COVID-19 response: Movie theatres must close
Effective December 13, 2020 some businesses will be required to close, reduce capacity or limit their in-person access. This includes movie theatres. These mandatory restrictions apply provincewide and will be in place at least until January 21, 2021.
Learn more about new mandatory public health measures in Alberta.
Theatres and other movie venues, otherwise known as exhibitors, were first allowed to reopen in June. They are encouraged to review these relaunch guidance documents developed by Alberta Health:
- Guidance for Movie Theatres (PDF, 294 KB)
- General relaunch guidance (PDF, 185 KB)
- other applicable Alberta Health guidance found at Alberta Biz Connect
For general information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.
All film distributors that want to screen content in Alberta theatres must first register with Alberta Film Classification. Your registration must be renewed annually.
Film distributors provide feature films, trailers, filmed live performances and advertisements to Alberta's theatres. Film distributors can be commercial organizations, non-profit organizations, film festivals or community groups.
Registration fees for commercial distributors
The following fees are effective as of April 1, 2018:
- $540.00 CAD for an annual film distribution licence (January 1 to December 31)
- $45.00 CAD pro-rated monthly fee for sporadic screenings while your films are in theatres
You will be invoiced for registration fees within four weeks of application. Cheques must be in Canadian dollars.
Registration fees do not cover the costs of getting a rating: these are classification fees and are charged separately per individual film or trailer.
How to register with Alberta Film Classification
Commercial distributors may fill out the form below to register with Alberta Film Classification.
Film festivals, non-profit organizations and community groups can register by organizing a community screening event.
The information is used pursuant to section 33(c) and section 39(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Questions regarding the collection, use, or disclosure of this information, may be directed to the Alberta Film Classification Rating at 780-427-2006.
Questions about the FOIP Act may be directed to the Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women FOIP Office at 780-641-9907.