For 48hrs from 6:00pm

Thursday 22nd October

The F-Rating is awarded to films:

1. directed by a woman and/or
2. written by a woman


If the film also features significant women on screen in their own right it is TRIPLE F-Rated. 

The rating is designed to support and promote women and redress the imbalance in the film industry.

In the top 250 films of 2015 women made up just 3.6% of all directors, 4.4% of writers, 10.4% of all producers. 

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.

34% of this years edition of Bolton Film Festival is F-Rated, a figure we hope to see rise to around 50% in the years to come. We can only do this if we are sent the films, so spread the word, Bolton International Film Festival is proud to be F-Rated. 



Alice Seabright
United Kingdom, 2019

Jaq is angry. But she also wants to have sex. This should be straightforward - angry sex is one of the pre-approved genres for copulation. But her body is out to sabotage her coitus in the worst way.... endometriosis.

Family Film

Helen Selka
Ireland, 2019

An intimate portrait made by filmmaker/mother Helen Selka. She gathers her offspring to review past footage and reflect on the film making process, the journey to adulthood and sibling/parent relationships.


Caroline Bartleet
United Kingdom, 2019

Temporarily released from prison to attend her mother’s funeral, Rachel travels home hoping to reconnect with the daughter she left behind.

How can I forget

Natalia Andreadis
United Kingdom, 2019

Joe and Connie's awkward blind date takes an interesting turn when they discover that they share the same magical ability.

Dawn in the dark

Runyararo Mapfumo
United Kingdom, 2019

On the eve of her father's birthday, Dawn and her fun uncle Nate struggle over her bedtime routine. A new dynamic to their relationship is explored as they navigate their way through a family crisis.


Josza Anjembe
France, 2020

Issa, 20 years old, is about to get out from jail, when he meets Gaetan a young inmate who has not served his sentence yet...

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