A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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Download new and classic films at NFB.ca

Press release


Montreal, November 21, 2011 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is offering a new way to enjoy quality homegrown cinema, responding to the needs of Canadian consumers with a download-to-own feature on its popular online Screening Room, NFB.ca. While the NFB’s award-winning video portal continues to offer free streaming, Canadians can now purchase and download their own digital versions of films to play on all devices, including video-capable smartphones and tablets.

The NFB’s download service offers a better way to own your favourite NFB films: there’s no need to manufacture and ship discs by mail, so it’s faster, less expensive and greener. Users can download films from the NFB’s online Screening Room simply by clicking on the “buy the digital version” button on each film’s webpage, or they can browse titles at the NFB’s Digital Boutique, nfb.ca/digital-boutique

The new service offers classic and best-selling films for every taste, including auteur animation, award-winning documentaries, alternative dramas and films for kids and families. Popular new releases for download include the multi-award-winning documentaries Reel Injun, a history of North American Aboriginal people in cinema, and Up the Yangtze, a rare inside look at the sweeping changes taking place in China during the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. Acclaimed animation titles include the beloved comedy favourite The Cat Came Back and the dazzling stop-motion Madame Tutli-Putli, both Oscar nominees.

Each purchase of a film in HD or Standard format includes mobile versions ideal for viewing on small screen. Prices start as low as $1.95 for short films in standard definition, with the NFB’s top tier of premium feature-length films in high definition available for $19.95. 

About the NFB

Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is developing the entertainment forms of the future in groundbreaking interactive productions, while pioneering new directions in 3D stereoscopic film, community-based media, and more. It works in collaboration with emerging and established filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Over 2,000 NFB productions can be streamed online, at the NFB.ca Screening Room as well as via partnerships with the world’s leading video portals, while the NFB’s growing family of apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV delivers the experience of cinema to Canadians everywhere.


For more information, please contact:

Melissa Than, Publicist, NFB
Phone: 416-952-8960 / Cell: 647-248-9854
E-mail: m.than@nfb.ca / Twitter: @NFB_Melissa

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Phone: 514-283-3838 / Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca