At a Glance
  • 704 screenings at Festivals around the world

  • 170 Awards in India and abroad

  • 37 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

Proposals received under the Doordarshan and Public Diplomacy Division Fellowships 2014 are currently under evaluation. We are working feverishly towards announcing a short list on the basis of all the evaluations. Please bear with us for another few weeks.


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; 65 per cent by first-time filmmakers for PSBT; 45 per cent by women and 100 per cent are independents – no middlepersons or production companies.

Our commissioning procedure is transparent in which all proposals are circulated amongst all our Trustees and partner organisations. Based on their comments and our expertise, a short list is arrived at. Final commissioning is done based on several parameters including maintain a balance among regional, gender and linguistic representation.

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 will lead to disqualification. We also discourage filmmakers from seeking to meet PSBT while their proposal is under consideration.

By submitting a proposal you accept our commissioning process and the final decision 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.
Proposals submitted under the latest PD Call are yet to be listed. The list will be displayed by 28 Feb 2014.



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.



PSBT is currently supported by
Doordarshan Ministry of I&B Public Diplomacy Films Division
Partnerships with
UNESCO MMB Movies that Matter Woman make movies The Ford Foundation European Union MacArthur Foundation UNDP UNFPA Ministry of Environment United Nations
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