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NFB films with closed captioning and described video

The National Film Board of Canada has made many of its online films available with closed captioning for the deaf and described video for people with vision loss.
When closed captioning or described video is available for a given film, the DV or CC icon will appear in the control bar of the video player. Clicking on the icon will start the alternative version of the film. 

Finding films with CC or DV on

From the Explore All Films page, the different search options can be used to find films that are equipped with closed captioning and described video.

Other Web sites where you can find NFB films with closed captioning and described video

Across Cultures

Through the lens of a camera, discover part of the NFB collection documenting the contribution made to Canada by different ethnocultural communities.

Focus on Animation

Explore the NFB's rich animation heritage, learn about the techniques used in our films and discover some of our key filmmakers.

Aboriginal Perspectives

On this site you will be able to watch key NFB documentaries on Aboriginal themes from the 1940s to 2004 and learn about past and current issues relating to the lives of Aboriginal peoples.

Your Feedback

We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the films we offer online with closed captioning and described video. Please send us your comments and questions by writing to us at

Accessiblity features on this site

Navigating a Web page using the Tab key

(not available with Safari browsers)

When navigating a Web page, pressing the Tab key will select the next link on the page. Pressing Tab repeatedly will cycle through the links. The selected link is indicated by the dotted border.
Once a link is selected, it can be triggered by pressing the Enter key. Pressing Shift + Tab together will cycle through the links backwards.
To facilitate navigation on the Web pages, we have altered this function as follows:

Tab order


First tab

Focus on Search box

Second tab

Focus on the home page link

Third tab

Focus on the skip to content link



After this series, the Tab key will follow the visual order of the links as they are laid out on the page, starting at the top right corner.

Navigating the website using access keys

Access keys allow users to navigate around without using a mouse. They can be used to jump directly to different sections of the website or to certain areas within a page. The Access keys work as follows:

Access key



Go to Accessibility Information


Go to Home page


Skip to main content of current page


Go to Site Map page


Go to Search box


Go to Contact Us page

How to use access keys in your browser


What to do

Internet Explorer

Hold down the ALT key, press the number of the access key, release both keys, then press ENTER

Firefox, Chrome (PC)

Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key

Firefox, Chrome (Mac)

Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key

Safari (Mac)

Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key


Hold down the Shift key and press Escape, release both keys, then press the number of the access key

Please note:  Some assistive technology tools such as the IBM HomePage Reader and WindowEyes already make use of the alt+[access key] combinations. Users of these tools will not be able to use these access keys.
These access key assignments are based on research into best practice across the Web (in an attempt to be consistent with other sites' access keys) and an understanding of the key global navigation requirements of users.

Controlling the video player without using a mouse

Once a video is started, the following keys will control the video player. Please note that these controls are only active when a video is playing.

Access key



Play / pause the video


Restart the movie


Volume up


Volume down


Mute volume


Play movie full screen


Escape full screen mode and return to normal size


Open  the video sharing option panel


Open  the connection speed option panel

The player controls can also be accessed using the Tab key. When doing so, a yellow outline will appear around the selected control. Press Enter to activate the control.
The Tab key is also used to cycle through the player’s various option panels.
Please note:  Some assistive technology tools may override some of the player’s keyboard shortcuts.