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Specific provisions - containers and slicks

Containers and slicks

Download markings artwork for:

General information:

Please note: artwork can be downloaded from tables below.

Standard containers for individual films or computer games

Front

For Download from link below
Colour container For 1 or 2 lines of consumer advice the text may be 15 point [ZIP 1.89MB]
For 3 or 4 lines of consumer advice the text may be 11 point [ZIP 1.9MB]
For 5 lines of consumer advice the text may be 10 point [ZIP 360KB] For all material classified X 18+ the following words may be included in the combination box after the consumer advice 'Showing this film to under 18s may be a criminal offence'.

For material classified X 18+ "Explicit Sex" is the most common consumer advice. However the board may vary the consumer advice depending on the content of a film, in which case this marking needs to be altered.
Black and White container For 1 or 2 lines of consumer advice the text may be 15 point [ZIP 1.88MB]
For 3 or 4 lines of consumer advice the text may be 11 point [ZIP 1.89MB]
For 5 lines of consumer advice the text may be 10 point [ZIP 360KB] Please note: For all material classified X 18+ the following words may be included in the combination box after the consumer advice 'Showing this film to under 18s may be a criminal offence'.

For material classified X 18+ "Explicit Sex" is the most common consumer advice. However the board may vary the consumer advice depending on the content of a film, in which case this marking needs to be altered.


For material classified G a combination-style box (recommended as 20 mm high and 62 mm wide) must be used and include consumer advice.

Container type Download Classification symbol
Colour container 20 mm colour classification symbol rectangle or 20 mm colour classification combination-style box [ZIP 702KB]
Black and White container 20 mm mono classification symbol rectangle or 20 mm mono classification combination-style box [ZIP 679KB]

Example of compliance: Game slick with the correct use of the classification markings [PDF 1.63MB]

Back

A classification description box (at least 20mm high and 34mm wide) may be placed in the lower right corner of the back face.

Container type Download Classification symbol
Colour container 20mm colour classification description box [ZIP 2.37MB]
Black and White container 20mm mono classification description box [ZIP 2.35MB]

Spine

Markings may be placed at the base of the spine (please note that front and back container markings must always be applied).

For a spine less than 8 mm in width, no markings have been prepared.

Container type Download Classification symbol
Colour container
Greater than 12 mm wide 12 mm colour classification symbol square [ZIP 2.27MB]
Less than 12 mm wide and greater than 8 mm 8 mm colour classification symbol square [ZIP 2.24MB]
Black and White container
Greater than 12 mm wide 12 mm mono classification symbol square [ZIP 2.25MB]
Less than 12 mm wide and greater than 8 mm 8 mm mono classification symbol square [ZIP 2.22MB]

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Smaller than Standard Containers (less than 165 cm²) for Individual Films or Computer Games

Front

For a container with a front face of less than 165cm² a combination box (recommended at 15 mm high and 47 mm wide) may be placed in lower left corner of front face.

For Download from link below
Colour container For 1 or 2 lines of consumer advice the text may be 11.25 point [ZIP 1.89MB]
For 3 or 4 lines of consumer advice the text may be 8.25 point [ZIP 1.91MB]
For 5 lines of consumer advice the text may be 7.5 point [ZIP 360KB] Please note: For all material classified X 18+ the following words may be included in the combination box after the consumer advice 'Showing this film to under 18s may be a criminal offence'.

For material classified X 18+ "Explicit sex" is the most common consumer advice. However the board may vary the consumer advice depending on the content of a film, in which case this marking needs to be altered.
Black and White container For 1 or 2 lines of consumer advice the text may be 11.25 point [ZIP 1.88MB]
For 3 or 4 lines of consumer advice the text may be 11 point [ZIP 1.89MB]
For 5 lines of consumer advice the text may be 10 point [ZIP 360KB] Please note: For all material classified X 18+ the following words may be included in the combination box after the consumer advice 'Showing this film to under 18s may be a criminal offence'.

For material classified X 18+ "Explicit sex" is the most common consumer advice. However the board may vary the consumer advice depending on the content of a film, in which case this marking needs to be altered.


For material classified G a combination-style box (recommended at 15 mm high and 47 mm wide) must be used and include consumer advice.

Container type Download Classification symbol
Colour container 15 mm colour classification symbol rectangle or 15 mm colour classification combination-style box [ZIP 720KB]
Black and White container 15 mm mono classification symbol rectangle or 15 mm mono classification combination-style box [ZIP 696KB]

Back

A 15 mm classification description box (recommended at 15 mm high and 26 mm wide) may be placed in the lower right corner of the back face.

Container type Download Classification symbol
Colour container 20 mm colour classification description box [ZIP 2.37MB]
Black and White container 20 mm mono classification description box [ZIP 2.35MB]

Spine

Markings may be placed at the base of the spine (please note that front and back container markings must always be applied).

For a spine less than 8 mm in width, no markings have been prepared.

