The Best NFB Films of the 1980s
With 3000+ films that you can stream for free, picking a starting point can be tricky!
Enjoy a (subjective) list of the 10 best NFB films from the 1980s!
Flamenco at 5:15
Be mesmerized by a group of young ballet dancers as they learn the centuries-old art of flamenco from icons Susana and Antonio Robledo. This short won the 1984 Best Short Documentary Oscar®.
Peep and the Great Wide World
Hop along for a series of wild adventures with these 3 short films featuring Peep the chicken, Chirp the robin and Quack the duck. Narrated by Peter Ustinov.
Watch this short re-enactment about Tom Sukanen, a Finnish immigrant who settled in Saskatchewan in the 1920s and spent 10 years building an iron ship to carry him back to Finland. (Hint: It didn’t quite work out).
The Big Snit
Hilarious and poignant, this Oscar® nominated short by Richard Condie depicts the high-voltage intersection between a domestic quarrel and global nuclear war.
The Cat Came Back
You know the plot: the cat just keeps on coming back. But the zany details of this oppressed cat-owner’s efforts to get rid of his scheming pet are absurdly hilarious every time.
Take a wild ride with Bob Diemert, a Manitoban man with a dream to build the world’s next great fighter plane for only $25,000. Can he do it?
The Devil At Your Heels
Some people are content leading placid lives; others only feel alive building rocket-powered cars to jump across mile-wide stretches of the St. Lawrence River. Ken Carter belonged to the latter category.
The Great Buffalo Saga
Watch this compelling combo of live-action footage, eyewitness accounts and archival photos depicting the story of the buffalo’s revival on the North American plains.
A young Canadiens fan mistakenly gets a Leafs jersey… and it feels like the end of the world! Based on The Hockey Sweater, a book Wayne Gretzky used to read to his children.
Join naturalist Bill Mason on a journey by canoe that begins on Lake Superior and explores winding river waters to the meadowlands of the river’s source.