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NFB Films

NFB Films

ONF / NFB

Watch over 4000 films from Canada’s National Film Board free on your device.

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  • Jul 23, 2021

    By Chris Welton
    Maybe I'm influenced by post experience but this array is golden.
  • Mar 23, 2021

    By Simon Côté
    Last update fixed for me the crashing problem (white screen issue). Work very well now. And I can cast without issue. Thanks! (Old review: Keep crashing on my samsung s10e, and it is really unfortunate because otherwise what ONF Haas put together is fantastic. I would really wish to be able to enjoy it from my phone.)
  • Subtle Gem Aug 24, 2015

    By Dr. Veritas
    I regret that it hadn't occurred too me to write this review before. I love the content variety. Something for every one I imagine. If you are sensitive you'll surely find something to offend you because it has films of many things and at times films with opposing points. My recommendation? Do like me and don't watch the items whose very titles offend you. The children's content is nice. For me, I love the simple films such as the "how to build an igloo". It was intriguing and I love to see the skill of two Inuit who slap together a nice dwelling in about 2 hours. A tool or two & you have shelter! Shows about an urban gardener. Shows depicting the life of the migrating Eskimo which life is now gone. Great to watch the old ways but I'm sure they are glad for a life of relatively greater comfort. Cree Hunters of Mistassinee (sp?), great. This review is way too long. Just get it. If you don't like it, I'll refund your ...wait it's free!
  • Feb 1, 2021

    By Darcy Perkins
    I love watching NFB films. However, I have 2 complaints with this app. First, I used to use the search function and it worked fine. Now I have a new phone and suddenly the search function doesn't work. I search for titles I KNOW are on the site, but the search comes up as the title being non-existent. Second, I saved several titles to my favourites, only to find that the entire list had been erased the next day. This also happened at least 2 or 3 times on my old phone as well as on my new phone.
  • Has some classic animation on it,then a lot of so so efforts Nov 8, 2011

    By Chiari language learner
    Some of the content is brilliant,the short Ryan was a groundbreaking computer animation about the addiction of the animator from Montreal(which ended up killing his career) when it first came out or Madame Tulti Pulti, an artful animation about a train. The rest is okay, still the concept of this project is pretty cool. I'm pretty familiar with Canadian film and they haven't been as successful as other places at creating an alternative filmmaking system. The problem is the lack of high quality content.
  • Nov 25, 2020

    By Orcinus Orca
    I really enjoy the classic Canadian Vignettes videos. Childhood memories! Thanks for making these available! I will show them to my nephew and educate him in some Canadian television history! Unfortunately, this app is not compatible with my nVidia Shield Pro. As such, I have had to deduct 1 star from my rating. Developers, if you're reading this, please make it work on the Shield! Fullscreen mode works perfectly for me on 3 separate devices, an S9+, an S20 Ultra, and a Tab S4. I suspect the other users whose reviews indicate they are having problems are experiencing a PEBKAC error.
  • Amazing Apr 21, 2015

    By Howlingman
    I can't believe more people don't know about this app. A great way to work you way through the NFBs catalog and there really is something for everyone. I especially love that you can DL films to watch off-line for 48 hrs (but those longer ones take a while to download). Only negative - wish there was a better way to navigate back thru the library after reading a film describe. Every time I do it kicks me back to the beginning of the list.
  • Apr 11, 2020

    By miscellaneousdata email
    would like to have a switch-to full screen format on this one. i am watching on my phone and honestly it's better if it has this format for a better viewing experience. content-wise, it is simply amazing.
  • Love the selection, but search doesn't work Apr 19, 2016

    By joecab
    I absolutely love having all these great NFB selections available. My only nitpick is that the search function doesn't work well: I searched for both "The Sweater" and "The Cat Came Back" and neither one came up at the top of the search results; in fact, just saying "Sweater" works even though the title in the screen clearly says "The Sweater."
  • Thank you so much for updating the app! Oct 31, 2018

