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Information for Industry

This section of the website contains information about the classification system requirements for people supplying, selling and exhibiting publications (e.g. films, games, adult magazines) to New Zealanders.

Information in this section of the website is targeted at:

  • DVD and game retailers
  • Filmmakers
  • Film and game distributors
  • Film festival organisers
  • Cinema operators
  • Suppliers of restricted books and magazines

How to submit films and games for classification

Films and restricted games must have a New Zealand classification label before they are supplied or exhibited to the public. Topics covered on this page include:

  • How to get a film or game classified or rated
  • How to get a label

Read more about How to submit films and games for classification

Exemptions from labelling requirements

Some types of unrestricted films and all unrestricted games are exempt from New Zealand's classification and labelling requirements. The information on this page will help you decide if your film or game is exempt.

The labelling exemptions fall into three broad categories:

  • Exemptions for specific types of films
  • Exemptions for unrestricted games
  • Exemptions for trade screenings of films

Read more about Exemptions from labelling requirements

Exhibiting films to the public

This information is for cinema operators and anyone intending to exhibit a film to members of the New Zealand public. This page explains the things you must do to comply with New Zealand's classification law.

Topics covered:

  • Enforcing restrictions at the cinema
  • Classification information you must display
  • Screening appropriate trailers

Read more about Exhibiting films to the public

Film festival film classification

This page contains information for people organising film festivals in New Zealand, including:

  • Getting films classified
  • Applying for reduced classification fees

Read more about Film festival film classification

Selling or hiring out films and games

Retailers selling or hiring out films and games to the public must comply with New Zealand's classification law. This page explains the five things you must do in order to comply:

  • Do not sell restricted films or games to underage people
  • Display classification information on DVDs and games
  • Display a poster that explains the classification symbols at the point-of-sale
  • Follow any display conditions on slicks or posters (or any other advertising material)
  • Do not play restricted films, games or trailers where underage people might could view them

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Films and games supplied online

This page explains what is required for films and games supplied to New Zealanders via download/streaming services, and how to obtain digital labels for display online. Topics covered:

  • New Zealanders want to see official classifications
  • Displaying official classifications for online films and games

Read more about Films and games supplied online

Supplying restricted books and magazines

Topics covered on this page include:

  • What to do about potentially restricted or objectionable books or magazines
  • Labelling and display of restricted publications by the supplier or distributor
  • How to submit a book or magazine for classification
  • Getting labels for a series of magazines
  • Providing restricted access areas in-store

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Advertising classifications of films and games

Find out about minimum requirements for:

  • Print advertising
  • Cinema and TV advertising
  • Radio advertising

Read more about Advertising classifications of films and games

Getting a classification decision reviewed

There are two ways you can get a classification decision reviewed:

  • By the Film and Literature Board of Review
  • By the Classification Office

Read more about Getting a classification decision reviewed

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