Response to Digital Storytelling Resource: #1

*I am currently working my way through my fourth semester of the Information and Learning Technologies master’s program at University of Colorado, Denver.  This is the first post within a series of responses to digital storytelling resources that I’ve been assigned to write for a course titled Digital Storytelling.

For this week’s resource, I am writing about (or “responding to”), or, the National Film Board of Canada’s award-winning online Screening Room, featuring over 2,000 films, excerpts, trailers, and interactive works.  NFB

I found this site while searching for a digital story to critique and I was borderline overwhelmed by the wealth of its video library…but in a good way!  I felt like I’d hit some sort of digital storytelling jackpot and immediately bookmarked it for future use.  It has so many features, I hardly know where to begin.

NFB Features and Resources

According to Wikipedia, the National Film Board of Canada (or simply NFB) is Canada’s twelve-time Academy Award-winning public film and digital media producer and distributor.  In total, the NFB has produced over 13,000 productions which have won over 5,000 awards.

  • The Films section of the website offers channels, playlists, and various ways to explore the website using extensive search features and functionalities.
  • The Interactive section offers “an evolving collection of innovative, interactive stories exploring the world – and our place in it – from uniquely Canadian points of view (from here).”
  • The Education section is quite extensive and offers resources, workshops, virtual classrooms, stores, a blog, FAQs, and more.
  • The Digital Store allows for visitors to rent and/or download movies and also offers suggestions.

I extremely pleased with this find and I plan on visiting the NFB’s website often in the near future.  I even signed up for their newsletter that offers a weekly hand-picked selection of their finest projects…you should too.  (I’ll also be searching for the American equivalent to this.  If you know of something, please share it in the comments below!)

***Images from here.