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:
It is an offence to allow underage people into a restricted film.
It is the cinema operator's responsibility to train staff in an appropriate age-verification policy. We advise a common sense approach. For example, if a person looks like he or she could be of legal age to view a film but cannot produce ID, a verbal verification of their age from an accompanying parent or adult guardian might be acceptable. You should also decide whether or not staff can accept non-photo ID, and advise patrons of ID requirements.
If ID is required, it should be requested when a ticket is purchased, and it could also be requested at the door where the restricted film is showing. An underage patron can be refused entry at any point.
To help both staff and customers understand classification labels on DVDs, films and games, the Classification Office has created a new Red Means Restricted flyer.
If you would like us to send you some pads (100 sheets per pad), please contact the Information Unit.
Classification symbols and descriptive notes for films must be clearly displayed in the lobby of the premises or (if applicable) outside the entrance to the room in which the film is screening.
This information must be on display at all times while the premises are open to the public.
The classification and descriptive note information can be displayed by means of:
Contact the Film and Video Labelling Body for official New Zealand labels.
Information about what the classification symbols mean must be displayed on a poster in the lobby of the premises or at the entrance where films are exhibited, and must be displayed at all times while the premises are open to the public.
The Classification Office can send you the required poster free of charge. Posters come in A2 and A3 sizes. If you need a poster, please contact the Information Unit.
Some trailers are classified as restricted, and so they can only be screened with films that carry the same restriction or higher.
Industry guidelines about screening trailers have been issued by the Film and Video Labelling Body and the Motion Picture Distributors' Association of New Zealand. It is standard practice for cinemas to follow the agreed guidelines, as screening inappropriate trailers can have a negative effect on your audience.
When deciding on which trailers to play, the guidelines recommend that you consider the following:
A general recommendation is to match the trailer to the likely audience and to the main feature the trailer accompanies. For a copy of the industry guidelines about selecting appropriate trailers, contact the Film and Video Labelling Body.