New films from Denis Villeneuve, Sylvain Guy and Ken Scott have been approved through Telefilm Canada's French-language arm. In all seven pictures received a total of $7.13m (C$7m) out of 31 applications.

Villeneuve, who has not made a feature since 2000's Maelstrom, returns to the screen with Incendies, his adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad's play. The story concerns a brother and sister who learn, upon their mother's death, that the father they thought dead is alive and that they have a brother. The Canada-France coproduction is produced by Montreal-based micro_scope and Paris-based Tarantula France Sarl. Christal Films is distributing in Canada.

Scott, best-known as the screenwriter of hit comedy Seducing Dr. Lewis and ice hockey drama The Rocket, makes his directorial debut with Les Doights Croches (Fingers Crossed). Produced by Remstar Productions and to be distributed by Remstar Distribution, the comedy follows a group of ex-cons who are hoping to get their share of stolen cash only to discover that they have to walk a lengthy pilgrimage and promise to change their wicked ways.

Two of the projects are Canadian minority coproductions: Simon Konianski from Voleurs Des Chevaux director Micha Wald, produced by Montreal's Forum Films and Paris-based Haut et Court and distributed in Canada by Remstar; and Operation Casablanca, a Switzerland-Luxembourg-Canada coproduction written and to be directed by Laurent Negre through Montreal-based Equinoxe Productions and to be distributed by Equinoxe Distribution.

The other projects are:

Leo Huff from director Sylvain Guy (The List) from his screenplay to be produced by GPA Films, Christal Films Productions and Productions Grana and distributed by Christal.

Noemie written by Marc Robitaille, Marie-Eve Barette, to be directed by Frederik d'Amours through Christal Films Productions and distributed by Christal.

Les Pieds Dans Le Vide from a script by Vincent Bolduc and to be directed by Mariloup Wolfe through Films Vision 4 and distributed by TVA Films.