At a Glance
  • 728+ screenings at Festivals around the world

  • 181 Awards in India and abroad

  • 41 National Film Awards
Our Trustees»  Adoor Gopalakrishnan
»  Aruna Vasudev
»  Fali Nariman
»  Kiran Karnik
»  Mrinal Sen
»  Rajiv Mehrotra
»  Shyam Benegal
»  Sharmila Tagore
»  Sunita Narain
»  Jawhar Sircar

PSBT thanks all those who have applied for our Film Fellowships. Our evaluation process is now nearing completion. We are in discussion with the following filmmakers, whose proposals have been collectively short listed for further consideration, at this time. We expect to commission from amongst these in the coming weeks. Being short listed is not synonymous with being selected for commissioning.

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.

The above does not represent the final list of films we will commission. Depending on our resources and project guidelines, we may commission additional films in the coming months. Moreover, PSBT is always open to exceptional proposals, in particular, topical ones. If you feel you have something exciting to propose, please submit your Proposal here.


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. More than 60 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.

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.

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.

THIS CALL IS NOW CLOSED. We thank all those who have submitted proposals to us.




THIS CALL IS NOW CLOSED. We thank all those who have submitted proposals to us.

Under this project,

1. We will commission films of either 26 or 52 minutes duration. 52 minute Films will also need to be provided in two parts of 26 minutes each.
2. The average budget for a 26 minute film would be between 3.5 and 4.5 lakh and for a 52 minute film, between 5.5 and 6.5 lakh.



While we usually consider and process proposals under specific projects, we are always open to exceptional ideas. Should you wish to propose a film to us, please submit your proposal, by filling and submitting the Form below.



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Doordarshan Ministry of I&B Public Diplomacy Films Division
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