The F-Rating highlights films that can answer yes to one of the following questions:
1. Does it have a female director?
2. Is it written by a woman?
In contrast to Hollywood, where there has been much controversy lately concerning the status, treatment, and representation of women, world cinema has a high proportion of female directors.
In 2018 50% of WOW’s festival programme has the “F-Rated” stamp of approval!
Here's what 'Buzz Magazine' has to say about the initiative:
"Undeniably the most exciting element of this year's WOW Film Festival is its keen focus on works from female film-makers. With the introduction of an F-rating', you'll be able to easily pick out the films that have either been written or directed by a woman, or simply feature a strong female presence in the narrative. The fact that the festival aims to acknowledge and celebrate the work of women in world cinema is just one of the many unique elements that distinguish it from any other of its kind. It is proof of the festival's commitment to recognising diverse and alternative cinema, which is so often ignored by the mainstream. Put simply, the WOW Film Festival is an unmissable event."