The law, which was passed by the Legislative Assembly in June
2015, replaces the Cinematograph Law (2009) and designates a Film
Control Board that has the authority to rate movies being shown in
Cayman. The law also calls for the Department of Commerce and
Investment (DCI) to license the premises used for the public
exhibition of films.
Commerce Minister Wayne Panton said the legislation seeks to
bolster the film industry in Cayman.
'Government hopes to encourage a variety of businesses to
operate on these shores and this legislation provides further
clarity for film festivals and other public screenings that can be
staged here and grant Cayman positive international exposure',
'At the same time, the law calls for the protection of
consumers by clearly identifying film content and building in
safeguards against minors watching harmful material. Government is
not taking away the role of parents in determining what constitutes
appropriate viewing, but rather ensuring that parents can make
better decisions regarding what films their children
On 16 December, Cabinet appointed Rita Estevanovich, Tonie
Chisholm and Andrew Ebanks to the Film Control Board, for a period
of three years. Ms Estevanovich is the chair.
Under the law, persons who intend to screen films that do not
carry ratings, such as locally made movies, will need to contact
the board in order to obtain a rating, so that the board can review
the film's content. There is a $25 fee to receive a rating.
Movies that are screened without any ratings will be deemed as
unsuitable for children; premises are neither permitted to allow
children to view such films, nor allowed to screen those movies
before 7 p.m. Failure to abide by these conditions will result in a
penalty of at least $2,000, and refusing to pay that penalty will
result in an additional fine of $4,000, six months'
imprisonment, or both.
The board has the option of banning a movie from being screened
if it is considered unsuitable for viewership in Cayman.
In respect to licenced premises, DCI has various powers to
ensure compliance with the law. To apply for a premises licence, a
person must provide DCI with a valid trade and business licence;
and proof of compliance with relevant planning, building, safety,
fire, and health codes. The licensing fee will vary between $100
and $1,500, depending on the cost of admission for the
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