Film Classification

All films have a rating label or classification symbol and usually a descriptive note briefly explaining the content of the film, for example whether the film contains violence or sex.

The Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) is the government agency in New Zealand that is responsible for classification of all films, videos, publications, and some video games in New Zealand. It was created by the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 (FVPC Act).

  • G

    Suitable for a general audience and awarded by the Film and Video Labelling Body and the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

  • PG

    Parental guidance recommended for younger viewers. This means that there may be something in the film, such as violence or sexual themes, which may be offensive to some people. It is advisable to read the descriptive note to the right of the rating symbol before deciding whether you or your children should view the film. PG is awarded by the Film and Video Labelling Body and the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

  • M

    Suitable (but not restricted to) mature audiences 16 years and over. This means the film contains material, such as violence or sexual content, that could offend some viewers. It is advisable to read the descriptive note to the right of the rating symbol before deciding whether you or your children should view the film. The M rating is awarded by the Film and Video Labelling Body and the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

  • R13

    Restricted to audiences of 13 years or over. It is illegal to show the film to people below the age shown on the label. This classification is awarded by the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

  • RP13

    Restricted to audiences of 13 years or over. It is illegal to show or sell this to someone under under 13 years of age unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. A guardian is considered to be a responsible adult (18 years and over), for example, a family member or teacher who can provide guidance.

  • R15

    Restricted to audiences of 15 years or over. It is illegal to show the film to people below the age shown on the label. This classification is awarded by the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

  • R16

    Restricted to audiences of 16 years or over. It is illegal to show the film to people below the age shown on the label. This classification is awarded by the Office of Film and Literature Classification.

  • R18

    Restricted to audiences of 18 years or over. It is illegal to show the film to people below the age shown on the label. This classification is awarded by the Office of Film and Literature Classification.