Know your obligations
As a licensed distributor, retailer, or theatre, you must follow the law and ensure you maintain your good standing as a business. This page is a general overview of your obligations under the law, as well as our expectations. We recommend that you review the laws in detail, become aware of the municipal bylaws, and get independent legal advice, if necessary.
Read the Motion Picture Act.
Read the Motion Picture Act Regulations.
Understand all our corporate policies.
Ensure your motion pictures are classified
As a distributor, you are responsible for submitting your motion pictures (including trailers) to be classified (rated) before distributing them to theatres for exhibition.
As a theatre, you are responsible for ensuring that you only exhibit classified motion pictures (including trailers) on your screens.
Read the Motion Picture Act, section 2.
Ensure your Restricted or Adult DVDs are decaled
As an adult film distributor, you are responsible for submitting Restricted or Adult DVDs for review and for purchasing a decal for each copy that you intend to distribute to adult film retailers in BC or Saskatchewan.
As an adult film retailer, you are responsible for ensuring that only decaled copies of Restricted or Adult DVDs are sold or rented at each of your licensed locations.
Read the Motion Picture Act, section 3.
Submit your annual decal distribution report
Adult film distributors are required to submit an accountant’s report by March 31 of each year, detailing the adult film distributor’s books, records and accounts with respect to the purchase, transfer, sale, distribution and inventory of adult decals for the previous calendar year.
Read the Motion Picture Act Regulations, section 10(1).