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Modifications of films—new exceptions come into effect

The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) (Modifications of Films) Instrument 2015 was amended on 25 January 2018. This means that the rules for when a modified film needs to be submitted for classification have changed.

The following new exceptions have been added to the Instrument to cover modifications that consist of:

  • format changes
  • colour grading, visual effects or audio level changes
  • omitting footage or audio.

These types of modified films do not have to be submitted for classification and take the same classification and consumer advice as the original classified film, provided that the modification is not likely to cause the modified film to be given a different classification to the original film.

If a film's title is changed or a film is modified by adding footage or audio, the film will need to be submitted for classification.

More information about these changes is available in the new fact sheet on modified films on the Fact Sheets page.​