Compared with British and American film, world cinema has a far higher proportion of female directors, writers and significant female roles.
Developed by Bath Film Festival and now expanding across the UK, the F-Rating is a new film rating that highlights films made by and featuring women.
Any film that answers yes to one of these questions is awarded the F-Rating stamp of approval.
1. Does it have a female director?
2. Is it written by a woman?
3. Are there significant female characters on screen in their own right?
Rather like the Fairtrade stamp, the F-Rating is there to give you the opportunity to vote with your seat, and support women in film. So look out for films marked with the new ‘F-Rating’ and join us in supporting women in world cinema.
Here's what 'Buzz Magazine' has to say about the initiative:
"Undeniably the most exciting element of this year's WOW Film Festival is its keen focus on works from female film-makers. With the introduction of an F-rating', you'll be able to easily pick out the films that have either been written or directed by a woman, or simply feature a strong female presence in the narrative. The fact that the festival aims to acknowledge and celebrate the work of women in world cinema is just one of the many unique elements that distinguish it from any other of its kind. It is proof of the festival's commitment to recognising diverse and alternative cinema, which is so often ignored by the mainstream. Put simply, the WOW Film Festival is an unmissable event."