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Big news! We’ve added over 150 new films to… with more to come!

Big news! We’ve added over 150 new films to… with more to come!

Big news! We’ve added over 150 new films to… with more to come!

Over the past 6 months, the members of the NFB programming team have screened hundreds of documentaries from around the world to create a premiere destination for you, the film lovers who share our passion for point-of-view documentaries and Canadian films.

So, now when you browse the NFB site, you will have access to a collection of international documentaries carefully selected by the NFB’s 3 collection curators (Catherine Benoit, Albert Ohayon and Marc St-Pierre).

Through our selection and programming, we sought to gather works similar to the films that we produce at the NFB, in other words documentaries that present diverse viewpoints, tell a story, incite debate, ask questions, take a stand and shed light on relevant and interesting topics.

You will be able to rent outstanding documentaries such as Living on One Dollar, Cutie and the Boxer, Exit Through the Gift ShopPina, to name just a few of the feature titles.

Moreover, through our agreement with First Weekend Club, which offers you a selection of major Canadian films (in English and French) under the Canada Screens banner, you will be able to rent Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg’s latest film, or Barney’s Version, Richard J. Lewis’ feature film based on the work of Mordecai Richler.

These new titles make up a set of over 300 films that will continue to grow over the coming months in addition to our vast existing collection of over 3,000 films produced by the NFB among which you can discover or rediscover recent titles such as A Place that MattersTrick or Treaty?, Everything Will Be, Hue: A Matter of Colour and The Fruit Hunters.

Trick or Treaty?, Alanis Obomsawin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Our goal is to be the best Canadian destination for watching point-of-view documentaries and Canadian films, but in particular we are seeking to recreate the pleasure of walking through the aisles of a video store and finding a good film to watch.

In fact, I have to admit, I am nostalgic about the era of video stores, establishments where I spent a large part of my youth—from my early teens right through my twenties—scouring the rows of shelves, under dim, often defective lighting, in search of a good film.

In particular I remember my many conversations with the video store “clerks” most of whom were film fanatics who knew the collection of films under their keep like the back of their hand. They were my guides each time I roamed through the intricate maze of shelves full of films, helping me separate the wheat from the chaff.

And this is precisely the type of enriching experience we want to offer you: we want to be good “clerks” and help you find a film you will enjoy every time you visit. You will be able to see for yourself the diversity and unique character of this film collection, in which every title has been handpicked so that you can rent and watch quality, award-winning films with worldwide recognition, including a large selection of Canadian titles in English and French.

The new titles released today represent only a small slice of the vast range of intelligent, entertaining and relevant content carefully chosen for you. You now have the opportunity to discover the enhanced version of our digital store for film rentals and purchases. Don’t hesitate to ask us for help. We’re here to guide you.


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  1. Android is a much faster gronwig platform than iOS, and it is expected to take the #2 position very soon (Android + Symbian representing 1/3 each). I hope that NFB will make their app available for this platform soon.

  2. fantastic. I am really missing NFB films. I used them a lot in my classroom with newcomers as there was so much that was good to show about Canada!! Thanks for doing this!

    — susan gauer,
    1. Thank you for this positive comment. We are pleased to know that you appreciate what we are trying to do and we are happy to be able to count on your support.

      — Philippe Collard,
  3. Hello,
    I wish that I could subscribe to the NFB and watch films the way I do on Netflix. I sometimes buy films, rent films and watch many of the free NFB offers but I would like to watch more on a regular basis, to pay so much a month and have many films available while supporting something important: The NFB.

    — mary collier fleet,
    1. Thank you for this relevant comment. I will share your concerns with my colleagues and superiors and I’ll let you know if we decide to go in that direction in the future.

      — Philippe Collard,

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