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We are grateful to all those who have submitted proposals to PSBT, for our Fellowships 2015-16. Our evaluation process is now complete and we will shortly be commissioning films from amongst the short listed proposals. Short listed proposals have been approved in principle and final commissioning will be undertaken only after further discussion and consideration. Being short listed is therefore not synonymous with being selected for commissioning.

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


The Fellowships will be commissioned in partnership with Doordarshan.

The Films to be commissioned will ordinarily be 26 minutes in duration, and 52 minutes in exceptional cases.

The following documents will govern the proposals that are submitted and finally commissioned:


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

Proposals submitted to us till 26 October 2015 have been evaluated and decisions regarding their selection or otherwise have been communicated to the applicants. There are no proposals under consideration with us from before the aforementioned date.

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.


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 are independents – no middlepersons or production companies.

Our commissioning procedure is transparent. All proposals are circulated amongst all our Trustees and donors. 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 General Commissioning Proposal Form below.

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

PSBT is committed to supporting Indian filmmakers, ordinarily resident in India.
Also see FAQs for more information on our commissioning process.

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