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Online Streaming Resources

In response to COVID-19, all films on Criterion on Demand (including Fox films) are available remotely to Ryerson authenticated users until December 31, please disregard any notices to the contrary within the platform.


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.

TVO Documentaries 

Stream thought-provoking full length Canadian documentaries. 


Colonial Film Database

This website holds detailed information on over 6000 films showing images of life in the British colonies. Over 150 films are available for viewing online. You can search or browse for films by country, date, topic, or keyword. Over 350 of the most important films in the catalogue are presented with extensive critical notes written by our academic research team.

Films for Action

Historical Films Including Newsreels, Radio and Other Media

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).


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