Age categories and censorship

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Movies just before the release shall be subjected to the classification in terms of availability for specific age groups – by receiving the age categories. It affects the potential size of the audience, who can see the film in theaters. The higher the category the less the audience your movie can reach.

The film may receive one of the following categories:

  • 0+ – without restrictions
  • 12+ – from 12 years
  • 15+ – from 15 years
  • 18+ – from 18 years

The allocation to the appropriate age category depends on two main parameters: the amount of violence and sex in film. But these are not the only criteria. It is also important to complete and target (target group).

This means, that ambitious movies may not be intended for viewers without age restrictions. The most common these talk about topics too complex for young viewers. The minimum age category for such a film is 12+. The same is true with artistic movies, that can be understand only by older viewers. Hence, in case of artistic films, the minimum age is 15+.

In case of ending of the film the following rules apply. Film with a tragic ending will not be able to be without restrictions. The minimum age category for them is 12+.

Censorship

Prior to the release the producer receives the information about the age category to which his film was assigned. However the player has the ability to censor his work. Censorship reduce the amount of sex and/or violence, to fit to the lower age category (by one degree).

However target, ending and level of script shall not be changed. Therefore, despite censorship and cut scenes with excessive sex or violence the film may remain at the same level as regards the age category.

Sometimes, the producer may use this to his advantage (for example,: bought or has such a scenario) and though he thought, some of its parameters are too extreme it could not modify them himself.

Why can't I set the age at the time of production of the film? The entire process of creating a film should be a player's thoughtful. Therefore, already at the stage of creating the scenario the player should decide what the public wants the video channel. It shall take appropriate decisions on the amount of violence and sex, as well as the end of the movie. They are mainly determine the audience for which the production will be directed. At the production stage of the film remains only to decide the final target group.

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