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IMDb adds 'F-rating' to identify female-focused films

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The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) now features an "F-rating" to identify films that are feminist-friendly.

Film that feature a female director, a female writer, sees "significant women on screen in their own right" or passes the Bechdel test will receive the special rating.

The Bechdel Test was first established in 1985 by comics writer Alison Bechdel. In order to pass the test, a film must feature two female characters talking to each other about something other than a man.

"The F-Rating is a great way to highlight women on screen and behind the camera," IMDb founder and CEO Col Needham told The Telegraph.

Films that don't feature a female director or writer can still earn an "F" as long as they pass the Bechdel Test.

So far, 21,800 films on IMDb have an "F" including "Kung Fu Panda 2," "The Girl on the Train," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "The Parent Trap."

Some films can earn a "Triple F" rating if they meet all three conditions. Those films include "Frozen," "American Honey" and "Bridget Jones’s Baby."

"Our real goal is to reach the stage when the F-Rating is redundant because 50% of the stories we see on screen are told by and about film’s unfairly under-represented half of the population – women," Bath Film Festival director Holly Tarquini, who first introduced the ratings system in 2014, said.

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