    By mmrmg
    I am someone in the US who loves NFB content. The old version of the app was clunky, buggy and crashed all the time. This new update is slick and everything works well! I can finally save and rewatch all my favorites again! Thank you so much for finally fixing this app.
  • Jul 23, 2021

    By Chris Welton
    Maybe I'm influenced by post experience but this array is golden.
  • Mar 23, 2021

    By Simon Côté
    Last update fixed for me the crashing problem (white screen issue). Work very well now. And I can cast without issue. Thanks! (Old review: Keep crashing on my samsung s10e, and it is really unfortunate because otherwise what ONF Haas put together is fantastic. I would really wish to be able to enjoy it from my phone.)
  • Subtle Gem Aug 24, 2015

    By Dr. Veritas
    I regret that it hadn't occurred too me to write this review before. I love the content variety. Something for every one I imagine. If you are sensitive you'll surely find something to offend you because it has films of many things and at times films with opposing points. My recommendation? Do like me and don't watch the items whose very titles offend you. The children's content is nice. For me, I love the simple films such as the "how to build an igloo". It was intriguing and I love to see the skill of two Inuit who slap together a nice dwelling in about 2 hours. A tool or two & you have shelter! Shows about an urban gardener. Shows depicting the life of the migrating Eskimo which life is now gone. Great to watch the old ways but I'm sure they are glad for a life of relatively greater comfort. Cree Hunters of Mistassinee (sp?), great. This review is way too long. Just get it. If you don't like it, I'll refund your ...wait it's free!
  • Feb 1, 2021

    By Darcy Perkins
    I love watching NFB films. However, I have 2 complaints with this app. First, I used to use the search function and it worked fine. Now I have a new phone and suddenly the search function doesn't work. I search for titles I KNOW are on the site, but the search comes up as the title being non-existent. Second, I saved several titles to my favourites, only to find that the entire list had been erased the next day. This also happened at least 2 or 3 times on my old phone as well as on my new phone.
  • Has some classic animation on it,then a lot of so so efforts Nov 8, 2011

    By Chiari language learner
    Some of the content is brilliant,the short Ryan was a groundbreaking computer animation about the addiction of the animator from Montreal(which ended up killing his career) when it first came out or Madame Tulti Pulti, an artful animation about a train. The rest is okay, still the concept of this project is pretty cool. I'm pretty familiar with Canadian film and they haven't been as successful as other places at creating an alternative filmmaking system. The problem is the lack of high quality content.
  • Nov 25, 2020

    By Orcinus Orca
    I really enjoy the classic Canadian Vignettes videos. Childhood memories! Thanks for making these available! I will show them to my nephew and educate him in some Canadian television history! Unfortunately, this app is not compatible with my nVidia Shield Pro. As such, I have had to deduct 1 star from my rating. Developers, if you're reading this, please make it work on the Shield! Fullscreen mode works perfectly for me on 3 separate devices, an S9+, an S20 Ultra, and a Tab S4. I suspect the other users whose reviews indicate they are having problems are experiencing a PEBKAC error.
  • Amazing Apr 21, 2015

    By Howlingman
    I can't believe more people don't know about this app. A great way to work you way through the NFBs catalog and there really is something for everyone. I especially love that you can DL films to watch off-line for 48 hrs (but those longer ones take a while to download). Only negative - wish there was a better way to navigate back thru the library after reading a film describe. Every time I do it kicks me back to the beginning of the list.
  • Apr 11, 2020

    By miscellaneousdata email
    would like to have a switch-to full screen format on this one. i am watching on my phone and honestly it's better if it has this format for a better viewing experience. content-wise, it is simply amazing.
  • Love the selection, but search doesn't work Apr 19, 2016

    By joecab
    I absolutely love having all these great NFB selections available. My only nitpick is that the search function doesn't work well: I searched for both "The Sweater" and "The Cat Came Back" and neither one came up at the top of the search results; in fact, just saying "Sweater" works even though the title in the screen clearly says "The Sweater."
  • Thank you so much for updating the app! Oct 31, 2018

