Founded by Holly Tarquini in 2014, the F-Rating is used like a Fair trade stamp to give film lovers an easily identifiable label so they can choose films that fairly represent women on screen and behind the camera.

Highlighting these films sends a clear message to distributors, producers and funders that women can and should have more than just a supporting role within the industry


The F-Rating is applied to all films which are directed by women and/or written by women. If the film ALSO has significant women on screen, it receives a TRIPLE F-Rating, our gold standard. The rating allows audiences to “vote with your seat” and proactively choose to go and see F-Rated films.



The stories we see on screen need to be told by a broad spectrum of people to represent our diverse culture. Without change, we will train the next generation to recognise only white males as the protagonists and the ones in control of the cameras, scripts and budgets. As well as equality on screen and behind the camera, more female film critics from diverse backgrounds need to be welcomed into the industry so that opinion and feedback is balanced. The gender pay gap is also evident in the industry and we fully support organisations such as Raising Films who support, promote and campaign for parents and careers in the UK screen sector as one way to help close the gap.

“IF SHE CAN SEE IT, SHE CAN BE IT.” - ®. © 2023 Geena Davis

Over the past 20 years, we have witnessed a steady shift in the way women are portrayed in TV dramas. We now see women appearing as the lead – not merely the victim – in gritty detective and crime dramas such as The Killing, The Fall and Happy Valley. At the same time, an Associated Press review of accredited forensic science programmes in the US found about 75% of graduates are women, an increase from about 64% in 2000. At the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, 36 of the 47 scientists hired since 2005 have been women. And the reason they chose to go into this profession? Strong female role models – both on screen and off known by the short hand, “The Scully Effect“.


In real life women are not primarily just eye candy, princesses, dumb blondes, nagging wives or victims. They are engineers, heroes, trailblazers, surgeons and rulers. We need to see a massive increase in roles that reflect women’s real place in society in order to give a true representation of 50% of the population.


08th Mar 2023

The F-Rated Podcast launches, featuring feminist chat with remarkable women in film from director Amma Asante to multi-award winning composer Nainita Desai. Hosted by F-Rated founder, Holly Tarquini and BBC World Service presenter, journalist Anu Anand.
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07th Oct 2016

The 26th Bath Film Festival programme is launched with 50% F-Rated films

22nd Oct 2016

With A-list advocates such as Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Thompson and Meryl Streep speaking out about inequality, the conversation about women in film is now more relevant and important than ever

01st Jun 2016

This year our founder has been invited to address audiences at the BFI, film festivals, Pure Movies, Genesis Cinema, and Cinemagic Festival as well as at universities and schools nationwide

30th Oct 2015

In 2015, momentum continued to build with many film festivals and cinemas choosing to use the F-Rating at their events to sit alongside a film’s usual age classification. The UK media continued to cover the rating, building pressure on the UK film industry to address the issue

15th Oct 2014

Holly Tarquini launches the F-Rating at Bath Film Festival, attracting international media attention. Support was widespread, including the BBC, The Telegraph, Entertainment Weekly, The Independent, Elle, and Marie Claire. Social media ignited global exposure and support for the F-Rating and gained us a diverse and passionate following.
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Director, producer and Head of Bath Film Festival Holly Tarquini founded the F-Rating in 2014. Since then we are proud to have grown into a fully fledged organisation dedicated to supporting women in film and driving equality in the film industry.

Ali Bailey

F-Rated Brains Trust

Ali joined Directors UK in 2014 and previously worked at the Citizens Advice service where she headed up the new...

Elspeth Hinde

F-Rated Brains Trust

Elspeth suggested highlighting Bechdel-test-approved films at Bath Film Festival, prompting the idea for F-rating. She writes a feminist blog called...

Gali Gold

F-Rated Brains Trust

Gali Gold has championed women filmmakers and filmmaking throughout her career, focusing her PhD on documentaries made by women filmmakers,...

Holly Tarquini


Producer, Director (and for 12 years, the Executive Director of Bath Film Festival), F-Rating Founder, AstangaYoga student, parent, intersectional feminist.

Kate Hardie

F-Rated Brains Trust

Director, writer, actor.

Laura Adams

F-Rated Brains Trust

Laura Adams is Director of Membership Services at Directors UK, and oversees the events and career development offered by the...

So Mayer

F-Rated Brains Trust

So Mayer is a full-time feminist film activist as part of Club des Femmes and Raising Films, author of Political Animals: The New Feminist...