The application for a review of film that will be shown to children under the age of 15 at a public gathering or public event.
Films shown to children under the age of 15 at a public gathering or a public event, such as a cinema, shall be reviewed by the Swedish Media Council. The Swedish Media Council reviews films in advance that are to be presented in public, decides on approval, often with certain age limits, and issues permit certificates that are to accompany each film copy. It is the distributor of the film that must apply for a film review.
There are exceptions from the review obligation. A film does not need to be reviewed if the presentation:
- is advertised with a 15-year age limit
- is broadcast in a TV programme covered by the constitutional freedom of speech act
- constitutes an advertisement for a good or service
- is arranged at a product trade fair, exhibition or sports event, unless the actual presentation constitutes a public gathering
- is shown within a museum as a part of the museum's normal exhibition activities and is a documentary presentation
- is a basic presentation that is created by children or young amateurs when it is shown at a film festival or other artistic or non-profit event that is primarily directed at children and adolescents
- only constitutes a reproduction of a public opera, theatre or musical performance or sports event
- An advance review of video and dvd that are sold or rented out is not compulsory.
Films (cinema films and video cassettes/DVDs) that are distributed in Sweden must have a responsible publisher, which is subject to certain requirements. In the film, it must be stated who the responsible publisher is.
The Swedish Media Council is the supervisory authority.
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The application must be sent to the Swedish Media Council. The application must include:
- the title and length of the presentation
- the name of the distributor
- information about the presentation is desired to be allowed for children under the age of 7 or under the age of 11
- an account of the presentation's content
Distributors pay fees for the review of cinema films and permit certificates for subsequent copies of cinema films. The size of the fee depends on the length of the film.