    By mmrmg
    I am someone in the US who loves NFB content. The old version of the app was clunky, buggy and crashed all the time. This new update is slick and everything works well! I can finally save and rewatch all my favorites again! Thank you so much for finally fixing this app.
  • NFB Making Many Films Unavailable! Jan 29, 2021

    By L J Cool
    Maybe it is because I do not live in Canada. Many, many of your films are not available to watch. Bear
  • Mar 25, 2019

    By Kevin William Walker
    It has been months and all this app is giving my Android Q6 is an unresponsive white screen, so as far as I am concerned it is useless. If it worked again I would give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐, and if it had "explore by general subject" like on the website ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Can't wait until that happens.
  • Mar 25, 2019

    By Kris FumoKrievin
    Cannot login on the LG smart TV app to view rented content. It does not recognize my email address or password. No troubles logging onto website , though.
  • Feb 6, 2019

    By Nigel Perry
    Was enjoying this, but app stopped working (blank white screen) a couple of updates ago. I had hoped this update would fix it.
  • Nov 3, 2018

    By Todd Meyer
    The screen controls for forward, reverse stop, start do not work on my two Android 7.1 devices.
  • Not so good Aug 19, 2010

    By theBigHouse
    Great idea and I'll love it once it gets all the bugs out. Tried to use it and found that if I tried to watch anything over five minutes it crashes or continuously stops. Oftentimes when trying to start a film I would just get a blank white screen and it would freeze me out. The one film I did watch was great but like I said I could only open one. I'm thankful I didn't pay for this ap.
  • Mar 24, 2019

    By Trent Helms
    was great until it stopped working a month or so ago. now there's only a blank, white screen. disappointing.
  • Dec 19, 2018

    By Michel T
    nice... but it just gobles up space (over 2gig) and there doesn't seem to be an easy way to purge the old files...
  • Poor performance of NFB app Jun 17, 2011

    By WSJ Writer
    Very buggy application. Since there are only few of these on app store, other one is SNAG, which is US only. But another one that shows huge promise and is a great app for documentary films is FILM FESTIVAL TV instead. Much more variety of documentaries. It is TV interface thought, but love the documentary films since they have much more broader backgrounds/
  • Apr 8, 2019

    By Mathieu Cléroux
    Always a blank screen. Why is this not getting fixed?

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  • Jul 23, 2021

    By Chris Welton
    Maybe I'm influenced by post experience but this array is golden.
  • Mar 23, 2021

    By Simon Côté
    Last update fixed for me the crashing problem (white screen issue). Work very well now. And I can cast without issue. Thanks! (Old review: Keep crashing on my samsung s10e, and it is really unfortunate because otherwise what ONF Haas put together is fantastic. I would really wish to be able to enjoy it from my phone.)
  • Subtle Gem Aug 24, 2015

    By Dr. Veritas
    I regret that it hadn't occurred too me to write this review before. I love the content variety. Something for every one I imagine. If you are sensitive you'll surely find something to offend you because it has films of many things and at times films with opposing points. My recommendation? Do like me and don't watch the items whose very titles offend you. The children's content is nice. For me, I love the simple films such as the "how to build an igloo". It was intriguing and I love to see the skill of two Inuit who slap together a nice dwelling in about 2 hours. A tool or two & you have shelter! Shows about an urban gardener. Shows depicting the life of the migrating Eskimo which life is now gone. Great to watch the old ways but I'm sure they are glad for a life of relatively greater comfort. Cree Hunters of Mistassinee (sp?), great. This review is way too long. Just get it. If you don't like it, I'll refund your ...wait it's free!
  • Has some classic animation on it,then a lot of so so efforts Nov 8, 2011

