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Tubi Inks Deal for Films From National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Tubi have signed a new distribution deal to bring NFB films to Tubi, Fox’s free ad-supported video-on-demand platform, across Canada, the United States and Australia.

The deal includes 29 titles for the AVOD service.

“The National Film Board of Canada is thrilled to have our films on Tubi’s platform,” Nathalie Bourdon, the NFB’s director of distribution and market development, said in a statement. “This partnership, which perfectly aligns with our digital strategy, will allow us to grow our audience.”

“We’re so pleased to partner with the National Film Board of Canada to bring their premium, thought-provoking and award-winning slate of documentaries to our service for viewers to discover and enjoy,” Adam Lewinson, chief content officer for Tubi, said in a statement.

NFB films will be added throughout the year. Works available now include:

  • Angry Inuk (NFB/Unikkaat Studios/EyeSteelFilm), Inuk filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s powerful challenge to the anti-sealing movement and winner of the Audience Award at Hot Docs and one of Canada’s Top 10 Films, selected by the Toronto International Film Festival; 
  • The Apology, Tiffany Hsiung’s exploration of the lives of three former “comfort women,” kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II and winner of a Peabody Award and the Busan Cinephile Award for Best World Documentary at the Busan International Film Festival; 
  • A Better Man (Intervention Productions/NFB), Attiya Khan and Lawrence Jackman’s look at how healing can happen when men take responsibility for their domestic abuse and Top 20 Audience Favourite at Hot Docs and winner of the Sabeen Mahmud Award for Courage in Cinema at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival; 
  • Out of Mind, Out of Sight (JS Kastner Productions/NFB), the late John Kastner’s final film with the NFB, exploring what happens to people who suffer from mental illnesses and commit violent crimes and winner of Best Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs; 
  • The Rose Family by Montreal filmmaker Félix Rose, who in the film tries to understand what led his father and uncle, members of the Front de libération du Québec, to kidnap cabinet minister Pierre Laporte—unleashing an unprecedented crisis (winner of the Prix Iris Public Prize at the Quebec Cinema Awards); and 
  • Unarmed Verses by Charles Officer, a portrait of a Toronto community facing imposed relocation that focusses on 12-year-old Francine Valentine, whose observations about life, the soul and the power of art give voice to those rarely heard in society (winner of Best Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs and one of Canada’s Top 10 Films, selected by the Toronto International Film Festival).

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