The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) today announced a download-to-own feature on its popular online Screening Room giving Canadians the ability to purchase and download films which can be played on a variety of devices, including video-capable smartphones and tablets.

The film board's video portal will continue to offer s free viewing of over 2,000 NFB productions, animated films and trailers.

Viewers can download films from the NFB site 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.

The new service offers classic and best-selling Canadian 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 *****, 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 at $1.95 for short films in standard definition, with the NFB’s top tier of premium feature-length films in high definition selling for $19.95.

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