National Film Board of Canada

National Film Board of Canada

Initially known as the National Film Commission, the National Film Board of Canada was created in 1939. Its mandated mission is to provide new perspectives on Canada and the world from Canadian points of view, perspectives that are not provided by anyone else and that serve Canadian and global audiences by an imaginative exploration of who Canadians are and what they may be. This collection, featuring short and feature length films, offers the Highball audience a showcase of recent, critically acclaimed, NFB work.

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  • The Apollo of Gaza

    "Balancing romance with skepticism and a touch of mischief, Nicolas Wadimoff's The Apollo of Gaza looks at the tale of an astonishing archaeological find..." The Hollywood Reporter

    Locarno Film Festival
    Göteborg Film Festival

    In summer 2013, a statue of Apollo more than 2500 years old is discov...

  • Mighty Jerome

    Vancouver International Film Festival

    From acclaimed filmmaker Charles Officer comes the story of the rise, fall and redemption of Harry Jerome, Canada's most record-setting track and field star. Gorgeous monochrome imagery, impassioned interviews and astonishing archival footage are used in thi...

  • Unarmed Verses

    "There's a quiet, discreet magic at work with Charles Officer's latest documentary, Unarmed Verses." The Globe and Mail

    Winner Hot Docs Film Festival
    Seattle International Film Festival
    Winner Vancouver Film Festival

    A thoughtful and vivid portrait of a community facing imposed relocation. At ...

  • A Drummer's Dream

    "It's pure emotion... ...A Drummer's Dream isn't really about drumming, but about joy and self-expression." The Globe and Mail

    Hot Docs Film Festival
    Tokyo International Film Festival

    Explosive talent, passion, humour and irresistible personality come together in a magical setting when seven di...

  • My Prairie Home

    "Director Chelsea McMullan captures Canadian transgender folk singer Rae Spoon's music and life story in sensitive detail." Variety

    Sundance Film Festival
    Cork International Film Festival
    Winner Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

    In this feature documentary-musical by Chelsea McM...

  • Mobilize

    Sundance Film Festival
    Toronto International Film Festival

    This short film, crafted entirely out of archival footage from the National Film Board of Canada by First Nations filmmaker Caroline Monnet, takes us on an exhilarating journey from the Far North to the urban south, capturing the perpetu...

  • Nowhere Land

    ImagineNATIVE Film Festival
    Berlin International Film Festival

    As a young child, Bonnie Ammaq's parents moved their family from Igloolik to the vast interior of Baffin Island. Living off the land for eleven years, the family recount their time living as their ancestors did and the incredible hap...

  • Hi-Ho Mistahey!

    Toronto International Film Festival

    In this feature-length documentary, Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Shannen's Dream, a national campaign to provide equitable access to education in safe and suitable schools for First Nations children. Strong participation in this initiative eventually br...

  • Our People Will Be Healed

    "This film functions as both cinema and journalism, the camera pushing us into a world we might not otherwise see and illuminating that world on a human scale." NOW Magazine

    Toronto International Film Festival

    Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film, reveals how a Cree community...

  • This Changes Everything

    Toronto International Film Festival
    Stockholm Film Festival
    CPH:DOX Film Festival

    A look at seven communities around the world with the proposition that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

    Directed by: Avi Lewi...

  • What Walaa Wants

    Hot Docs Film Festival
    Berlin International Film Festival
    Seattle International Film Festival

    What Walaa Wants follows Walaa from age 15 through 21 raised by her environment in a refugee camp. Separated from her mother due to an eight year prison sentence, Walaa is a determined young woman recog...

  • Everything Will Be

    "Kwan's dream-like cinematography beautifully captures Chinatown in its contemporary state of flux..." Exclaim

    Hot Docs Film Festival
    Vancouver Film Festival

    As dawn breaks and most of the city still sleeps, the long-time merchants of Vancouver's Chinatown are hard at work. They haul out their ...

  • Holy Angels

    Vancouver International Film Festival
    Yorkton Film Festival

    In 1963, Lena Wandering Spirit became one of the more than 150,000 Indigenous children who were removed from their families and sent to residential school. Jay Cardinal Villeneuve's short documentary Holy Angels powerfully recaptures Ca...

  • Debris

    Vancouver International Film Festival

    This short film is a portrait of Tofino, BC intertidal artist Pete Clarkson as he crafts his most ambitious and personal project to date: a memorial to the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. He, like so many of us around the world, was deeply affe...

  • La Marche à Suivre (Guidelines)

    "masterful... the film avoids all the clichés of the kid-centered, goal-focused documentary..." Indiewire

    Berlin Film Festival
    London Film Festival
    Hot Docs Film Festival

    This feature documentary explores the world of adolescence in rural teenagers' interactions with various authority figures. ...

  • Hadwins Judgement

    "Gorgeously photographed, compulsively watchable and deeply sympathetic." The Globe and Mail

    Hot Docs Film Festival
    Raindance Film Festival

    Interweaving speculation, myth and reality, this compelling hybrid of drama and documentary covers the events that led up to the infamous destruction of an...

  • Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger

    Toronto International Film Festival

    "In 65 minutes, numerous issues involved in Indigenous community and government relations are deftly explained to give space to this important fight for basic human rights for Indigenous children." - NOW Toronto

    The story of Jordan River Anderson, an Indigeno...

  • Gun Runners

    "Gun Runners is a contextual, intimate look inside a world most of us know nothing about." The Globe and Mail

    Hot Docs
    Palm Strings Film Festval

    Director Anjali Nayar's fascinating, inspirational film follows two former warriors from Northern Kenya. Julius Arile and Robert Matanda, as they look...

  • Nîpawistamâsowin We Will Stand Up

    The story of the killing of Colten Boushie and his family's pursuit of justice.

  • Birth of a Family

    "A revelatory documentary, Birth of a Family is a family-reunion doc unlike any you’ve seen before." POV Magazine

    Hot Docs International Film Festival
    Edmonton International Film Festval

    In this deeply moving feature-length documentary from filmmaker Tasha Hubbard, three sisters and a brother m...