Government of Saskatchewan
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority

Before being allowed to distribute, sell, rent or publicly exhibit a film or video in Saskatchewan, every wholesale distributor, retail distributor or exhibitor must register with Saskatchewan's Film Classification Board (section 8).

Registrations are renewable annually (regulation 3(4)). The Board may refuse, suspend or cancel a registration, or make the registration subject to terms or conditions. It is an offence to distribute or exhibit a film without being appropriately registered (section 14).

There is currently no fee for a Saskatchewan registration.

Film and Video Registration Kit

Deemed Registration for Certain Wholesale Distributors

Where a wholesale distributor in the Saskatchewan market is required to classify films through the British Columbia Film Classification Office (see Getting a Film Classified), that distributor is required to be licensed with the British Columbia Film Classification Office. If a valid BC license contains an address for service in Saskatchewan, that licensed distributor is deemed to be registered in Saskatchewan and a further Saskatchewan registration is not required. (regulation 4, 5)

For BC licensing application forms, see http://www.consumerprotectionbc.ca/businesses-film-and-video-home

Advertising – Film and Video

The Film Classification Board has the authority to approve, prescribe or prohibit advertising content, and the manner in which such advertising is displayed. (regulation 18)

In exercising its authority pursuant to section 6 of the Act, the board considers whether the advertisement or display:

(a) contains the required classification information
(b) makes the required classification information clearly apparent to those who may view, purchase, rent, lease or exchange films; and
(c) contains material, images or content of a nature that, were they contained in a film, would preclude access by persons of a certain age.

Advertisers should ensure that the above considerations are met.

Adult Film And Videos – Including Retail Premises Requirements (regulation 18(2), regulation 14)

i) Definition

Ss 8(7) of The Film and Video Regulations reads:

(7) A film is to be classified as Adult where the film, in the opinion of the board, is not suitable for viewing by persons under 18 years of age because the film consists of any of the following:

(a) predominantly explicit sexual scenes;
(b) scenes of brutality or torture, maiming or dismemberment of persons or animals that are portrayed with a degree of reality and explicitness that would be tolerable to the community.

ii) Classification Required

All adult films must be classified or rated through the British Columbia Film Classification Office who acts as agent for the Saskatchewan Film Classification Board. The address for that office is:

British Columbia Film Classification Office
200 4946 Canada Way
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5G 4H7
Toll free 1 888 777- 4393
Web page http://www.bcfilmclass.com/

iii) Signage Requirements - No admittance to minors

A retail distributor who offers for sale, rent, lease or exchange only films classified as Adult shall display in a conspicuous manner at all entrances to his or her business premises a sign reading “No admittance to persons under age 18” and shall not admit a person under 18 years of age to the business premises.

iv) Adult Film Premises Requirements

A retail distributor who offers for sale, rent, lease or exchange films classified as Adult in addition to films in other classifications shall offer the Adult films in such a manner that:

(a) all advertising material on the business premises for films classified as Adult and the films themselves are physically segregated from persons under 18 years of age in a manner that is acceptable to the board;
(b) a person under 18 years of age is not admitted into the segregated area; and
(c) a restricted sign mentioned is to be displayed at every entrance to the adult film area.

v) Employees under age 18

Anyone who exhibits, sells, rents, leases or exchanges films classified as Adult shall not permit an employee under 18 years of age to handle or have access to films classified as Adult.

An exhibitor who exhibits films shall not permit an employee under 18 years of age to view a film classified as Restricted or Adult.

vi) Display of films for sale or rent

Every film intended for exhibition or distribution in Saskatchewan that is classified as Adult must:

(a) be approved as an Adult film pursuant to the Motion Picture Act (British Columbia); and
(b) have attached to each copy of the film a decal provided on payment of the prescribed fee pursuant to the Motion Picture Act (British Columbia).

vii) Adult Film Advertising

No advertisement for a film classified as Adult shall be placed, posted or exhibited on the business premises of a retail distributor who offers for sale, rent, lease or exchange only films classified as Adult so that the advertisement is visible to members of the public from outside the premises of the retail distributor.

No advertisement for a film classified as Adult shall be placed, posted or exhibited on the business premises of a retail distributor who offers for sale, rent, lease or exchange films classified as Adult in addition to films with other classifications so that the advertisement or a film classified as Adult is visible to customers in that part of the premises where films with other classifications are offered for sale, rent, lease or exchange.

Remember, before being allowed to distribute, sell, rent or publicly exhibit a film or video in Saskatchewan, every wholesale distributor, retail distributor or exhibitor must register with Saskatchewan's Film Classification Board (section 8).



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