The future is female.

Words by

Nikki Escalante

Get your Future is Female shirts out, ladies.

IMDb has just added a new F-rating system, which sees films rated based on how inclusive they are of women.

The score will be adopted into IMDb’s rating system, running alongside traditional MPAA ratings, G to R18+.

Executive Director of England’s Bath Film Festival, Holly Tarquini, first created the rating in 2014 in an effort to recognise females within the film industry.

So, how does it work? For a film to be given the F-score, they must meet any (or all three) of the following criteria points:

  • Female director
  • Female writer
  • Features significant, empowered female characters who aren’t identified by a man.
  • This criteria is very much like The Bechdel Test, a media test for films. A film only passes The Bechdel Test if it features two female characters that talk to each other about anything besides a man.

In case you hadn’t worked it out, the F stands for female and it has since been applied to 21,800 films.

Having ticked off all three criteria points, Frozen, Bridget Jones’ Baby and American Honey have already earned a triple rating. And we just can’t wait to watch the list grow.

“It’s exciting when new organisations decide to join us in shining a light both on the brilliant work women are doing in film, and how the industry lags behind most other industries when it comes to providing equal opportunities to women,” says Tarquini.

Acknowledging the inequalities that still currently exist within the film industry, she adds:

“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.”

IMDb is the latest organisation to add the F-score, joining over 40 cinemas and festivals in the UK which have already adopted the system.

More like F for f*cking brilliant.


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