Summer starts in July at . Mark Canada Day and the start of summer with a host of titles, including Ellie Yonova’s feature documentary Luben and Elena.

News release

June 29, 2021 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

In addition to gorgeous summer weather, July means new content available to stream free of charge on Among the offerings by NFB studios across the country is Ellie Yonova’s feature documentary Luben and Elena, a new online release. In addition to the Parliament virtual experience, thematic channels mark Canada Day and the start of summer. This culturally diverse selection joins the over 4,000 titles already available on, not to mention our collection of some 100 interactive works, most of which are available for free online viewing.

Starting July 1

Luben and Elena by Ellie Yonova (2019, Quebec and Atlantic Studio)
Feature-length documentary (75 min)
Press kit (synopsis, biographies, images and credits):

Luben and Elena is a modern-day love story about renowned artists Luben Boykov and Elena Popova, who escape repressive communist Bulgaria and find refuge on the island of Newfoundland. Embracing the love of art and the art of love, they remind us that the greatest risk of all is to take either for granted. The documentary screened at a number of Canadian festivals.

To mark Canada Day on July 1

  • Parliament: The Virtual Experience by Émilie F. Grenier, David Drury, Dpt. and Stéphane Poirier (2020, Library of Parliament/NFB)
    Virtual-reality experience (15 min)
    Press kit (synopsis, biographies, images and credits):

    The recent winner of a Numix award, this VR work, launched last year, gives viewers a chance to virtually explore Parliament, which is currently closed for extensive renovations. Come discover the heart of Canadian democracy and learn how the work of the federal legislature affects you.

For the arrival of summer


The Summer Films selection includes over 30 short and feature-length documentaries and animated films to get you into the swing of summer. Viewers of all ages will enjoy films such as Baseball Girls by Lois Siegel (1995), Song of the Paddle by Bill Mason (1978) and Blackfly by Christopher Hinton (1991).

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