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Community Film Exhibition Consultation Launched

July 10, 2013

The Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has issued a consultation aimed at partially deregulating the showing of films in ‘community premises’. The latest drive in what  government spokesman Lord Gardiner of Kimble described in the House of Lords as “removing any regulation that unnecessarily restricted creativity, community expression, sporting participation and economic growth” essentially gives consultees two choices. To leave the current system unchanged or to remove the requirement for a licence for film exhibition in ‘community premises’ where the exhibition: 

  • Takes place between 08:00 and 23:00 hours
  • Is ‘not for profit’ 
  • Takes place to audiences of 500 or less
  • Is held in accordance with any age classification recommendations set by the British Board of Film Classification, or where different, any age rating set by the Licensing Authority in whose area that exhibition takes place

“Community premises” are defined under the Licensing Act 2003.

In the foreword to the consultation Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Ed Vaizey says “Advances in technology have made film exhibition far easier than it was ten years ago, so we want to look at the barriers to successful community screenings. We’ve found many local screenings and film clubs stop before they start, halted by costs and bureaucracy.” Another question that arises within the document is whether the exhibition of film which is incidental to other entertainment activities should be removed from the requirement for licensing. The consultation closes on 28th August 2013.

Copies of the consultation document can be obtained from; http://bit.ly/12lKLPM

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