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Asian Film Online

Asian Film Online offers a view of Asian culture as seen through the lens of the independent Asian filmmaker. Through a selection of over 1,000 narrative feature films, documentaries and shorts curated by film scholars and critics, the collection offers highly relevant perspectives and insights onto themes relevant across Asia.

World Cinema Collection

This streaming collection includes the best of the silent era, groundbreaking international directors, American and European masterpieces from the mid-20th century, award-winning contemporary films from Global Lens, and films from Africa and the African diaspora from ArtMattan Productions. The collection shines a light on the history of cinema while also providing a glimpse into the cultures and issues of countries around the world—making it useful beyond film studies departments by bringing value to programs in area studies, political science, history, world languages, and more.

Hot Docs at Home on CBC

Watch Hot Docs at Home on CBC, a multi platform festival-at-home experience providing Canadians with front-row access to select titles from the 2020 Hot Docs Festival premiering Thursday nights starting April 16.


Stream current episodes and past seasons of comedies, dramas and documentaries.


Encore+ features over one thousand iconic and award-winning titles, restored, digitized and yours to enjoy at home or on the go.

TVO Documentaries 

Stream thought-provoking full length Canadian documentaries. 

Netflix YouTube Channel - Original Educational Documentaries

Netflix allows instructors to screen some original Netflix documentaries in their classrooms: 
A selection of their films are now featured on Netflix's YouTube channel.

Kino Lorber Youtube Channel - Free Films Online

Kino Lorber Puts Online 50 Free Films: Watch Classics by Jean-Luc Godard, Derek Jarman, Taika Waititi & Other Major Filmmakers

List of Video Streaming databases:

Free Online Film Websites

Other Library Collections

TIFF Reference Library is open to the public and does not require identification for entry. The collection is non-circulating. It has four media stations and two public access that can be used to view films as long as certain guidelines are followed. Contact the library before visiting to confirm that materials are available, and to allow time for them to be retrieved if they are offsite.

To contact the library and arrange a tour or to view materials, call 416.599.TIFF / 416-599-8433 x2, email or fill out this request form. Here are the library hours.

Search the TIFF Reference Library collection.

The Film Reference Library is  located on the 4th floor of the TIFF Bell LightboxReitman Square (corner of King Street and John Street).


Stream Free Movies Online


Tubi is an American over-the-top content platform and ad-supported streaming service featuring 40,000 films and television shows.  

Finding Other Media Resources

The Internet Archive includes millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more.

Creative Commons Search searches across more than 300 million images. It goes beyond simple search to aggregate results across multiple public repositories into a single catalog, and facilitates reuse through features like machine-generated tags and one-click attribution.

The Open Video Project is  repository of open access digitized videos for education and learning purposes

The National Film Registry Collection: Library of Congress includes a list of movies deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" that are earmarked for preservation by the Library of Congress.

Local Film Theatres & Resources

Historical Films Including Newsreels, Radio and Other Media