The process of acquiring a Censor certificate in India for short student films
Finally I have a censor certificate for my first student film “Ghutan”. Now I am legally free to show my film publically in India. I can now broadcast it, telecast it, sell DVD copies…Etc. It was quite an experience to acquire a censor certificate. I am detailing the procedure for future student film makers so that they are prepared. I hope it helps!
- File an application along with the following documents
- Five copies of the synopsis of the story
- One copy of the script (with dialogues written in Hindi for Hindi language films)
- Application form ( available online from the CBFC web site)
- Permission letter from your institution allowing you to apply for a Censor certificate. The letter should be printed on an official letter head of your institution.
- One DVD of the film. The DVD copy should have a counter showing the time duration. You can water mark it as “censor board copy”. Keep the water mark fairly to the right hand corner of the frame. It should be legible but not distracting the film view.
- DD in favor of Pay and accounts officer , Ministry of information and broadcasting, New Delhi. The amount of the DD is dependent on the duration of the film. Refer to the table 1.1 below for the amount.
- Label the back of the DD , DVD and the file properly with the following details
i. Name of the film
ii. Name of the director and producer
iii. Contact of the Producer
- Then you need to go to the regional officer, CBFC, third floor, Pariavaran Bhavan, CGO complex, New Delhi and submit the documents manually. Since it’s a government office the security is really tight. First you need to get a gate pass to enter the building. Call up the CBFC office after you reach the reception. Tell them about your film and they might tell the reception officer to give you a gate pass.
- Submit the application along with the file. Don’t forget to assemble all your documents in one file.
- They would take about 14 days to review the film and produce a certificate.
- In case you want a certificate for the celluloid projection of your film, you would need to make a special arrangement for the celluloid screening of your film. You need to invite the review members from the board to come to the screening.
Video Films – since most student festivals would screen your student film with a DVD, all you need is a Censor certificate for video projection. As mentioned earlier for acquiring a Censor Certificate for celluloid you need to make special arrangements.
The data available in the table below was valid on 16 Sep 2011. The CBFC might have revised the fees later. Hence refer to the CBFC website for the fee applicable today.
|Gauge||Certification Fee (other than educational)||Certification fee (educational) film||Screening Fee|
The Address for CBFC, New Delhi
Central Board for Film Certification
Phone number for CBFC, New Delhi
011 – 24361456
Web site for CBFC, New Delhi