Bath Film Festival expects to become the first in the UK, and possibly the world, to give equal attention to male and female filmmakers when it presents its 26th annual programme of new and classic cinema screenings and related events at venues across the city from November 3 to 13.

The festival is already in the international spotlight for its pioneering introduction of an F-Rated classification to indicate films which give fairer on or off screen roles to women – a system now being used by scores of other festivals and cinemas

Now #BFF2016 is taking the initiative even further by unveiling an 11-day screenings programme in which exactly half of the 46 full length feature films and documentaries on screen will have been directed or written by a woman &/or give a significant role to one or more female characters.

Festival director Holly Tarquini says: “Of course there are festivals which focus entirely on women’s films, but it looks as though Bath Film Festival is the very first general interest one in Britain, and probably worldwide, to deliver a 50:50 programme while still only selecting really great movies: our number one criteria for all the films we show.”

For more details about the festival’s F-Rated screenings click here.

Further evidence of the festival’s commitment to equality and diversity is its introduction this year of

a LGBT+ strand called Queer Film and the addition of an Asian film showcase to its traditionally popular world cinema selections

Tickets for all events and screenings are on sale now via www.bathfilmfestival.org.uk or the Bath Box Office within the city’s main tourist info centre at Abbey Chambers, Kingston Parade, Bath, BA1 INL; telephone: 01225 463 362. Updates are also available from Bath Film Festival on Facebook or @bathfilm on Twitter.

The principal funders of the Bath Film Festival 2016 are the BFI (British Film Institute), Bath Spa UniversityPukka HerbsGWR and the Internet Movie database (IMDb).

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Pam Beddard, Festival Publicist – +44 (0) 117 987 0442/ 07767 621207; pam.beddard@btinternet.com