New projects from Max Films, Cinemaginaire and Cirrus Communications are among seven French-language feature to be backed by Canadian film finance agency Telefilm Canada.

The pictures will receive a combined investment of $6.4m (C$7.4m).

Max Films is minority coproduction partner on Le Jour Des Corneilles, a France-Canada animated feature based on the popular children’s story by French author Jean-Francois Beauchemin. The film will be directed by Serge Elissalde from an adaptation by Elissalde and Amandine Taffin. Roger Frappier and Luc Vandal produce for Max Films while William Picot produces for French production house Finalement. Equinoxe distributes in Canada.

Cinemaginaire has a new project from writer-director Louis Bélanger, whose latest film The Time Keeper is set for release. Cowritten by Alexis Martin, Demande À Ceux Qui Restent is a dramatic road-movie about a grief-stricken and guilt-ridden father wandering the country looking for meaning after the death of his son. Denise Robert, Daniel Louis, Fabienne Larouche and Michel Trudeau produce. Alliance Vivafilm is distributing.

Alliance Vivafilm is also distributing the Cirrus’ production, 100 Milliards De Neurones, the debut of actor and writer Michel Monty. After his doctor father over doses, his 12-year-old son starts down the same path. Josée Vallée and Pierre Even produce.

Cabotins, a comedy to be directed by Alain DesRochers and written by Ian Lauzon, follows a down on his luck show business legend as he puts on one last show to avoid losing everything. Jacques Bonin produces. Equinoxe is distributing.

Frissons Des Collines is a comedy to directed by Richard Roy and written by Roy and Michel Michaud. The story follows the ambitions of a 12-year-old girl who is trying to get from her little Quebec village to Woodstock to see her idol, Jimmy Hendrix. Louis-Philippe Rochon produces. Seville distributes.

From producer André Rouleau comes Angle Mort, a thriller about the ultimate expression of road rage to be directed by Frédérik D’Amours from a screenplay by Martin Girard. Remstar distributes.

D’Amours is also set to direct another film of the seven, sports drama Lance Et Compte written by Réjean Tremblay about a hockey team’s return to form following a bus accident. Tremblay and Caroline Héroux produce. Distribution is through Seville.