COVID-19 response: Movie theatres must close
Effective December 13, 2020 some businesses are required to close, reduce capacity or limit their in-person access. This includes movie theatres. These mandatory restrictions apply provincewide and will remain in place until further notice.
Learn more about 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.
After you get a film distribution licence, you can apply to get a film rating for feature films, trailers or other content to be screened in Alberta theatres.
You must get a rating before you can screen content in Alberta theatres for an admission fee, including trailers, commercials and public service announcements (PSAs). Once the content is rated, the rating will be published online. The online classification listing is the official record of the trailer’s rating. There is no printed certificate.
The ratings for trailers must be equal to or lower than the rating of any film they precede.
Please provide 3 to 5 weeks of lead time for staff to schedule your trailer or other content for classification prior to public screening.
Ratings fees for commercial distributors
Ratings fees for trailers are determined by the number of theatre screens it will be displayed on in Alberta.
The following fees are effective as of April 1, 2018:
- $12.00 CAD per trailer for each screen in Alberta
All distributors, including commercial and non-profit organizations, are responsible for shipping arrangements and payment of submitted film materials for classification.
Trailer format submission
Trailers should be provided using professional online screeners, such as Vimeo. Other high quality video sources will be accepted as necessary.
If the quality of the format provided is low, staff reserves the right to require a higher quality screening format.
Report the final number of screens
To finalize ratings fees, you must report the total number of screens in Alberta on which the trailer or other content will be displayed.
You may provide this information after the trailer or other content has received its rating, when the final number of screens has been confirmed.
Get a rating
Fill out the form below to get a rating for a trailer.
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.