The F Rating was created by the executive director of a film festival in Bath, England back in 2014. Similar to the Bechdel Test, its purpose is to celebrate and promote women film makers and their work.
Holly Tarquini’s classification goes to films that have been written or directed by one or more female film-makers, plus any film that features complex female characters who play a major part in the plot. The triple F rating goes to a film that boasts all three of these factors.
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has now adopted the F rating, adding it to more than 21,000 titles on the site. You can access the full list, which includes triple F-rated American Honey, Toni Erdmann, and Under the Shadow now.
“It’s great that you can now use IMDb to browse films directed and written by women,” Tarquini told the Guardian. “This is important because films by and featuring women often have significantly less spent on promotion, so they are more difficult for audiences to find."