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Interdisciplinary guide to key educational video resources

Selected Interdisciplinary Video Vendors


British Film Institute:

  • On topics such as: animation, early cinema, films and filmmakers; some art, architecture, and music

British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC):

  • BUFVC Hermes database provides details of over 25,000 audio-visual programmes in distribution throughout the UK.
  • Subjects: most academic subject areas
  • Audience: higher and further education

Bullfrog Films US publisher of independently- produced, environmental DVDs & videos, that point the way to living healthily, happily, and with greater concern for the other inhabitants of this planet, and for our descendants

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre: : gives streaming access to the best in educational video and audio from CBC and Radio-Canada; a wealth of primary-source content in English and French, including the latest from CBC's award-winning documentaries (television and radio), news, drama, children's programming and more.

Ciné Fête:

  • An educational video distributor in Canada covering all subjects
  • Elementary to post-secondary level content
  • Representing leading independent producers in Canada and several from Europe

Collective Eye

  • "A non-profit educational documentary film distributor that explores social, political, environmental and spiritual issues" which fall into subject areas from art to religion

Documentary Educational Resources:

  • Produces, distributes and promotes quality ethnographic and documentary films from around the world on all topics, including art (photography, architecture), dance, media studies, music, performance, urban  

Films Media Group:

  • Distributor of >12,000 educational media titles
  • Subjects: all areas of study from art to science
  • Producers:
    • Films for the Humanities & Sciences (for higher education)
    • Meridian Education Corporation (elementary school to adult education)
    • Cambridge Educational (junior-senior high school/vocational/adult education)
    • Shopware (skills-based)
    • Also ABC news, American Public TV (APT), BBC, Bill Moyers, CBC, CBS news, Clio Awards, Deutsche Welle, Discovery Channel, HBO, Information Television Network (ITN), NFB of Canada, Newshour,  Open University, United Nations, Wide Angle

First Run / Icarus Films:

  • Distributor of >900 documentary films,

Alexander Street Store: formerly insight media

  • Subjects: all areas of study from art to science
  • Audience: university, secondary and vocational
  • Educational and classroom use. 

International Tele-Film

  • Canada's leading distributor of training resources

Kartemquin Films:

  • Independent filmmakers developing documentary as a vehicle to deepen our understanding of society through everyday human drama.

Kinetic Video:

  • Canadian distributor of educational and training audio/visual resources to organizations and institutions
  • Subjects: health, social, addictions, business and education

Kino Lorber Edu

  • Genres: American Independent, Avant Garde, Cult, Documentary, Drama, Film Noir, Gay & Lesbian, Horror, Literary Adaptations, National Film Registry, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Short Films, Silent, Women Directors

*Kultur International Films:

  • "Specializing in the world's greatest performing arts and cultural programming on DVD"
  • Over one thousand titles featuring the legends of Opera, Ballet, Classical, Rock, Pop and Soul music
  • A large collection of art, literature and history programs; as seen on Public Television, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, Ovation, Bravo and many other networks

McIntyre Media:

  • Distributor of non-theatrical video in Canada
  • Subjects: education, heath and corporate training

Michael Blackwood Productions Inc.:

  • An independent film company producing documentaries on the arts
  • Subjects: films and videos on art, architecture, music and dance.

Multicultural Books and Videos:

  • For foreign language materials

National Film Board of Canada:

  • Canada's public film producer and distributor of >12,000 productions of socially engaged documentary, auteur animation, alternative drama and more
  • Subjects: all areas of study from art to science with significant Canadian studies content;
    many available in both French and English
  • Audience: all ages
  • Terms of use:  See DVD store

New Day Films

  • "A filmmaker-run distribution company providing award-winning films to educators since 1971.
  • More than 100 filmmaker members, delivers over 150 titles that illuminate, challenge and inspire.

Seventh Art:

  • Distributes foreign and independent documentaries and narrative films, specializing in Jewish History and Culture, LGBT, International and Human Rights, Music, Popular Culture and a wide variety of other issues.

Skylight Pictures

  • Creating socially relevant independent documentary films on issues of human rights and the quest for justice.