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The National Film Board of Canada launches iPhone application

Just a few months after launching its NFB.ca site, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is launching its iPhone application today – a Canadian first.

Press Release from National Film Board of Canada

Montreal, October 20, 2009 – Just a few months after launching its NFB.ca site, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is launching its iPhone application today – a Canadian first. The mobile application allows free, full viewing of hundreds of documentaries, animated films and trailers streamed over WiFi, 3G and EDGE wireless networks – a Canadian film and entertainment breakthrough.

The iPhone application is easy to use and loaded with features. It lets you:

*WATCH hundreds of NFB films

*CHOOSE your viewing time: users can preload a film on their iPhone to view at a later time; up to 24 hours later, even without a network connection

*SEARCH the entire collection of films available online at NFB.ca

*EXPLORE films by theme (films for kids, documentaries, animation, etc.)

*SAVE a favourite films list

*TARGET films viewed by people nearby 

This new application makes the NFB one of the leaders in the field of digital accessibility.

About the NFB

Canada’s public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. In collaboration with its international partners and co-producers, the NFB is expanding the vocabulary of 21st-century cinema and breaking new ground in form and content, through community filmmaking projects, cross-platform media, interactive cinema, stereoscopic animation – and more. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. In 2009, the works of NFB animation pioneer Norman McLaren were added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Registry. The NFB’s new website features over 1,000 productions online – visit <NFB.ca> and start watching.

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