Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 2024

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Source-This post on Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 2024 is based on the article “New CBFC rules include age-related categories, more women representation, access for disabled” published in “Hindustan Times” on 16th March 2024.

Why in the News?

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has introduced new Cinematograph (Certification) Rules for 2024. These rules will replace the old rules from 1983.

These rules are based on the Cinematograph (Amendment) Act, 2023, which modified the Cinematograph Act, 1952.

About Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 2024

Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 2024
Source- Hindustan Times

Aim– These rules aim to address film certification concerns. They have been updated to fit online certification processes, improving transparency and efficiency.

Key aspects of the new rules:

1. Age-based certification:
a. The UA category now offers sub-categories like UA 7+, UA 13+, and UA 16+ to aid parents in determining a film’s suitability for their children.
b. The older certification categories—U (Universal), A (Adult Only), and S (for specific groups)—will remain unchanged.
c. These updates align with the recommendations of the Shyam Benegal committee from 2017.

2. Reduced certification time-The new rules streamline film certification by going fully digital, with a provision for “priority screening” for urgent cases. This would enhance transparency and impartiality.

3. Increased representation for Women– The new rules mandate increased representation of women in the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and Advisory Panels. It is specified that one-third of the Board members must be women.

4. Accessibility for disabledMovies/feature films must incorporate accessibility features for certification to ensure inclusivity for disabled individuals.

5. Perpetual validity of CBFC certificates– CBFC certificates will have Perpetual validity, removing the previous 10-year limit. Recertification will only be needed for edited films aired on television.

6. Compliance TimelineFilms in more than one language must adhere to the rules within six months, while others have two years. From January 1, 2025, films submitted to events like the National Film Awards and International Film Festival must also follow the guidelines.

About Cinematograph (Amendment) Act, 2023

1. The Cinematograph (Amendment) Act of 2023, which amended the Cinematograph Act of 1952, was passed in 2023.

2. It introduces stricter penalties for piracy. These include imprisonment ranging from three months to three years, as well as fines ranging from three lakh rupees to 5% of the audited gross production cost.

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