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The Irish Film Institute Introduce F-rating for Films with Female Writers & Directors
31 Jul 2017 : Katie McNeice
Still, 'Maudie'
Among the first films to receive the rating is Aisling Walsh’s ‘Maudie’, coinciding with a dedicated Director in Focus strand next month focused on the director, which includes a career interview and upcoming screening of ‘Song for a Raggy Boy’.

The introduction of the rating is part of the IFI’s strategic objective to reflect a diversity of cinematic perspectives.

It will be introduced from August 2017 and was originally developed by the Bath Film Festival in 2014 as a way to champion the substantial creative contributions by women to the film industry.

The F rating now has a significant presence in the international festival scene and on IMDb, with over 22,000 films now displaying the classification.

Ross Keane, Director, IFI:
“The IFI is committed to delivering a broad, diverse and inclusive range of films, representing different voices, eras, genders and cultures. We’re delighted to be introducing the F-rating which allows us to be fully transparent about gender representation across our various programmes, and highlights women both on-screen and behind the camera.”

The IFI has a long-standing commitment to screening the work of female filmmakers. In June this year alone, over 50% of the films screened at the IFI were directed by women. This year has already seen the IFI collaborate with the Feminist Film Festival Dublin on a screening of Barbara Loden’s Wanda while, since January, the Institute has showcased the work of Irish filmmakers such as Laura McGann, Juanita Wilson, Neasa Ní Chianáin, and Emer Reynolds, alongside internationally acclaimed work from Kirsten Johnson, Maren Ade, Kelly Reichardt, Icíar Bollaín, Julia Ducournau, Julie Dash, and Nicole Garcia.

Other films to receive the F-rating in August include Amanda Lipitz’s documentary ‘Step’, Pete Docter’s ‘Inside Out’, screening as part of the our Bigger Picture strand and co-written by Meg LeFauve, as well as two films from Dark Corners, our season of films from the Weimar Republic: Lotte Reiniger’s ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’ and Leontine Sagan’s ‘Mädchen in Uniform’.




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