Introduced at the Bath Film Festival in the UK by director Holly Tarquini, an”F-Rating” is a simple way to see women highlighted in film.
And now the very popular movie website IMDb (Internet Movie Database) has added a “female rating,” recognizing films that are written, directed and star women.
IMDb CEO Col Needham said, “The F-Rating is a great way to highlight women on screen and behind the camera.”
Tarquini said that 21,800 films have now been tagged with the F-Rating on IMDb. In fact, “Frozen”, “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and “American Honey” earn the top marks, a “triple F,” from the new female in film rating system.
“The F-Rating is intended to make people talk about the representation of women on and off screen,” Tarquini said. “It’s exciting when new organizations decide to join us in shining a light both on the brilliant work women are doing in film and on how far the film industry lags behind most other industries, when it comes to providing equal opportunities to women.”
She says the real goal is to reach the stage when the F-Rating is redundant since most of the stories we see on screen are told by and about the female gender.