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Community Film Exhibitions Update

December 24, 2013

On 19 December 2013 the Government published its Response to the Consultation on Community Film Exhibition. In light of the 48 responses, most of which favoured DCMS’ Preferred Option, the Government will exempt from entertainment licensing ‘not for profit’ film exhibitions on community premises. 

However, as part of this deregulation the government also proposes to deregulate the exhibition of film which is incidental to an activity which is not itself regulated entertainment. A specific example given in the response is pre-recorded music videos forming part of a karaoke performance. Guidance will be issued to licensing authorities to assist in determining whether or not film is ‘incidental’ to another activity. This should mean that licensed premises which only show music videos in the corner of their bar will have one less box to tick on the application form.

The incidental film deregulation is intended to be included in the Legislative Reform Order dealing with, amongst other things, an increase in the live and recorded music exemptions to an audience of 500 between 08:00 to 23:00. If that is the case, then it is anticipated that the incidental films exemption, together with the community films deregulation should come into force around Spring 2014 in accordance with the government’s proposed timetable for the wider deregulation.