COVID-19 response: Movie theatres allowed to reopen

Stage 2 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy began on June 12, 2020. Movie theatres are permitted to reopen if they have physical distancing requirements and other public health guidelines in place.

Theatres and other movie venues, otherwise known as exhibitors, are encouraged to review these relaunch guidance documents developed by Alberta Health:

For questions about the guidance resources, email

For general information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.


Feedback from Albertans is an important part of film classification. Alberta Film Classification uses a variety of methods to monitor and evaluate audience expectations of suitable film content.

Outreach and listening to Albertans is an important part of how we develop policy and guidelines for rating movies.

Keep up-to-date with film ratings information

Alberta publishes new film ratings daily online.

In addition to publishing film ratings online, you can also access film ratings information and keep in touch with Alberta Film Classification by:

Alberta Film Ratings Newswire is an electronic newsletter produced by the Alberta Film Classification office in Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women to share film ratings and information related to film classification in Alberta. Personal email addresses are collected for the purpose of distributing this newsletter by MailChimp, a third party service provider. Collection is authorized under section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and managed in accordance with the Act.

Questions about the collection can be directed to Kimberly Evans, Director, Arts Services, at 780-422-9450, or by email at

Subscribe to Alberta Film Ratings Newswire

Submit feedback

Your feedback is an important part of film classification. To submit your comments and questions about film classification in Alberta or about the rating of a specific film, please either:

Get involved in group discussions

To provide feedback about film content and Alberta’s film ratings system as part of a group discussion, you may wish to participate in a film screening and discussion or a reconsideration panel.

Film screenings and discussions

We host movie screenings and discussions on an ongoing basis to help inform policies regarding how films are rated in Alberta. We want to hear your perspective on the role of problematic content in recent popular films and your views on the appropriate rating.

Based on interest and available resources, screenings can be hosted in communities across the province.

If you have any questions about this project, please send an email to

Reconsideration panels

Film distributors sometimes disagree with a rating applied to a film in Alberta and a reconsideration panel is held. When this happens, we ask community members to sit on a panel to view the film and recommend a rating.

Please note that reconsideration panels are rare and only take place in Edmonton.

Sign-up for a group discussion

Fill out the form if you are interested in participating in film screenings and discussions or to be part of a reconsideration panel. Alberta Film Classification will contact you about participating in a screening in your community or a reconsideration panel when spots are available.

All fields are required unless otherwise indicated.

Applicant information
How many films have you seen in the past six months
How many films have you seen with someone under 18 years of age
Demographic information
Do you identify as: (Information provided will help us ensure that diverse groups of Albertans are participating in these discussions.)
Film preferences
Which genre(s) of film would you prefer to watch as part of this process?

Any personal information provided will be used for the purpose of administering the Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Film Classification program and the research it is conducting. It is collected under the authority of section 33 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and is protected by the privacy provisions of the Act.

Questions regarding the collection, use, or disclosure of this information, may be directed to the Alberta Film Classification Rating office at 780-427-2006.