Film Classification

In NZ, film classification is required by law under the Films, Videos & Publications Classifications Act 1993. Due to the high volume of films submitted, when tickets go on sale some films in the programme are still waiting to be classified. Until a film classification is received, a film will be considered R18 (unless it is clearly made for children) and only people over 18 will be able to purchase tickets. Film classifications will be added to the website as soon as they are available.

Important: If you purchase an adult ticket to this film for a person aged under 18 and the film later receives a rating to which they are legally excluded, that person will not be permitted into the screening and no refunds will be issued.

Child tickets (15 and under) to R13/RP13 classified films can only be purchased either with valid ID or by a parent at the box office. We regret these tickets cannot be purchased online or over the phone.

For more information please phone 04 385 0162.

Please find below a guide to the various classifications that a film may receive. Certificates showing a film's classification will be clearly displayed at festival venues, and will often have a note describing the nature of content in the film that may be of concern to viewers. Classifications can be found on the film pages of the website.

For more detailed information on film classification go to www.classificationoffice.govt.nz

Ratings and Classifications

G - Unrestricted

Anyone can be shown this.

PG - Unrestricted

Parental guidance may be needed for younger viewers.

M - Unrestricted

Recommended more suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. 

R13 - Restricted

It is illegal for anyone to show or sell this to someone under 13 years of age.

R15 - Restricted

It is illegal for anyone to show or sell this to someone under 15 years of age.

R16 - Restricted

It is illegal for anyone to show or sell this to someone under 16 years of age.

R18 - Restricted

It is illegal to show or sell this to someone under 18 years of age. 

RP13 - Restricted

It is illegal to show or sell this to someone under 13 years of age unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

RP16 - Restricted

It is illegal to show or sell this to someone under 16 years of age unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

R - Restricted

R means that there is a special restriction. Refer to the words on the right of the label for the full conditions.