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NFB Images Joins, the Stock Footage Search Engine

NFB Images of the National Film Board of Canada, widely known for its high quality, pristinely preserved archival and contemporary footage of Canada and the world, has added its entire footage database to’s stock footage search platform. The move greatly expands NFB Image’s reach and visibility in the $282-million worldwide footage marketplace and significantly enhances’s value to the global production community. 

Montréal – November 10, 2009 – NFB Images (, the footage licensing division of The National Film Board of Canada, and (, the stock footage search engine, announced today that NFB Images has added its entire English database to the search platform.


“We could not be happier to have NFB Images as part of our stock footage search engine,” said president, Domenick Propati. “At, we’re focused on making footage research as simple and efficient as possible. The addition of one of the world’s most important archival and contemporary footage collections to the search platform will greatly enhance our ability to help footage users discover the world’s best motion content as quickly and easily as possible.” 


The NFB Images database, which includes fully searchable text records, as well as video clips, will now be available for search and screening through alongside the other world-class collections currently hosted on the portal. users will also be able to send Zap requests directly to the NFB Images sales team. 


“This year we are celebrating The National Film Board’s 70th anniversary by putting a significant part of our collection online to be searched, viewed and downloaded by film producers and program makers across the globe,” said James Roberts, Director of Asset Management at the National Film Board of Canada. “We are committed to providing online access to our vast archival vaults, as well as our growing collection of HD native films, and our presence on will help us reach the widest possible audience and enhance our visibility in the global production industry.”


All NFB Images shots are carefully selected from award-winning documentary rushes. The footage available at the NFB Image website is characterized by long unedited takes, often shot by famous filmmakers, from the cinéma vérité and other movements throughout the decades. Eighty percent of the collection originated on either 16mm or 35mm film – perfect for transfer to today’s hi-quality HD productions.’s newly reengineered search engine returns results by relevance from over 30 major footage providers, allowing footage researchers to compare results across multiple collections, see who has the best motion content and save time.’s advanced search functionality allows researchers to pinpoint shots by date, collection and/or category, or limit searches to clip-based results only. currently receives over 25,000 unique visits per month.


About NFB Images

NFB Images is a full service stock and archival footage company providing access to over 100 years of history with material dating back as far as 1896. NFB Images puts a world of images at your fingertips, including spectacular new High Definition footage and archival treasures from the vaults of the National Film Board of Canada and partners. NFB Images’ holdings are renowned for their historical value as well as the quality of the film originals, including new material shot in HD and archival footage now available in HD. NFB IMAGES features images from around the world: classic and contemporary material on war and conflict, industrialization, rural and urban lifestyles, celebrities, and wildlife. NFB Images is also developing an important collection related to the Arctic and climate change, primarily shot in HD, including Arctic Mission, Shining Mountains and Postcards from Canada series.


About is the world’s largest non-competitive aggregator of stock footage databases, allowing footage researchers to search over 30 of the world’s top collections from a single site. Since 1994, has been the non-fiction production industry’s most comprehensive resource for serious footage research, providing access to the largest roster of stock, archival and news footage databases on the Internet. exists to help footage researchers find the right motion content, and to provide its content suppliers with leads and customers. Since its launch over 15 years ago, has built a core constituency of stock footage researchers and continues to add new registered users at an average rate of 400 per month. The platform has been fully redesigned and now offers a more robust search function, better organizational tools and the ability to add preview clips to the database. 


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, and its iPhone app has become one of the most popular and talked about downloads. Visit today and start watching! 


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