is the National Film Board?
Created in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a public agency that
produces and distributes films and other audiovisual works which reflect Canada to
Canadians and the rest of the world. It is an exceptional fountain of creativity which,
since its very beginnings, has played a crucial role in Canadian and international
filmmaking. From its earliest days, the National Film Board of Canada has enjoyed a
world-wide reputation for excellence.
To learn more about some of the outstanding NFBers who have helped build this reputation,
the over 3,300 awards won to date by the institution and its films, filmmakers and
craftspeople, and the NFB productions that have become classics of world, Canadian and
Quebec cinema, click on the NFB icon above.
The NFB is the storehouse of a large part
of the country's audiovisual heritage in the form of a collection of over 10,000 titles.
They have generously permitted the Newfoundland Salt Fisheries Digital Exhibit to place
small samples of five of their films. These were made in Newfoundland prior to 1960 and
they are fascinating cinematic documents of the vanished world of the salt fisheries. Each
of these films has been broken up into smaller clips and is available to view online. The
full length versions of these films are available for purchase from the NFB by calling