Meghalaya filmmaker Dominic Sangma’s Rapture has been selected at La Fabrique Cinéma 2019 by the Institut français for this year’s Festival de Cannes, which runs from May 14 to 25. Rapture is one of the 10 projects selected globally.
“I am excited and overwhelmed by the news of the selection in La Fabrique Cinema. It means a lot to an independent filmmaker like me coming from a remote part of our country. It gives me hope to do the kind of cinema I want to make,” Dominic, an alumni of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, said.
The word Rapture is taken from the Bible, which denotes the disappearance of good souls before the end of time. The film is about the disappearance of some persons from the village and what happened then. And then, how they would react and response to it.
“Because La Fabrique Cinema is very big platform and I will get to meet many interested co-producers and funders, it will be a huge learning process for me. As an independent filmmaker like me it is not enough to make film but also to know and learn all these process which will help our film to be seen by the people of the world,” Dominic added.
The programme will invite the directors and producers of the 10 selected projects from across the globe. They will help the projects to get co-producers and funders so that the filmmakers can finish their films.
The programme of La Fabrique Cinéma, during the Festival de Cannes, will include – a pitching training and a production workshop. collective or semi-collective meetings with international funds and institutions like World Cinema Fund, Aide aux Cinemas du Monde, Hubert Bals, Doha Film Institute, CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée) and Cinéfondation among others, managers of different Festival de Cannes’ selections.
Apart from that, there will be one-to-one meetings with international producers, sales agents and others professionals who would be helpful for the filmmakers to go ahead with their projects in a grand way.
“I’m very thankful to my producer Xu Jianshang from China for believing me and in my film and supporting me through out. NFDC Film Bazaar was a great boost for us because the project was selected in Co-Production Market last year, in which we met one of the representatives of La Fabrique Cinema,” said Dominic.