    By Chiari language learner
    Some of the content is brilliant,the short Ryan was a groundbreaking computer animation about the addiction of the animator from Montreal(which ended up killing his career) when it first came out or Madame Tulti Pulti, an artful animation about a train. The rest is okay, still the concept of this project is pretty cool. I'm pretty familiar with Canadian film and they haven't been as successful as other places at creating an alternative filmmaking system. The problem is the lack of high quality content.
  • Thank you so much for updating the app! Oct 31, 2018

    By mmrmg
    I am someone in the US who loves NFB content. The old version of the app was clunky, buggy and crashed all the time. This new update is slick and everything works well! I can finally save and rewatch all my favorites again! Thank you so much for finally fixing this app.
  • Oct 25, 2018

    By A Google user
    Nice update and finally able to watch movies from start to finish without crashing, freezing, sudden exits, needless pauses...
  • Ally Balti Mar 29, 2014

    By RealNiggaX
    Amazing app. I live in Pakistan. We don't have enough electricity here, power is down for few hours everyday! The thing I love most about this app is that you can download the video in the app and watch it without wifi. Thank you guys! My iPad is cool now! Thank you!
  • Mar 19, 2021

    By Trista Coull
    a hidden gem full of great films!! I'm so glad I downloaded it. I can't believe the majority of their films are FREE :o
  • Excellent! Jul 8, 2011

    By nonick22
    I'm very much enjoying the content from the "Green" and "History" channels which offer documentaries on Canada's National Parks, agricultural history, natural resources and more. Favorite features of this application: A) The ability to download video content for off-line viewing. The application sets a 48-hour window for viewing and then automatically removes the content. B) Using the "Favorites" feature to tag films to which I'd like to return later. C) Using the "Related Films" link to find films of similar content. Well done, NFB. Thank you.
  • Awesome Oct 18, 2014

    By Clubplaymiami1
    It won't play in offline mode please fix and also It just goes back to the home screen on the iPad and iPhone 5s
  • Nov 25, 2020

    By Orcinus Orca
    I really enjoy the classic Canadian Vignettes videos. Childhood memories! Thanks for making these available! I will show them to my nephew and educate him in some Canadian television history! Unfortunately, this app is not compatible with my nVidia Shield Pro. As such, I have had to deduct 1 star from my rating. Developers, if you're reading this, please make it work on the Shield! Fullscreen mode works perfectly for me on 3 separate devices, an S9+, an S20 Ultra, and a Tab S4. I suspect the other users whose reviews indicate they are having problems are experiencing a PEBKAC error.
  • Amazing Apr 21, 2015

    By Howlingman
    I can't believe more people don't know about this app. A great way to work you way through the NFBs catalog and there really is something for everyone. I especially love that you can DL films to watch off-line for 48 hrs (but those longer ones take a while to download). Only negative - wish there was a better way to navigate back thru the library after reading a film describe. Every time I do it kicks me back to the beginning of the list.
  • Love the selection, but search doesn't work Apr 19, 2016

    By joecab
    I absolutely love having all these great NFB selections available. My only nitpick is that the search function doesn't work well: I searched for both "The Sweater" and "The Cat Came Back" and neither one came up at the top of the search results; in fact, just saying "Sweater" works even though the title in the screen clearly says "The Sweater."
  • Outstanding Collection Oct 14, 2014

    By Panegyrist
    My mother's family is Canadian, so perhaps I'm biased, but this is an incredible collection of NFB films. They range from educational documentaries to poetry and even investigational pieces. The quality is outstanding, both in terms of video delivery and content. Try it. Its free and fun. I gave four rather than five stars for occasional frustrating lag.
  • Please do Apple TV Update! Aug 26, 2020

    By robpreuss
    I love your collection of films SO MUCH. i love being able to save favourites on the iPhone/iPad App - but can you please add this function to the AppleTV version????? And maybe also a user account to sign in so that the Favourites list will be available across all devices?! please and thank you! : )
  • Was great until last update!!!! Jul 1, 2013

