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Film Rating and Profanity Rules

Film Ratings

We have taken the stance that our films should be enjoyed by all. So, our films will generally hold to the MPAA PG-13 rating, with the obvious exception of intense action and general violence. Parents should be strongly cautioned that these films contain graphic gun play, fight scenes, chase scenes, torture, military and paramilitary fighting scenes, intense verbal exchanges, and more. We don’t recommend bringing preteen children. We also advise you to evaluate, if your young teenager is ready for this kind of intense violence.

From the MPAA website:

PG-13 — Parental Guidance Suggested. Some Material May Not Be Suitable For Children. A PG-rated motion picture should be investigated by parents before they let their younger children attend. The PG-13 rating indicates, in the view of the Rating Board, that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, and parents should make that decision. The more mature themes in some PG-13 rated motion pictures may call for parental guidance. There may be some profanity and some depictions of violence. But these elements are not deemed so intense as to require that parents be strongly cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental guidance. There is no drug use content in a PG-13 rated motion picture.

Additional 30 Day Film Challenge Profanity Restrictions:

Because, we want to be sensitive to families, in addition to the PG-13 restrictions, we have additionally, restricted the following. So, please do not include these words/terms in your films:

  1. F*ck
  2. Sh*t
  3. Holy Sh*t
  4. Mother-F*cker
  5. “GD” – G*d D*mn
  6. “god” or “God” – when used as a swear word or expletive.
  7. “JC” – Jesus Christ – when used as swear word or expletive.
  8. Any other vulgar/Sexually explicit terms.

These are the accepted swear words for the challenge:

  1. D*mn
  2. H*ll
  3. Ass

If your actors run amuck with their foul language, please do one of the following:

  1. Edit the word, visually and audibly, out of the film
  2. Edit the audio, to drop out the word, and leave a silent spot.
  3. Edit the audio, to drop out the word, and do an ADR word replacement.
  4. Edit the audio, to drop out the word, and beep it out. (least desirable action)


The 30 Day Film Challenge will not accept any film submissions with nudity or sexual acts.

Drug Use

The 30 Day Film Challenge will not accept any film submissions that show explicit use of drugs, or glorify drug usage.