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As Live

 'As Live' events include content other than traditional cinema films such as stage or sporting events which are projected in cinemas. A model for labelling such content has been developed which is based on a judgement that the public will accept a slightly lighter touch regulatory regime in relation to ‘as live’ transmissions.

What can/can't I submit?

Live transmissions sit outside the scope of the Licensing Act 2003 but any delayed exhibition (or ‘as live’ exhibition) of moving pictures of a live event is caught, even if the delay is only a few minutes.

To qualify as 'As Live' an event must have taken place within the past 7 days.

Due to the nature of an 'As Live' event, there is no footage to submit however submitting companies must submit the following information to us about the As Live performance:

  • the company information
  • the title of the live performance (ie the title to be used when the performance is shown in cinemas)
  • the date of the live performance (this could be in the future)
  • the nature of the live performance (eg opera, boxing match, play, pop concert, ballet, etc)
  • details of any restrictions applying to children attending the live event, ie children under [x years] not admitted
  • details of any content (as per the list on the submission form) that may cause a work to require a rating higher than 12A

How do I submit?

Submissions should be made via the BBFC extranet.

If you do not have an account you may request one

How much does it cost?

Full details are available here.

Is there anything else I need to consider?

Once registration is complete we will provide you with a “white card” to be displayed in cinemas showing the performance. The white card will include the age-related symbol (12A, 15 or 18). The As Live white card should be on screen for a minimum of eight seconds in the appropriate slot prior to the screening of the As Live event.

Download the full scheme rules here:

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