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Pre-booking express

Pre-Booking Express (PBE) is a fast-track service where customers can pre-book a viewing slot for a work and receive a category decision at an agreed time.

What can/can't I submit?

You can submit Theatrical, VRA and Digital Video (Watch & Rate) works for PBE. All works are subject to the standard technical requirements. The content of the works you submit for PBE should be straightforward to classify and uncontroversial in nature. We are unlikely to be able to accept into the PBE service works that raise novel or difficult classification or legal issues.

How do I make a booking?

In order to make a booking please make an entry on our extranet service

If you do not have an account you may request one here.

You must select either an AM or a PM session. You can book PBE for Theatrical works up to midday the day before your ideal viewing day. For VRA and Watch & Rate works, you can make a PBE booking for any future date as long as you give us at least two working days’ notice between booking and the viewing slot itself.

Premium PBE

For VRA works, Watch & Rate works and theatrical trailers, we offer a Premium PBE service. This service offers an ideal solution for any last-minute submissions by providing 180 Premium PBE minutes for VRA/Watch & Rate works and space for six Premium PBE theatrical trailers each afternoon. A major benefit of Premium PBE over regular PBE is that Premium PBE slots open for booking at 9am one working day before the viewing. This means that, subject to availability, you will be able to submit your work up to 5pm for a viewing the next working day.

VRA/Watch & Rate works for Premium PBE must be:

  • non-contentious, linear material,
  • a maximum of 180 minutes' running time,
  • booked in between 9am and 5pm the working day before the viewing,
  • delivered and paid for by 9.30am on the day of the viewing.

We are trialling the theatrical trailer Premium PBE service from 16 October 2017 for an initial period of six months. Theatrical trailers for Premium PBE must be:

  • non-contentious, linear material,
  • a maximum of 5 minutes' running time,
  • booked in between 9am and 5pm the working day before the viewing,
  • to be viewed on our premises,
  • paid for by 9.30am on the day of the viewing, and
  • delivered by 11.30am on the day of the viewing.

We allocate all PBE and Premium PBE slots on a first-come, first-served basis. These express services do not compromise the turnaround times for our standard (non-PBE) classification service.


When do I need to send my work in?

• PBE bookings starting in an AM session: 3pm the working day before that session (or 4pm for works of 5 minutes or less).
• PBE and Premium PBE bookings starting in a PM session: 9.30am on the day of that session (or 11am for works of 5 minutes or less).

If we do not receive media items by these deadlines, we will cancel your PBE or Premium PBE booking and charge a withdrawal fee.

For theatrical works examined at an external screening room, delivery times may depend on submission format. Please note, bookings for non-English language works are subject to the availability of suitable interpreters.

How much does it cost?

PBE and Premium PBE attract higher fees than standard submissions. You can find details of fees and service charges here.
Please note also the withdrawal fees for regular PBE and Premium PBE.

When do I get a decision?

As long as a work is suitable for the PBE service, we will make the classification details available on the Extranet according to the following deadlines:

• PBE works being examined in an AM session: 2pm the same day.
• PBE and Premium PBE works being examined in a PM session: 6pm the same day.
• If a regular PBE work has a running time that requires it to be examined across more than one PBE viewing slot, the decision will be delivered at the deadline relevant to the last viewing slot.

Please note that if we find, in the course of examining a PBE or Premium PBE work, that it is unsuitable for the PBE service in accordance with our stated criteria, we will transfer the work into the standard submission process but we reserve the right to charge the PBE fee. We will notify you by the relevant PBE deadline if this is the case, and after that, all deadlines for delivering a category decision for this submission will be null and void.

Further information

For further details of our PBE services, please download the guide below.

If you are unsure if your work is suitable to be processed as PBE or Premium PBE, or if you have any other questions regarding these services, please contact the customer helpline for advice.

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