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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.

Historical Films Including Newsreels, Radio and Other Media

Ryerson Campus Events

The Ryerson University Film Festival (RUFF 2017) showcases the thesis films of the School of Image Arts’ film students, giving them an opportunity to network and screen their work in a public and professional setting.

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).


Local Film Theatres & Resources