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Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC): Short film censor certificate process, fees

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Censor Board Of Film Certification (CBFC): Short film censor certificate process, fees

Here’s how we explaining about the process for censoring a short film in India. Now days the censor certificate is mandatory for short films, because, almost all the film festivals accepts the entry of the short films that have a censored certificate.  Also, for showing the short film on Mini screen, the censored certificate is mandatory.

According to the Indian Censor Board, The short Films are categorized into two: The First one is Indian Short Films and the second One is Imported Short Films. The Films that made In India, called as Indian Short Films, and the short films made out of India called as Imported Short Films.

(Please Note: – The rule is similar for censoring Documentary films and Music Videos)

Documents Needed For Censoring an Indian Short Film

  1. Completely Filled application Form
  2. Total 5 Copies Of synopsis Of Film that written In English Language
  3. One Copy Of the script (Included with the dialogues)
  4. A Permission letter from the head of your Institution, which stated that he/she allowing you to apply for a censor certificate. (This letter is needed only if you are censoring the short film in educational film category)
  5. A lab letter (Editor’s) letter also included with your film, which certifying the total length of the film and a declaring letter that ‘Film is Completed and ready for the Preview.’
  6. One DVD of your Short film (Must label ‘Censor Board Copy’ on right hand bottom corner of your film) also included in the Submission kit. Don’t forget to add these details (name of your short film, Contact address of producer and name of director/producer) on the back of your DVD.
  7. Then, take Demand draft (Screening Fee + Certification fee) in favour of the designated Accounts officer in the region. (See External Link 1 for getting details about the censor fee)


Now, along with the documents, apply for the film censorship near at CBFC office. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) headquartered at Mumbai, also it have eight regional Offices in India. Usually, they offer censor certificate within fourteen days. (See External Link 2 to know about CBFC’S types of censor certificate (film rating)).


Documents Needed For Censoring an Imported Short Film To India

  1. Duly Filled application Form
  2. Demand draft (see external link 1 for submission fees) in favour of the designated Pay and Accounts Officer in the Region
  3. A letter or copy of agreement from the original producer/ Copyright holder stating about the agreement.
  4. A certified copy of-Purchase order (Invoice), bill of entry and customs statement about the arrival of the film to India in the name of Importer-also needed for the certification.
  5. Five Copies of Synopsis (written in English, also the Importer/applicant signed in all pages of synopsis) and one copy of the script (the Importer/applicant signed in all pages of script) must also Included in the submission kit.
  6. DVD Copy of your Film
  7. CBFC will accept application for certification of imported films/videos only on production of Bill of Entry through OGL.


Now, forward your documents to the censor board office, they review the film. After that, they had given you permission for theatrical release In India.


  1. External Link 1 – Censor  Fee  Details
  2. External Link 2 – Central Board Of Film Certification Film rating

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  1. Achyut Narayana

    June 24, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Very good instruction.. Thanks a lot..

    Have Q..

    Pls clarify below statement from point no. 6 from Indian short film section.

    “Must label ‘Censor Board Copy’ on right hand bottom corner of your film”

    Does that mean it should be visible while movie is playing in the theater or on DVD (physically writing)?

    Pls clarify

    • FMF Resources

      June 24, 2016 at 6:27 am

      Hi Achyut Narayana,
      We are so glad to know that you liked our ‘How To Sensor a Short Film India- Process Explanation.’
      Now, come to the question- Why to add Must label censor copy on the CD?’ Because, it is the rule suggested by Censor board of film certification and the prior need is for the identifyication of censor board copies. For ay clarifyiocation, please visit CFBC website here

  2. Mohd kaleem

    July 30, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Sir what is the process to release a movie not a short movie

    • FMF Resources

      August 9, 2016 at 9:00 am

      the same as 70 mm movie

    • FMF Resources

      August 13, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Do you want to release your movie only to short film festivals or TV channels ettc?

  3. Dhaval Patadia

    September 24, 2016 at 6:17 am

    hi .. i want censor certificate for local commercial video advertise of length of 20 Sec for cinema advertising. Please guide me.

  4. gunnyunngro

    January 4, 2017 at 11:16 am


  5. Azam Khan

    January 9, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Hello all,
    Sir/ma’am, me and my friend have made a short film based on Tuberculosis (T.B.).
    Since we are not registered production house..
    How can we sell our film to the government or privately… Means what documents/certificates to be prepared .? The Selling process.. Kindly suggest..
    Thank you
    Azam khan

  6. Siddhaarth Bhardwaj

    January 22, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Hi, This is Siddhaarth Bhardwaj here, from Delhi. I am an aspiring filmmaker. I want to know that , is censor board’s certificate mandatory for each Short films in India?

    • FMF Resources

      January 29, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      No, Censor Board Certificate is Not Mandatory For all Short Films. If you want to show your Film in Goa Film Festival, Kerala Film Festival and Pune Film Festival, then your short Film should having a censor board Certificate

  7. Prachi

    January 30, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Sir…how do I get my production house registered?

  8. Prachi

    January 30, 2017 at 2:58 pm do I register my production house?

  9. ssss123321

    March 1, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks a lot,
    i have question,

    I read a book and i love the concept . Now I want to make a short film based on the book by amendment(my own thought) , but without changing the characters of the book, so what I have to do, as it is a zero budget Film?

  10. Rajlaxmi Shinde

    April 30, 2018 at 4:29 am

    Hello , I have a question.
    I am a student and I have to censor my short film under educational category , and it need a letter from the head of institution , so I want to ask that is it neccessary that the institution should be a film institution as I don’t study in any film institution , or it could do any . please kindly answer this question as early as possible.


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