Last year, The National Film Board of Canada marked its 70th anniversary with the introduction of an online screening where web users could view over 700 NFB productions, films, trailers and clips.
Since that time, the number of productions online has climbed to over 1,400 and this year, the organization is adding even more goodies with the addition of high-definition 720p (HD) films and recent experiments in online 3D.
Starting this week, 26 films are available in high definition at the Screening Room with more titles to be added throughout the year.
HD titles include Chris Landreth’s Oscar-winning animated short Ryan as well as Cordell Barker’s beloved musical comedy short The Cat Came Back. HD documentaries include Murray Siple’s Carts of Darkness, a look at the extreme sport of shopping-cart racing, already one of the NFB’s top-viewed titles in standard definition, and Brett Gaylor’s award-winning Rip: A Remix Manifesto, co-produced with EyeSteelFilm.
The selection of 3D films includes the acclaimed NFB animated shorts Drux Flux by Theodore Ushev and the Genie Award-winning Falling in Love Again by Munro Ferguson, as well as excerpts from Facing Champlain, a stereoscopic production created for the 400th anniversary celebrations in Quebec City. The viewing is free but users will need 3D glasses which they order online with free shipping in Canada.
The NFB’s high definition video portal can be found at NFB.ca/HD while the 3D features are available at NFB.ca/3D.