Container type Download Classification symbol
Colour container
Greater than 12 mm wide 12 mm colour classification symbol square [ZIP 2.27MB]
Less than 12 mm wide and greater than 8 mm 8 mm colour classification symbol square [ZIP 2.24MB]
Black and white container
Greater than 12 mm wide 12 mm mono classification symbol square [ZIP 2.25MB]
Less than 12 mm wide and greater than 8 mm 8 mm mono classification symbol square [ZIP 2.22MB]

Containers for Discs and Small Storage Devices Containing Advertising Material only (for example—demo discs)

Containers for devices containing advertising material only are to be marked as per requirements for containers for individual films or computer games. Markings may be for the classification applicable to the film or computer game with the highest classification that is advertised within the device.

For example, if you have a sample disc containing advertisements for 3 titles classified G, 4 titles classified M and 1 title classified MA 15+, the container must carry the MA 15+ markings as per the specifications listed in the standard containers section.

In addition, if the title or titles of the films or computer games advertised are listed on the back face of the container, one of the following classification markings may be placed next to the title/s:

Container type Download Classification symbol
Coloured container
Option 1 5 mm colour classification symbol square [ZIP 2.24MB]
Option 2 4 mm classification symbol [ZIP 2.19MB]
Option 3 classification character at same font size at title [ZIP 2.15MB]
Black and white container
Option 1 5 mm mono classification symbol square [ZIP 2.22MB]
Option 2 4 mm classification symbol [ZIP 2.19MB]
Option 3 classification character at same font size at title [ZIP 2.15MB]

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Multiple Title Packs

Containers for multiple title packs are to be marked as per containers for individual films or computer games. Markings may be for the classification applicable to the film or computer game with the highest classification that is contained within the multiple title pack.

For example, if you have a multiple title pack with one title classified G, three titles classified PG and two titles classified R 18+, the container must carry the R 18+ markings as per the specifications listed in the standard containers section.

If all the individual titles contained in a boxset have the same classification, the consumer advices for all the titles should be included. However if a couple of the individual titles have consumer advices that are for the same classifiable element then only the higher one needs to be included on the boxset.

For example, if there is a boxset that consists of two individual titles where one title has been classified M Low level coarse language, Sexual references and the second title has been classified M High level coarse language, Drug use, then the marking on the boxset would be a M combination box with the consumer advice being High level coarse language, Sexual references, Drug use.

In addition, if the title or titles of the films or computer games within the multiple title pack are listed on the back face of the container, one of the following classification markings may be placed next to the title/s:

Container type Download Classification symbol
Coloured container
Option 1 5 mm colour classification symbol square [ZIP 2.24MB]
Option 2 4 mm classification symbol [ZIP 2.19MB]
Option 3 classification character at same font size at title [ZIP 2.15MB]
Black and white container
Option 1 5 mm mono classification symbol square [ZIP 2.22MB]
Option 2 4 mm classification symbol [ZIP 2.19MB]
Option 3 classification character at same font size at title [ZIP 2.15MB]


Also, consumer advice for each title listed on the back face of the multiple title pack must appear next to the title in text recommended at 2 mm high.

Unusual Containers

An unusual container such as one that does not have corners or flat surfaces must comply with the markings specified above as closely as possible.

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General requirements for display, format, legibility and placement of classification markings on containers and slicks

General markings requirements are set out in Part 3 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014. Relevant sections are indicated below.

Markings may be displayed

All containers must display classification markings.

If it is not practicable to comply with a display requirement, the marking will be taken to comply with the requirement if the marking complies as nearly as is reasonably practicable with the requirement. (See Section 13 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014).

The markings will be taken to comply with the requirements for markings on containers if the markings are placed on the container itself or on a slick that forms a Part of the container that is clearly visible.

Combination boxes should be displayed in the format and proportions as shown in Part 3 of Section 12 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014).

Format and legibility

Classification markings on containers may be clearly legible. Markings may be displayed in high contrast to the background. Classification markings must not be obscured by other material on the container. (See Section 11 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014.

Coloured markings may be coloured in accordance with CMYK values as listed in Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Determination.

The classification character or classification symbol may be displayed in black and white in a black and white environment. (See Schedule 1 Part 1.03 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014.

The font for the classification symbol may be displayed in FF Din Bold. (See Schedule 1 Part 1.05 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014.

The font of consumer advice within the combination boxes and classification description within the classification description box may be printed in black Universe condensed regular type. (See Schedule 1 Part 1.06 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014.

The first word of a consumer advice phrase should be an upper case letter and consecutive words should be a lower case letter. Each new consumer advice phrase should follow this rule.

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Placement of markings

Example of compliance: DVD slick with the correct use of the classification markings [PDF 2.35MB].

Markings on the front face of a container may be placed in the lower left corner of the face. If this is not possible, it should appear as close as practicable to the lower left corner, so that the classification symbol rectangle component of the combination box remains wholly within the left half of the lower third of the thing on which it is displayed. (See Section 10 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Markings and Consumer Advice) Determination 2014).

Markings on the back face of a container should be placed in the lower right corner of the face. If this is not possible, it should appear as close as practicable to the lower right corner, so that the classification symbol rectangle component of the combination box remains wholly within the lower third of the thing on which it is displayed.

What markings do I use when re-releasing a classified film that does not have consumer advice?

The board has given consumer advice with classifications since May 1989. If you are re-releasing a film classified before that date, without any additional material, you have two options:

  1. use the old marking that will not have a consumer advice, or
  2. if you want to use the new markings the classification description should be included in the white space of the combination box where the consumer advice would normally be.

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