The Rat Race, a documentary, which had entered the Cannes co-production challenge about a month ago, emerged as the winning film from six other films chosen across the world. Director Miriam Chandy Menacherry, based in Mumbai, who self-financed the film, is “overwhelmed”.
The challenge, that takes place before the Cannes Film Festival, has 120 commissioning editors from major broadcasting network across the world who select the films that will be made in the current year.
The seven-minute trailer documentary is about rat killers in Mumbai, who are commissioned by BMC to go out at the night to kill the rodents.
“It generated a lot of interest from many producers and TV channels. But I haven’t zeroed in on anyone yet. It’s a good thing that I have a lot of options, but it involves a dialogue process,” Menacherry says. Commissioning editor Nick Fraser has told Menacherry that he’d love to hear more about the project.
The documentary will require a year to be completed and Menacherry hopes to have a multiplex release in India. “Our audiences have begun accepting shorter films, so I hope I’ll get good response. It will be a one-hour long film,” she informs.
As winner of the Co-Production Challenge, Menacherry gets free entry to MIPDoc 2011 and a free submission of her film to the MIPDoc 2011 Digital Library. Does she hope to win accolades at the Cannes Film Festival, like Waltz With Bashir did? “Let me complete the film first; awards will follow,” she adds, crossing her fingers.