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The Internet Movie Database or IMDb has recently added the ‘F-rating’, a film classification aiming to identify films made by, written, directed, or significantly starred in by women.

According to the micro-site especially created for the category, the F-rating is a classification for any film which:

1. Is directed by a woman
2. Is written by a woman
3. Features significant women in their own right

There are over 21, 800 pictures that have qualified for the rating including Moana, The Parent Trap, and The Girl on the Train.

For films that have met all three of the qualifications, like Bridget Jones’s Baby and American Honey, a triple F-rating is granted.

F-rating was introduced in the Bath Film Festival in 2014 by film executive Holly Tarquini.

Tarquini used the Bechdel test, an assessment first established in 1985 by cartoonist Alison Bechdel that “asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women or girls who talk to each other about something other than a man”—a concept which has always been plagued by controversy for having partial standards.

The F-rating is still not available on the IMDb’s landing page, but it is accessible when browsed on the
site through a search of keywords.


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