 to 5,000 titles:
More than 5000 titles:
No fee
£500 p.a.
£1000 p.a.
£2000 p.a.
£4000 p.a.
Licence runs from 1 January to 31 December.
Those joining outside January are charged a pro-rata fee.
All fees are subject to VAT if applicable.
*Per minute for full length work

 

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