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Classification of films for commercial release

General information

General information
Name of Procedure: Classification of films for commercial release
Objective: Classification of films for commercial release in cinemas according to age groups
Regulations: - LAW 55/2007 (LEY 55/2007), of 28 December, on Cinema (Spanish State Gazette (BOE) 29-12-2007).
- ROYAL DECREE 2062/2008 (REAL DECRETO 2062/2008) of 12 December, implementing Law 55/2007 (Ley 55/2007), of 28 December, on Cinema (Spanish State Gazette (BOE) 12/01/2009).
-  ORDER CUL/2834/2009 (ORDEN CUL/2834/2009), of 19 October, ruling on the regulations for application of Royal Decree 2062/2008 (Real Decreto 2062/2008), of 12 December, implementing Law 55/2007 (Ley 55/2007), of 28 December, on Cinema, concerning the recognition of the cost of a film and the investment by the producer, the establishment of the legal basis for state aid and the structure of the Administrative Register of Cinematographic and Audio-visual Companies (Spanish State Gazette (BOE) 24/10/2009).
-  Law 2/2011 of 4 March, on the Sustainable Economy.
Applicants: - Production companies or distributors who own the rights to the commercial release of the films, registered in Section One and Two, respectively, of the ICAA Register of Companies.
How to begin: Upon the application of the interested party
Limit date for beginning: No limit date.
This aid must be requested before marketing the film, giving enough time to study the documentation, see the film and classify it.
Place of presentation: In the Electronic register of the Ministry of Culture.
At the General Register of the Ministry of Culture or at a register stipulated by Art.38.4 of Law 30/92 (Art.38.4 de la Ley 30/92), of 26 November on the Legal Regime of Public Administrations and the Common Administrative Procedure
Ruling body: General Director of the Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (Institute of Cinematography and Audio-visual Arts)
Ruling will be made within: 1 month
Appeals: Contentious-administrative appeal for review

Documentation to be presented


  • Application for classification of the work.
  • When the application is made by the distribution company, the contract for the distribution of the film or other audio-visual work, or a declaration in a public document which is sufficiently proves its status as the distributor of the work. If the original language of these documents is not Castilian Spanish or one of the other official languages of Spain, they will also be presented translated into Spanish.
  • Complete copy of the work, in any medium, of identical content to that to be shown in cinemas or for commercial release of other kinds.
  • Detailed report including the original and marketing title, distributor, and/or production company in the case of Spanish films, year of production, director and synopsis of the plot, its duration and/or length, depending on the medium.
  • If the original language of these documents is not Castilian Spanish  the complete text of the dialogues translated into Spanish.
  • In the case of non-Spanish works, nationality certificate of the work issued by the relevant official body of the country of production, or if this is not available, a document accrediting nationality legally recognised in the country of production containing at least the information specified in section c) which can be known in the country of origin.
  • Receipt for payment of the relevant fee. The amount payable is based on the length of the films and audiovisual works, as shown below:
    Films and works lasting between 1 and 30 min: € 10,20
    Films and works lasting between 31 and 60 min: € 51,01
    Films and works lasting between 61 and 90 min: € 81,61
    Films and works lasting between 91 and 120 min: € 112,21
    Films and works lasting from 121 min: € 153,02

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