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Motion Pictures

Posted on:
11 July 2017
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Two of my favourite colleagues retired recently. Please join me in taking a moment to remember their outstanding service.

In 2012, after more than 100 years of 35mm film, the movie industry converted to digital. BC theatres quickly installed digital projectors, and distributors stopped submitting 35mm films to us for classification. This meant the end of the road for our two 35mm projectors.

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Motion Pictures

Posted on:
10 April 2017
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Written by Consumer Protection BC’s motion picture classification department

If you’ve ever gone to the movies in British Columbia and wondered where the G, PG, 14A or 18A came from, then you’ve come to the right place! Our classification work is mandated by the Motion Picture Act. Our team of trained classifiers review all motion pictures publicly exhibited in BC theatres.

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Motion Pictures

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07 December 2015
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Written by Consumer Protection BC’s Motion Picture Classification department

Often people don’t realize that we review and classify motion pictures that are exhibited in BC. We have a team of dedicated staff at Consumer Protection BC who review motion pictures. The law that speaks to this is called the Motion Picture Act. The fundamental public service of motion picture classification in BC has remained intact since its inception. Its practice, however, has evolved with changes in community standards and advances in education and technology.

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Motion Pictures

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08 September 2015
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If you are taking your kids to a movie, do you usually check to see how the movie is rated and if there are any advisories? I sometimes take my niece or teen cousin to the movies and until I started working at Consumer Protection BC, I didn’t really understand what each rating meant. In this blog, I’ll show you how you can make an informed decision about a movie so that your whole party will enjoy the experience.

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Motion Pictures

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14 July 2014
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As you may already know, Consumer Protection BC is responsible for classifying all films and trailers you see in British Columbia theatres (in addition to regulating and licensing video retailers and distributors). Every now and then, we get asked about video game ratings. Although this is not an area that falls under our responsibility, please keep reading to learn who assigns these ratings, who to contact with questions and, as a bonus, how to assign parental controls on various gaming systems.

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Motion Pictures

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19 February 2013
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If you’re a movie buff who has already set the PVR to record Sunday’s Oscars, you may be curious to learn a bit more about the Restricted Cougar – an iconic symbol of movies and entertainment that was created in BC more than 50 years ago.

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Motion Pictures

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26 September 2011
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The movie classifications (a.k.a ratings) with the “A” attached to them are often misunderstood by movie-goers.  Of the six classification categories in British Columbia, two of them require Adult Accompaniment (14A and 18A).

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Motion Pictures

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26 April 2011
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You may not know that Consumer Protection BC approves adult films and videos in the province of BC.  We do this as part of our responsibilities under the Motion Picture Act, which is a law in BC created by government.  We perform a variety of activities under this legislation that helps restrict access to adult films and videos by younger audiences.

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Motion Pictures

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21 April 2011
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As my little cousin’s birthday is coming up, I wanted to take her to the movies.  If you have kids, you are probably aware that there is a new animated movie about Easter that has been released called “Hop”.  The movie seems geared towards children, it looks pretty cute and I’m sure I’ll get few good laughs out of it as well (not to mention that I love animations and Disney films).

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Motion Pictures

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22 March 2011
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Ever wonder how movies get those ratings like “G” or “PG”?  Did you know that the “ratings” are actually called classifications?

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