Films Act

Films Regulations 2009

[GN 126 of 2009 – 1 October 2009] [Section 24]

1. These regulations may be cited as the Films Regulations 2009.

2. In these regulations –

"Act" means the Films Act;

"Chairperson" means the Chairperson of the Board;

"distribute" includes to sell, hire out or supply;

"Film for professional use" means a film which is not destined for personal use, exhibition or distribution;

"member" '”

(a) means a member of the Board; and

(b) includes the Chairperson and the Vice-chairpersons;

"video film of local production" means a video film produced in Mauritius by a citizen of Mauritius, irrespective of whether copies of the film are made in Mauritius or abroad.

[Reg. 2 amended by reg. 3 of GN 92 of 2010 w.e.f. 23 December 2009; reg. 3 of GN 77 of 2013 w.e.f. 13 April 2013.]

3. (1) The Board shall view, classify and allocate to a film or publicity materials a classification symbol and issue a certificate of exhibition as set out in the First Schedule.

(2) In allocating a symbol referred to under paragraph (1), the Board shall take into account the need to –

(a) protect viewers of films or publicity materials from exposure to unsolicited materials or materials that may be offensive;

(b) protect children from harmful materials; and

(c) assist viewers to make an informed choice about the films and publicity materials.

4. (1) Every person who wishes to be registered as a film importer under section 7 of the Act shall make an application to the Board in the form set out in the Second Schedule.

(2) The application shall be accompanied by –

(a) the documents specified in the form;

(b) such other documents or information as the Board may determine; and

(c) the appropriate corresponding non-refundable fee specified in the Third Schedule.

(3) On receipt of an application, the Board may make such inquiry or consult such persons or authorities as it may determine to ascertain whether the applicant is a fit and proper person to be registered as an importer.

(4) A registration shall be valid for a period of 12 months from the date of registration.

(5) The Board shall keep a register of film importers which shall include such particulars as the Board may determine.

5. (1) An application for an import permit under section 8(2) of the Act shall be made in the form set out in the Fourth Schedule.

(2) An application under paragraph (1) shall be accompanied by –

(a) such document or information as the Board may determine; and

(b) the appropriate corresponding non-refundable fee specified in the Third Schedule.

6. (1) Every person who wishes to exhibit a film or poster shall make an application, in writing, for classification to the Board.

(2) Every application shall be accompanied by the appropriate corresponding non-refundable fee specified in the Third Schedule.

(3) The Board shall, on approving the application, issue a classification certificate in the form set out in the Fifth Schedule.

7. (1) No person shall distribute a film unless –

(a) the film is duly classified by the Board; and

(b) the cassette, disc, disc sleeve or cassette jacket containing the film bears the classification symbol allotted to the film by the Board.

(2) Every person who distributes films s

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