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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

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.

General Proposals submitted to us between October 2015 and 15 November 2016 will be considered by PSBT for the Film Fellowships 2016.


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 UNIQUE 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.

While filling up the Proposal, please ensure you do not paste from the latest version of MS Word. It affects the output which then appears as codes and specil characters. Please use Notepad or a smilar program to copy and paste text from.

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.


The Call for Proposals for these Fellwoships, active until the intervening midnight of 15 and 16 November, is now closed. We thank all those who have submitted their proposals to us. The list of filmmakers who have submitted proposals to us is below. The Acknowledgement Number received in response to your Proposals is a proof of submission.

We hope to short list proposals by the end of January 2017.

If you have any queries, please email us on


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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