What is Canada Screens?
Canada Screens is a Video on Demand streaming service that is curated by some of Canada’s top filmmakers and actors. It is a pay-per-view service currently offering feature length Canadian films for rent.

How much does it cost to rent a film?
Rental fees for feature length films range between $3.99 for older titles and $5.99 for new releases.

Do you offer both viewing in Standard and High definition?
All film are only offered in High Definition.

Can I buy a film?
Currently, you can only rent films off of Canada Screens. However, soon you will have the option to buy and download films to own. This feature is expected to be offered by September 2015.

Do you offer a monthly subscription model like Netflix?
No. Films are offered à la carte, pay-per-view.

Why am I taken to NFB.ca when I click the rent button?
We have partnered with the National Film Board of Canada and we are using their robust platform to power Canada Screens. All Canada Screens films are living on their platform.

Can I access Canada Screens from the NFB site?
Yes, you can find us here: nfb.ca/canada-screens

How long do I have to watch a film?
From the time you rent you have 48 hours to watch your film.

Will you be adding more films?
Yes, currently we have the digital rights to over 200 Canadian films and will continue to acquire more titles. Some films still need to be digitized, which will take time, but we will be adding new titles weekly, so visit Canada Screens often.

Do the filmmakers receive any profits from sales on Canada Screens?
Canada Screens splits revenues with the rights holders. In some cases, this is the distributor and other cases the filmmaker holds the digital rights. Our smaller portion of the revenue is then split with our partners at the NFB.

Can I recommend Canadian films for Canada Screens?
Yes please! If you have a recommendation, please use our online contact form. We’d love to hear what films you’d like added and we’ll let you know if we can get it!

Can you only watch films if you are in Canada?
Currently, yes. Eventually we aim to offer films globally, but right now we are restricted to offering most of our content within Canada.

Do you offer TV content or short films?
Currently, we only offer feature length films but part of our expansion plans includes offering TV content and short films.

How do I get my film on Canada Screens?
First, you must own the digital rights in order to enter into an agreement with Canada Screens. The film must also be digitized. If the film is not digitized, Canada Screens can work with you and our partners to help get it ready for online distribution. The rights holder must cover this cost but through our partnerships we can have films encoded at a relatively low price (approximately $250 / feature length film). Please note, we currently have a back log of films that we are getting ready to put online and will not be entering into any new agreements until June 2015. Anyone interested in getting their film on Canada Screens must contact Anita Adams This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are the films available with subtitles?
Our French Language titles are available with subtitles. If you want to watch these films in their original language without subtitles, you need to go to NFB content partner Excentris.

Can I post a review for the films on the site? Or elsewhere?
Currently, comments can be posted on the NFB channel for Canada Screens but not directly on the Canada Screens site (we will be adding this feature soon).

I am a journalist/ blogger/ writer/ and would like to do an interview with your team, or create a piece about #CanadaScreens. How can I do that?
Contact our Director of Public Relations, Katherine Brodsky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How can I find out more about Canadian Film in general, or see these films when they open in theatres?
Subscribe to the First Weekend Club newsletter here.

Is there a mailing list I can be on to find out when new titles are released?
We'll be adding a Canada Screens mailing list soon