Be aware that some films might have more than one version or could be an adaption from a book.
Most films are categorized in LibrarySearch under the subject ‘Feature Films’, some remaining films may be categorized as ‘Motion Pictures’. These search terms can be combined with additional subjects, genres and country names to find specific films.
Genres of feature films can generally be found via a Subject search for that film genre followed by the word ‘films’. For example, 'Comedy films', 'Science fiction films', etc.
Here are some common genre searches:
To search for films produced in a specific country:
Here is an example search for Canadian films sorted by newest date
A growing number of online video resources is now offered by UofT Libraries, available for classroom and individual streaming when logged in with your UTORID. Explore these tips on searching for film and video in UofT LibrarySearch, but also search for films or topics within UTL streaming platforms that have additional filters to help narrow search results.
We highly recommend visiting UTL Streaming Video page because it is continually being updated and contains even more online film collections, incl. Streaming Film | Educational and Curriculum (Multi-Subject) | Subject Specific | Freely Available
"Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is a nonprofit arts organization that is a leading international resource for video and media art. A pioneering advocate for media art and artists, EAI's core program is the distribution and preservation of a major collection of over 4,000 new and historical video works by artists."
It is possible to access physical films through various UofT Libraries (UTL) and in some cases, submit Hold Request to have videos delivered between campuses (e.g., St. George, Scarborough, Mississauga, Downsview) or retrieval of films for pickup. For streaming content, visit UTL Streaming Collections or the UTL Film Resource Guide.
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Media Commons (MC) Media Archives contains different film formats, personal & business documents, images & more with a focus on film / video production, advertising, electronic & print journalism, broadcasting, photographic arts, & multimedia / music production. Several collections have special focus on Canadian media & popular culture.
A full list can be found at the bottom of the Media Commons Streaming Video page under the heading Freely Available Online Resources.
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