Film Certificates


U-40pxIt is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child but a ‘U’ film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over. Not all U films are aimed at children, but may be rated U because they contain no material likely to offend or harm.

Legally a child of any age may view a U film.

‘PG’ Parental Guidance

PG-40pxPG films are suitable for general viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children.

Legally a child of any age may view a PG film.


12A-40pxTo see a 12A film, any under-12s must be accompanied by an adult. Films rated 12A are not recommended for children under 12. Please read the BBFC Insight to see if the film is suitable for your child. This will tell you about key aspects of the film like violence, language, sex and horror.

Children aged 12 and over may see a 12A film unaccompanied.


12A As LiveThis as live certificate has been provided for cinema exhibition on the basis of information provided by the distributor and without the material being viewed prior to exhibition. Suitable for 12 years and over. No-one younger than 12 may see a ’12A AS LIVE’ presentation in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. Responsibility for allowing under-12s to view lies with the accompanying or supervising adult.


15-40pxNo-one under 15 is allowed to see a 15 film at the cinema. A cinema may lose its licence if it admits children under 15 to a 15 rated film.

No theme in a 15 rated film is prohibited, provided the treatment is appropriate for 15-year-olds and any dangerous or illegal behaviour is not endorsed or promoted by the film.


18-40pxFilms rated 18 are for adults. No-one under 18 is allowed to see an 18 film at the cinema. A cinema may lose its licence if children under 18 are admitted to an 18 rated film.

No theme is prohibited at 18. Adults are free to choose their own entertainment within the law, so it is possible some themes tackled at 18 may be offensive even to some adult viewers.

The F-Rating

Developed by FilmBath (previously Bath Film Festival), the F-Rating is a film rating which highlights films made by and featuring women.
Any film that answers yes to one of these questions is awarded the F- Rating stamp of approval:
     1. Does it have a female director?
2. Is it written by a woman?
If a film answers yes to BOTH these questions AND features significant female characters on screen in their own right, then it is awarded a TRIPLE F-Rating, the gold standard.
The aims of the F-Rating are:
1.      To champion women in film and highlight the fantastic work they are doing.
2.      To encourage conversation around who tells the stories we see on screen – and whether that matters.
3.      To act like a Fairtrade stamp, giving the audience an opportunity to #VoteWithYourSeat, and support women in film.