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If you have attempted to submit a proposal and for some reason have not managed to submit it, 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:


Proposals will be accepted only in the FORMAT PRESCRIBED by PSBT, available here, from 09 to 22 February 2015. No hard copies will be accepted.

Please ensure that you read all the associated documents – Idea Submission Agreement, Draft Agreement, Sample Budget, List of Deliverables, etc., before you propose a film and budget.

Short listed filmmakers will be required to elaborate on the submitted proposals and budgets, before further consideration. They may be invited 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, unless so discussed with PSBT.

PSBT is not liable for any proposals that do not reach us/ or do not reach us on time.

Please write to us at in case you have any difficulty filling or submitting the Proposal Form.

If you are currently doing a Film for PSBT, you are eligible to apply only if your Rough Cut has been submitted or will be submitted before the end of this Call. Please note that if the Rough Cut is not submitted, the submitted proposal will not be considered.

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


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.

Also see FAQs for more information on our commissioning process.

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