    By EBEBEBEB
    This app was wonderful and brought lots of entertainment but now with the latest update, it crashes right out of the App EVERY TIME a movie is executed! PLEASE FIX for iPad users (old and new iPad generations). Thanks in advance.
  • Incredible potential Jul 2, 2010

    By jordantate
    This application has an amazing amount of promise. Fantastic idea, still a little buggy, but the only app of it's kind.
  • Feb 1, 2021

    By Darcy Perkins
    I love watching NFB films. However, I have 2 complaints with this app. First, I used to use the search function and it worked fine. Now I have a new phone and suddenly the search function doesn't work. I search for titles I KNOW are on the site, but the search comes up as the title being non-existent. Second, I saved several titles to my favourites, only to find that the entire list had been erased the next day. This also happened at least 2 or 3 times on my old phone as well as on my new phone.
  • Apr 11, 2020

    By miscellaneousdata email
    would like to have a switch-to full screen format on this one. i am watching on my phone and honestly it's better if it has this format for a better viewing experience. content-wise, it is simply amazing.
  • Jun 12, 2020

    By Samsung Galaxy
    No full screen mode in landscape mode is ridiculous. 1080p is reduced to half on Android tablet. Whose idea was that?
  • Nice but unstable Jul 7, 2010

    By Neodoubleo
    I really, really wanted to like this application because I'm a big fan of NFB. I think it still deserves 3 stars just for the effort itself. Please fix the crashes and I'll bump it up to 5 stars. Thanks.
  • Jun 1, 2020

    By Tiffany Claire
    I LOOOVE having access to so much canadian content, but I have this app on my chromebook and there isnt a rewind button. Is that normal?
  • Nov 3, 2018

    By Todd Meyer
    The screen controls for forward, reverse stop, start do not work on my two Android 7.1 devices.
  • Dec 19, 2018

    By Michel T
    nice... but it just gobles up space (over 2gig) and there doesn't seem to be an easy way to purge the old files...
  • You better fix this right now Aug 3, 2014

    By Justin crum
    This thing keeps on closing out on me this is the stupid app I ever had until that its a good app that I know but it constantly keeps closing out on me when I want to watch movies on it.
  • NFB Making Many Films Unavailable! Jan 29, 2021

    By L J Cool
    Maybe it is because I do not live in Canada. Many, many of your films are not available to watch. Bear
  • Mar 25, 2019

    By Kevin William Walker
    It has been months and all this app is giving my Android Q6 is an unresponsive white screen, so as far as I am concerned it is useless. If it worked again I would give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐, and if it had "explore by general subject" like on the website ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Can't wait until that happens.
  • Mar 25, 2019

    By Kris FumoKrievin
    Cannot login on the LG smart TV app to view rented content. It does not recognize my email address or password. No troubles logging onto website , though.
  • Feb 6, 2019

    By Nigel Perry
    Was enjoying this, but app stopped working (blank white screen) a couple of updates ago. I had hoped this update would fix it.
  • Not so good Aug 19, 2010

    By theBigHouse
    Great idea and I'll love it once it gets all the bugs out. Tried to use it and found that if I tried to watch anything over five minutes it crashes or continuously stops. Oftentimes when trying to start a film I would just get a blank white screen and it would freeze me out. The one film I did watch was great but like I said I could only open one. I'm thankful I didn't pay for this ap.
  • Mar 24, 2019

    By Trent Helms
    was great until it stopped working a month or so ago. now there's only a blank, white screen. disappointing.
  • Poor performance of NFB app Jun 17, 2011

    By WSJ Writer
    Very buggy application. Since there are only few of these on app store, other one is SNAG, which is US only. But another one that shows huge promise and is a great app for documentary films is FILM FESTIVAL TV instead. Much more variety of documentaries. It is TV interface thought, but love the documentary films since they have much more broader backgrounds/
  • Apr 8, 2019

    By Mathieu Cléroux
    Always a blank screen. Why is this not getting fixed?
  • Jan 31, 2019

    By M C
    Crashes and no longer functions since 2019-01-29 update .

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