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Films & Videos: National Film Board

The University of Lethbridge Library has a wide selection of films on multiple formats which are available for check out or streaming online! Use this guide for help with searching for films using the library catalogue.

NFB.ca and National Film Board CAMPUS

Creating a profile

Creating a personal profile through the NFB website can allow you to access features such as chaptering, playlist creation and study guides.

To begin you need to create an individual NFB.ca account if you don't already have one.

 


Once you have created a personal account you then need to connect your individual account to CAMPUS. Do so by following this link and entering "University of Lethbridge" into the search box. Select from the list and click "continue."



 

You can now access additional features and content available only through CAMPUS.

Our subscription offers two separate levels of access to CAMPUS, one for students and one for educators.

  1. Students can access thousands of films and other media simply by going to NFB.ca while using any school computer for which you have provided the IP address. Additionally, students have access to playlists and chapters, created and shared by an educator, while using any computer at home or school.
  2. Educators can access everything that students do, as well as all the tools and resources that make CAMPUS unique. To get access to these features, your educators will need to activate their individual accounts. They can activate their accounts by following this link.

Every year our NFB CAMPUS subscription requires a new activation key.  Please note that the NFB database description and individual CAMPUS film records have been updated with the new key.  Users who have accounts will simply need to use that link and everything should work as expected.  New users will create an account using that link and they will be recognized as an authorized user.   If they don’t connect through the new link (token) they will be presented with an error screen indicating that they do not have access to these films, but they may purchase access. 

Searching in the catalogue

Films and videos available to stream through the National Film Board have been entered into the University of Lethbridge Library catalogue. That means when you search the catalogue you will get all the relevant results not only for the videos in the physical media collection, but relevant results from NFB.ca will also be provided to you. 

If you are searching in the library catalogue and only want to see films from the National Film Board, whether online or in physical format, include the term "National Film Board" in your film/video advanced keyword search.

Searching in NFB.ca

There are many ways to search and browse the NFB online collection.

On the top left of screen, clicking the "film" option allows you to explore by: titles, directors, channels, playlists, and subjects.

Channels offer 19 broad topics in which films are organized. Of note, the accessibility channel contains all the films (from animation to documentary) which have description for the visually impaired.

Playlists include collections developed by NFB experts and media personalities highlighting particular themes. A few theme examples include: "Prime Ministers of Canada," "Learning through Empathy-Secondary and Postsecondary," and "The 1960s: An Explosion of Creativity."

Clicking on the "search" bar allows you to use the Explore option which provides many more options to search and filter. You can explore films by subject, director, or content for teachers. Additionally you can narrow your search by genre, format (such as short-film, feature length, or interview), by language, accessibility, etc. 

 

From any location on the NFB.ca site you can begin a search for a film using the search box in the top left hand corner.

 

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