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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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