Motion Pictures
Consumer Protection BC Releases MPA Administration Annual Report

{June 19, 2012} VICTORIA, BC – Consumer Protection BC is pleased to release the 2011 Annual Report: Administration of the Motion Picture Act (MPA). This report details the specific accomplishments Consumer Protection BC achieved in 2011 related to our responsibilities under the MPA.

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Simplified process for classifying ‘orphaned’ films

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN
Consumer Protection BC
Ministry of Justice

{June 7, 2012} VICTORIA – After consulting with movie theatre owners, associations and motion picture distributors, Consumer Protection BC is pleased to announce changes to the way they reclassify films that were previously classified and no longer have a distributor – otherwise known as ‘orphaned’ films.

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Title Transfer Update for General Release Distributors
{March 7, 2012} The exhibition of older films in theatres is becoming more common and we would like to clarify a few things regarding film approvals and title transfers.
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New Policy To Publish Enforcement Actions Reminder

This is a reminder of the notice published in October 2011 stating that Consumer Protection BC has implemented a new policy to publically share information about our licensing and enforcement actions.

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Digital Prints Now Accepted for Classification

{January 25, 2011} Consumer Protection BC is pleased to announce that we have installed a digital projector to accommodate film distributors. We will begin accepting digital prints for classification effective immediately.

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The Restricted Cougar Makes a Comeback

{November 21, 2011} It may have been a while since you have seen the iconic Restricted Cougar image. And did you know the cougar is actually from BC?  Today, Consumer Protection BC has re-released the old movie trailers from the 1970s and 1980s.

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Motion Picture Act 2010 Annual Report

{November 3, 2011} VICTORIA, BC – Consumer Protection BC has released its 2010 Annual Report related to the Motion Picture Act.

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New Web Portal Launched for the Motion Picture industry

{January 17, 2012} VICTORIA BC – Consumer Protection BC is very pleased to announce the launch of www.filmratingsbc.ca, which links to our new motion picture industry portal. This new website portal, which co-exists with our larger Consumer Protection BC website, provides timely and relevant information for both consumers and licensed businesses. This includes the latest film classifications (ratings) for movies in the theater. You can now find all of our information in one location!

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Consumer Protection BC Offers Voluntary Home Video Classification

{February 17, 2011} VICTORIA, BC – Consumer Protection BC is enhancing its service delivery by providing licensed motion picture distributors with a voluntary classification service for home video products.

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Amendment to Film Classification Fee Waiver Policy

{January 13, 2011} VICTORIA, BC – Consumer Protection BC is making a change to our film classification fee waiver policy.

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New Licensing Fees in Effect in March

{January 10, 2011} VICTORIA, BC – After conducting industry consultations, Consumer Protection BC is adjusting the licence fees for motion picture distributors, video distributors, video retailers, adult film distributors, adult film retailers and theatres.

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Do You Know What You Are Watching?

{Dec. 2, 2010} VICTORIA, BC – The holiday season is a popular time for new releases at the theatre.  When you are deciding if a particular movie will be appropriate for you or your family, Consumer Protection BC wants to help you find out the correct movie rating and understand what it means.

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Film Classification In The News

{October 25, 2010} Our film classification departement was profiled in this past Sunday's Times Colonist, one of Victoria's newspapers. The articles talked about how movies are classified in British Columbia, descriptions of the different classifications and advisories, and information about our film education public education campaign.

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Fraud Prevention Month Case Studies

What would you do?  Throughout the month of March we have been sharing our “What Would You Do?” columns to raise consumer awareness during Fraud Prevention Month. Each of our consumer case studies begin with a specific consumer situation, continues with how we might handle such a situation and ends with tips for consumers.

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New Policy To Publish Enforcement Actions

{October 14, 2011} VICTORIA, BC – Consumer Protection BC has implemented a new policy to publically share information about our licensing and enforcement actions.

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New Administrative Penalty Policy

{July 5, 2011} VICTORIA, BC - Consumer Protection BC is informing our licensed industries of a new policy on the use of financial sanctions, referred to as administrative penalties, for licensed businesses that fail an inspection.

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New Licensing Fees in Effect as of January

{September 24, 2010} VICTORIA, BC – After conducting industry consultations, Consumer Protection BC is adjusting the licence fees for several of our licensed industries and occupations.   The new fees will come into effect on January 1, 2011.

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We want to hear about your consumer issues!

{August 23, 2010}  VICTORIA, BC - Consumer Protection  BC wants to hear about the issues of BC consumers.  We have just posted a consumer survey on our website that gives members of the public the opportunity to share their experiences with us.

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Consumer Protection BC Wants YOU - Deadline Extended!

{July 12, 2010} VICTORIA, BC - Consumer Protection BC is seeking industry members and consumers to serve on our industry advisory groups.

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