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IMDb Introduces “F” Rating for Female-Represented Films

IMDb has added a new rating to it’s system for films that represent women, either behind the scenes or on camera.

The “F for Female” rating was created by Holly Tarquini, Executive Director at UK’s Bath Film Festival, to emphasize women in film, according to Bath Chronicle.

Films are judged in three different categories: whether it was directed, written, or featured women in prominent roles on screen.

“The F-rating is intended to make people talk about the representation of women on and off screen,” Tarquini said.

Thus far, IMDb has added the “F” rating to 21,800 films, according to the BBC. Some films, such as “American Honey,” “Frozen,” and “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” have received a “Triple F” rating,

“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,” Tarquini said.

Tarquini expanded on the goal of the F rating, making a good defense for anyone opposed to the new ranking.

“Our real goal is to reach the stage when the F rating is redundant because 50 per cent of the stories we see on screen are told by and about film’s unfairly under-represented half of the population — women.”


Though it is not yet obvious on IMDb where these movie titles will be rated, the BBC stated that IMDb founder and CEO is “very supportive,” of the F rating.

We can only assume that IMDb is in the process of rolling out these new features, which are definitely something to look out for.

What do you think of IMDb’s new ranking?

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