CAA Copy Clearance FAQ’s
We accept video files up to 100MB in any of the following file formats: MP4, MOV, MPEG, AVI. We accept word and .pdf files for scripts/storyboard submissions.
The BBFC deregulated from cinema advertising in 2016 meaning not every advertisement needs to be submitted for BBFC classification. All cinema advertisements must be approved by The CAA.
The BBFC do still classify the following criteria of cinema advertisement:
- Registered charities
- Government advertisements (local councils, NHS, TFL, Police Federation adverts and this also includes government tourist boards for other countries)
Or an advertisement that features clips from or is a trailer for:
- Streaming service content; drama/film (Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Now TV etc)
- Theatrical film release
- Television drama/series
Payment is required to both The CAA & BBFC if the advert contains any scenes from streaming services, movies or any other theatrical release. If you are submitting a charity and/or public information advertisement, The CAA do not require payment – but the BBFC do. Please contact them directly for their fees at [email protected].
The CAA and the BBFC are separate regulatory bodies following different guidelines and regulations therefore, on occasion their age-restrictions may not match. When this occurs, the higher restriction is the restriction the advertisement must run with. CAA and BBFC age-restrictions/classifications are irrespective of the other.
Please note the BBFC only classify certain criteria of cinema advertisement. For further information on BBFC submission please see further down on this FAQ page for the BBFC section.
For more info on the CAA and BBFC dual classification system, please see relevant information here: https://cinemaadvertisingassociation.co.uk/the-bbfc-and-caa-relationship/.
Still unsure? Please contact [email protected] directly and we will be happy to advise you.
The CAA Copy Panel do not charge registered charities for CAA clearance. Please ensure you input your registered charity number when prompted on the submission form. Please ensure you submit your advertisement to The CAA and the BBFC. The BBFC do charge but have reduced rates for charities. Please contact the BBFC directly for any payment queries; [email protected]
Please upload your content in any of the following formats; MP4, MOV, MPEG, AVI, FLV. Guide file size is 100MB. We do not accept DCP’s for submission upload.
The BBFC deregulated cinema advertising in 2016, meaning they no longer classify all advertisements exhibited in cinemas. For more information on the BBFC / CAA deregulation please see here. The BBFC only classify content within the advertising reel they deem is an ‘public information campaigning film’.