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Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal to PSBT. Please select the links below for more information.





PSBT encourages the production of innovative documentary films and is committed to expanding the constituency of filmmakers within the genre. We strike a balance among first-time filmmakers, students of recognised media institutions – including recent graduates, women filmmakers and those with achievements and recognition in related fields. 67 per cent of our Films are by first-time and starting out filmmakers; usually, more than two thirds have not worked with PSBT before; almost 50 per cent by women and 100 per cent independent – no middlepersons or production companies.

Our commissioning procedure is transparent. All proposals are circulated amongst our Trustees and donor partners. Based on their comments and our expertise, a short list is arrived at. Final commissioning is done based on detailed proposals we invite from those short listed and discussions with the filmmakers.

A variety of considerations play a role in our short listing: the significance and topicality of the subject; its appropriateness; linguistic, regional and gender diversity; a balance between first time and experienced filmmakers; the proposed treatment and budgetary parameters, inter alia. If your proposal has not been short listed, it does not necessarily mean that it has been ‘rejected’ or found wanting, per se. Every proposal we receive is valuable and a potentially good film, but with our limited resources, we are forced to choose only a select number to support.

PSBT actively engages in commissioning and supervision of the production of films in a transparent, credible and professional manner. Any attempts to influence the process lead to disqualifications. We also discourage filmmakers from seeking to meet PSBT while their proposal is under consideration, to ensure a level playing field.

While we usually encourage filmmakers to submit proposals when there is an active call for proposals, we are always open to exceptional proposals, in particular, topical ones. If you feel you have something exciting to propose, please submit your Proposal by filling the Preliminary Proposal Form.

By submitting a proposal to PSBT, you accept our commissioning process and the decisions we make as final.

PSBT is committed to supporting Indian filmmakers, ordinarily resident in India.


Proposals can be submitted to us under the below projects that are currently active.


We invite applications from independent filmmakers for the award of Film Production Fellowships 2016.  These will be incrementally announced over the rest of the year, depending on the flow of funds from our donors.

We continue to solicit and encourage filmmakers to propose subjects that drive and interest them. In evaluating proposals, we will look at both, the creative talents of the filmmaker and the depth of research and intellectual rigour that drive the arguments.

Some of the subjects that interest us are listed below.
Please note that these are indicative subjects around which we feel there is a significant/ recurrent need to develop public discourse. In no manner should filmmakers restrict themselves to these in proposing their films to us. Every proposal will receive equal and fair consideration during the evaluation, irrespective of its subject.

The Crisis in Medicine
- The Public Health System
- Private Sector Medicine
- Alternate Systems of Medicine - Challenges and Opportunities

The Food We Eat. The Air We Breathe. The Water We Drink.

The Right to Die - Should individuals have the right to choose a dignified death for themselves? How does one legislate death?

Depression. How does one begin to find meaning? Do drugs work?

Hinduism and Sexuality

Sexual Violence and the Law, in a context where martial rape is not recognised as rape and justice is considered served when the perpetrator is directed to marry the survivor.

Women’s rights beyond patronising protectionism

Domestic Violence

Farmers - The real story of India’s agriculture.

Empowered Dalits - some success stories

India’s unique village – stories of real impact and change

Made ‘only in India’

Start Ups - in India for the World!

We can All Pray - Places of worship across faiths where all are welcome, across India.

India’s Scientific Heritage – the scientific evidence

The Science and Uses of Astrology

The Ancient Tradition of Yoga – benefits, precautions and risks

Women Stand-Up Comedians from India - from humour to satire.


The Films will ordinarily be of 26 minutes duration, shot and post-produced on Full High Definition (1920x1080/50i).

Proposals submitted earlier will not be reconsidered. Filmmakers should submit fresh proposals.

Filmmakers can submit only ONE proposal.

Please ensure that you read all the associated documents – Idea Submission Agreement, Draft Contract, Sample Budget, List of Deliverables, etc. before you submit your proposal.

Shortlisted filmmakers may be required to elaborate on the submitted proposal and budget, for further consideration and meet with us. They may be asked to pitch their proposals before a panel in Delhi.

The subject and budget presented in the final detailed proposal should not be at variance with the one being submitted now.

PSBT is not liable for any proposals that do not reach us/ or do not reach us on time. If you do not receive a reference number on submitting your form, assume your Proposal has not reached us. If you do not receive a reference number, please contact us at

The last date to submit Proposals is 31 October 2016

In case you have any queries, please write to us at, with Fellowships 2016 mentioned in the subject line.


PSBT is always open to exceptional proposals. If you have something to propose, please register  and submit your proposal through our online submission interface. You are welcome to submit a proposal to us, unless your proposal is under active consideration or you are currently making a film with us.

Proposals submitted to us between October 2015 and August 2016 will be considered by PSBT when commissioning is next undertaken in the coming months.

Please click SUBMIT PROPOSAL below to reach our Proposal Submission Interface.

You will be required to sign in and register before you can submit your Proposal. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU CREATE A UNQIUE PASSWORD FOR THIS INTERFACE. DO NOT SIGN IN WITH YOUR EMAIL PASSWORDS.

The Director and Co-Director profiles you create can be edited and updated once submitted, but once a proposal is submitted, it cannot be updated, modified or overwritten.

An applicant will be allowed to submit no more than ONE Proposal.

A maximum of two applicants will be allowed per proposal.

Please note that saving your proposal is NOT equivalent to submitting it.

Write to us at in case you face trouble filling or submitting your proposal.



Commissioning for Fellowships is now complete.

Commissioning decisions/ updates have been communicated to all applicants. In case you have not received any email intimation from PSBT, please write to us at

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