Bath Film Festival

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Now FilmBath[1], Bath Film Festival was established in 1991, in Bath, England, by members of the Bath Film Society. The organisation has expanded in duration, venues, and titles. In 1997, it was registered as a non profit-distributing company and, in 2000, as a charitable organisation. The festival has also expanded its programme over the years[2] to include workshops for festival-goers, live music accompaniments to silent cinema, and more recently, open-air cinema, starting in 2003 with a screening of E.T. in partnership with the Holburne Museum of Art. Since its foundation, the festival has screened over 1000 films.

IMDb is a co-sponsor of the festival and of several festival awards.[3]

Nicolas Roeg's 2007 film Puffball had its UK premiere at the festival.[4] In January 2014, a special screening of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ at Wells Cathedral (along with a companion screening of The Passion of Joan of Arc at Bath Abbey) provoked some controversy; the church defended its decision to allow the screening.[5][6]

In 2014[7] Bath Film Festival's Executive Director Holly Tarquini founded the F-Rating which is awarded to films directed and/or written by women. In 2015 the F-Rating was adopted by dozens of independent film festivals and cinemas[8] including The Barbican. In 2016 Holly Tarquini delivered a TEDx talk about the rating.[9] In 2017, the keyword 'f-rated' was added to over 22,000 titles on IMDb.[10]


  1. ^ "Home". FilmBath. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  2. ^ Christopher Hansford, "An All-Star Cast for This Year's Fabulous Film Fest", Bath Chronicle, 8 November 2012  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  3. ^ "Bath, Nordic, Assembly: film festival previews", The Guardian, 22 November 2013.
  4. ^ Charlotte Cripps, "Something Wicked This Way Comes", The Independent. 30 October 2007  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  5. ^ Michael Trimmer, "Wells Cathedral defends decision to screen 'The Last Temptation of Christ'", Christian Today, 10 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Cathedral Supports Showing of Last Temptation of Christ", Wells Journal, 16 January 2014  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  7. ^ "Films with a strong female character set to be given new 'F' rating". Mail Online. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  8. ^ "Film rating that highlights role of women gains support". Screen. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  9. ^ TEDx Talks (2016-12-05), Stories Shape Us | Holly Tarquini | TEDxYouth@Bath, retrieved 2018-02-26
  10. ^ "F-Rating added to online film site". BBC News. 2017-03-05. Retrieved 2018-02-26.

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