As featured in a nation-wide marketing campaign by Apple, the NFB Films app allows you to watch over 2500 movies - documentaries, animations and feature films - free on your iPad.

* WATCH over 2500 NFB movies on your mobile device
* Pre-load films to WATCH OFFLINE (Store films for up to 48 hours)
* Bookmark your favourite films
* SEARCH the NFB film collection
* Browse films by CHANNEL (New CANADA SCREENS Channel!)
* KIDS' channel with fun and educational content for children
* SHARE your discoveries with your friends by email, on Twitter or Facebook
* TV Out and airplay support, allowing you to stream films to television

"The iPhone app was great, but the new iPad app is brilliant. Canadian film history made accessible, as it should be. Thank you." -Anthony Cushing
"Best Content App of the Year" - The Apple Blog

The NFB Films app requires iOS 6 and above.

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The National Film Board is Canada's public film producer and distributor. Find out more at

What's New

Version 3.0.0

Now compatible with Apple’s new iOS 11.

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
18 Ratings
18 Ratings

Still pretty awful

Big upgrade, poor execution. Take offline viewing. If autolock kicks, your download stops for good with no option to restart. Which is going to be every time. New rentals feature is incomprehensible and also doesn't work. Search results still have no discernible logic. Nice job, NFB.


Not Up To NFB Standards

What gives NFB? Why release an app with so many obvious bugs. These inconveniences are not trivial. They're show stoppers.

Approximately 15 minutes of use revealed the following short comings.
login is not by user name (as the label for the text field suggests) but by email address, just like the browser experience
Videos play soundtrack with no video component. e.g. "The Colour of Beauty"
Feature Request: to be able to view and play all the movies that I've purchased

Craptastic Adware

No casting, poor quality video

Doesn't work with chromecast or appletv.


National Film Board / Office national du film
32.6 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Apple TV.
English, French
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
© National Film Board of Canada


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