Rental certificate: order of receipt, registry, expert advice

A rental certificate is a document provided to the owner of the right to a movie of any production (foreign, domestic, joint). It allows you to legally use it throughout the country for distribution.

About the grounds

In 1993, on April 28, the Russian government issued a special decree (number 396) concerning the registration of film and video films and control over their public display.

In 1994, on July 30, Act No. 895 defined a scheme for importing films created outside the CIS into the country.

On January 26, 2007, adjustments were made to the 1993 law. This is edition number 50.

The rental certificate itself is affected by law in 1996: in Art. 5.1 Federal Law No. 126, issued on August 22. Moreover, the term itself is not understood. And his definition was formed by lawyers, based on the general interpretation of the purpose of such a permit.

About the benefits of legality

Thanks to the rental certificate, the tape enters the special State Register. This is confirmation of its registration by the domestic Ministry of Culture (MK).

Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

This document provides guidance on age limits for film viewers.

The applicant may be refused this certificate if he violates certain rules.

Their first edition occurred in 2012, on the basis of Law 787. But today, a rental certificate is provided, guided by act No. 143, issued on 02.27.2016.

He dictates criteria containing a mechanism for obtaining such certificates for films with a similar theme, genre and intended for the same target audience. These criteria are determined by MK.

Delivery time

Cinema with premieres

This issue is especially relevant for distributors in the struggle for optimal dates of the show.

For example, the best time to show children's cartoons is holidays and vacations.

If similar films are released on the same dates, applicants must agree on the order of showing to each other. The results of the negotiations must be notified to the Ministry. If this is not done within 15 days, it will itself decide the issue of dates.

Even if companies will have rental certificates and receive them at least six months before the intended demonstration of the film, this still does not guarantee the release of the tape on a specified date.

There is an interesting point number 15 in the rules. It says that when an application arrives at the Ministry indicating the intended date of the show, the applicant should take into account one important nuance - this date may coincide with showing another picture for which permission has already been obtained.

In this case, the MK suspends the application and indicates the need for the parties to agree on the display chronology.

Documentation Required

Sample rental certificate

To get a rental certificate, the applicant must present:

  1. Statement.
  2. Record from the register. Persons with legal status must present a certificate of authority of the head of the company.
  3. A certified copy of the registration certificate of IP. The requirement for individuals is limited to a copy of the passport.
  4. Profile.
  5. Copies of all title deeds.
  6. Copy of the picture. Typically, the original recording medium is presented.
  7. The document proving the technical level - p. 6.
  8. Data on the compositions involved in the tape (music author, artist, playing time in the film).
  9. Installation pages (if any). Digital or print version allowed. One copy is enough. Attached is a review of the film.
  10. Proof of payment of state duty for obtaining the designated permit.

A copy of the customs certificate is still required to issue a rental certificate for foreign paintings. This is usually a declaration or warrant. It must be certified by the customs organization that issued the film. This is a mandatory criterion when a tape is imported into a country from abroad.

Date of issue

A rental certificate is usually issued in the following periods:

  1. Not later than 5 working days from the date of its approval.
  2. For the period of relevance of the applicant’s rights to publicly display the film and show it on cable TV.

Upon receipt of the document is required to present:

  • proof of payment of duty;
  • certificates confirming that copies of films are sent for storage.

Game, animated and educational films should be stored in the Russian State Film Fund.

Documentary - in the state archive of film and photo documentation.


If the film is publicly shown without a rental certificate, the cases specified in 14.58 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation occur.

In accordance with it, legal entities must pay sanctions in the range of 50,000–100,000 rubles.

In the following similar situation, fines develop to a range of 100,000 - 200,000 rubles. An alternative measure is to stop professional activity for three months.

P. 98 h. 2 Article 28.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation concern persons compiling protocols on such violations. These are officials from the federal executive organization in the cinema industry.

Cases of Failure

In Russia, many tapes fall into the register of rental certificates. But there are some exceptions:

  1. year 2012. Picture "Clip". Reasons for refusal: obscene abuse, scenes with pornography and the use of drugs and alcohol.
    2012 movie cover
  2. 2015 year. The film "Number 44". A certificate based on moral and ethical principles has not been issued. There was no legal basis.
    Cover of the film "Number 44" of 2015

    As a result, the copyright holder, the distribution company and the cinemas suffered losses of 50 million rubles.

  3. 2015 year. Tape "Love". Reasons for refusal: an abundance of pornographic scenes.

Categories of Violations

There are only three of them:

  1. The picture violates Russian laws. This applies to terrorism, information on the production of drugs and psychotropic elements. The propaganda of pornography, acts of violence and the placement in the film of methods for disseminating data affecting the human subconscious also appear here.
  2. Films that do not pass the identity issuance algorithm. These cases are determined by federal laws. A scheme for granting this permission or its refusals and reviews is formed by the government of the country.
  3. Tapes in which obscene language is present.

A striking example of the latter is the painting "Dislike", which was shot by Alexei Zvyagintsev. Because of what he was forced to create two of its variations. In one, the original text remained, and it was imported. And in the domestic rental came out the second version, radically changed.


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