Introduction to .FILM


NetNames has been given notice that Motion Picture Domain Registry Pty plan to open the .FILM new Top Level Domain registry on the 4th August 2015. The .FILM gTLD will be supported by ARI as the back-end provider. The .FILM TLD will be an open registry and will offer the following registration periods:

Trademark Sunrise4th August 2015 to 3rd October 2015✔
EAP4th August 2015 to 3rd October 2015✔
General Availability6th October 2015✔

The registry will be offering Sunrise registrations to all Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) verified mark holders. Any valid duplicate applications made during the Sunrise period will be resolved by means of an auction after the close of the phase on or after the 3rd October2015. Sunrise orders can be placed via your NetNames Domain Management Portal or via your Account Manager. Should you still wish to place any trademarks with the TMCH, please contact your Account Manager.


The registry will be offering a concurrent EAP/Landrush phase on a first-come first serve basis although trademarks will carry a priority.


Registration Info

  • The .FILM gTLD will be available to any applicant with some restriction – see Eligibility Criteria;
  • Registrations can be for 3 to 63 characters;
  • FILM will support IDN registrations (To be confirmed by the registry);
  • Premium names will renew at same price as at registration;
  • .FILM is not eligible for blocking under the Domains Protected Marks List (DPML) rights protection mechanism;
  • Applications made in the Trademark Sunrise and EAP will incur a one-off Access fee which will be billed in the next invoice period and is non-refundable.

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