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IFCO or Irish Film Classification Office(Until 2008 July 1 known as Irish Film Censor's Office) is the company which rates films, videos and rarely video games in Ireland. The following is the certificates that IFCO uses:

Currently usedEdit

  • G(General): Suitable for all. May contain no scary or threatening scenes, no violence or no mild language
  • PG(Parental Guidance): May scare some younger children. May contain mildly scary or threatening scenes, mild violence, mild language or mild sexual inneundo
  • 12A(Cinema)/12(Video): Parental Guidance is required for those younger than 12. May contain moderately scary or threatening scenes, moderate violence, moderate language, sexual inneundo or mild drug use
  • 15A(Cinema)/15(Video): Parental Guidance is required for those younger than 15. May contain moderately scary or threatening scenes, moderate bloody violence, strong language, moderate sexual content or moderate drug use
  • 16(Cinema only): Children under 16 cannot be admitted to screenings. May contain horror themed material, strong bloody violence, very strong language, moderate sexual content or moderate drug use
  • 18(Adults only): Only adults could be admitted to screenings. May contain horror themed material, very strong bloody violence, very strong language, strong sexual content or strong drug use

No longer usedEdit

  • 12PG(Cinema only): Same thing as the current 12A. Declined in 2004
  • 15PG(Cinema only): Same thing as the current 15A. Declined in 2004
  • 12(Ages 12 and over): No children under 12 may view. Replaced with 12PG which now allowed younger children to view as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Declined around the 1990s
  • 15(Ages 15 and over): No children under 15 may view. Replaced with 15PG which now allowed younger children to view as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Declined around the 1990s
  • 12RA(Video only): No children under 12 may buy, though parental advisory for under this age. The RA stood for Responsible Adult. Declined around the 1990s

Age rating logosEdit

FilmsEdit

For the films released in the cinema the following logos are used:

  • G: Blue Circle
  • PG: Green Circle
  • 12A Yellow Circle
  • 15A: Pink Circle
  • 16: Purple Circle
  • 18: Red Circle

VideosEdit

For each certificate a blue octagon surrounded them. Before 2009 February 1, the letters surrounding the octagon were still Irish Film Censor's Office-Then it was changed to the current company's name(Irish Film Classification Office)

The system for video gamesEdit

IFCO does not usually rate video games unless if the content is excessively violent

Other certificatesEdit

  • Prohibited: Banned from Ireland. Usually used if the film has pornographic content. Here are some examples of films being banned by the IFCO:
    A Clockwork Orange (Later re-rated 18 in 2000)
    Porky's (Later re-rated 18)
    Boy Eats Girl (Later re-rated 15A)

IFCO websiteEdit

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