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Markings for advertising unclassified films and computer games

Here you will find downloads and rules for displaying ‘check the classification’ messages in advertising for unclassified films and computer games.

Advertising message downloads

Short CTC message for print and internet advertising

Long Check the Classification message

Check the classification ticker

The 10 second ticker can be either static or animated.
 
The three and 10 second digital tag/billboard can be supplied by the Classification Branch on disc. Please contact us to request a copy of the disc.

How to display the message

The message display requirements are set out in Part 2 of the Classification (Advertising of Unclassified Films and Computer Games Scheme) Determination 2009.

These are:

  • Advertising for unclassified films and computer games must display the advertising message.
  • The advertising message is not required for
    • advertising in the form of a window cling, display bin, standee or banner;
    • printed advertisements that have an area of at least 300 cm²;
    • an advertisement on the internet that is smaller in area than 176 pixels x 128 pixels.
  • There are specific requirements about how the advertising message should be for different types of advertising, listed below.

Film guides and directories

Short advertising message

Printed, backlit or electronic guides or directories setting out times for the film screenings must include the short advertising message (CTC) after the title of the film and it must be the same height as the title.

The CTC is to be black text on a white background or white text on a black background. The advertising message must be clearly legible and the typeface and colours prominent and easily distinguishable from any other information or diagram that the message is displayed with.

Key or legend

Printed guides or directories, for example cinema session times, must include a key or legend with an explanation in text at least 2mm high of what CTC means.

Electronic guides or directories (other than a guide or a directory at a cinema), such as on the internet, must include a key or legend (or a link to a key or legend) where practical, which includes an explanation of what CTC means.

Printed advertisements

Position

The advertising message must appear in the lower left corner of the advertisement (or as close as practical to the lower left corner) and must not be obscured.

Legibility

The advertising message must be clearly legible. The typeface and colours must be prominent and easily distinguishable from any other information or diagram with which the message is displayed.

  • Advertisement of area less than 75cm² - short advertising message (CTC) in text at least 5mm high.
  • Advertisement of area at least 75cm² and less than 300cm² - long advertising message box in a height of at least 10mm, width of at least 31mm, and with text in a point size of at least 5.5.
  • Advertisement of area at least 300cm² - may display either the short or long advertising message. Please refer to Advertising that does not need an advertising message for more information.

Colour

For colour advertisements the long advertising, message box must appear in colour. If the advertisement is black and white, or a combination of white and one colour, the long advertising message box must be coloured or in black and white and in high contrast to the background of the advertisement.

CMYK RGB
C 0 R 255
M 50 G 127
Y 100 B 0
K 0  

Online advertisements

An advertisement on the internet must display either:

  • the long advertising message
  • the short advertising message in high contrast to the background and a key or legend (or a link to a key or legend) including an explanation of what CTC means.

The advertising message must appear in the lower left corner of the advertisement or in another prominent location in or near the advertisement.
 
The advertising message must be clearly legible. The typeface and colours must be prominent and easily distinguishable. The message must be displayed long enough for all of it to be read.
 
If the advertisement includes both moving and still images, the advertising message must appear on the still image.
 
If the advertisement is wholly a moving advertisement, the requirements for moving image advertisements apply instead.

Moving image advertisements

The advertising message must be clearly legible. The typeface and colours must be prominent and easily distinguishable. The message must be displayed long enough for all of it to be read.

At the start of the advertisement

For an advertisement less than 60 seconds: the message must be a still or moving image, shown for at least three seconds, that includes the long advertising message in a height of at least 15 per cent of the height of the active screen area of the presentation format.

For an advertisement of at least 60 seconds: the message must be a still or moving image, shown for at least ten seconds, that includes the long advertising message in a height of at least 15 percent of the height of the active screen area of the presentation format.

During the advertisement

For an advertisement of at least ten seconds: the message must be a ticker, shown for at least ten seconds, that includes the long advertising message in a height of at least five per cent of the height of the active screen area of the presentation format. The height of the ticker must be at least the greater of 32 pixel lines or five per cent of the height of the active screen area of the presentation format. The ticker must be displayed in the area of the screen commonly known as the title-safe area.

For an advertisement of less than ten seconds: the message must be a ticker, shown for the length of the advertisement, that includes the long advertising message in a height of at least five per cent of the height of the active screen area of the presentation format. The height of the ticker must be at least the greater of 32 pixel lines or five per cent of the height of the active screen area of the presentation format. The ticker must be displayed in the area of the screen commonly known as the title-safe area.

Small screen advertisements

The advertising message must be clearly legible. The typeface and colours must be prominent and easily distinguishable from any other information, diagram or moving image where the message is displayed. The message must be displayed long enough to allow it to be read.

For advertisements on small screens with a presentation format of less than 300 pixel lines in height, such as mobile phones, the requirements are as for moving image advertisements, or one of the following:

  • the short message and a key or legend for explaining the short advertising message (if practical)
    or
  • as soon as possible after the start of the advertisement, a still or moving image that includes the long advertising message of any duration, either a moving or a still image of long advertising message, which is at least five per cent of the height of the active screen area of the presentation format.