At a Glance
  • 1490 selections at Festivals around the world

  • 274 Awards in India and abroad

  • 49 National Film Awards
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»  Fali Nariman
»  Kiran Karnik
»  Mrinal Sen
»  Rajiv Mehrotra
»  Shyam Benegal
»  Sharmila Tagore
»  Sunita Narain
»  CEO, Prasar Bharati

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PSBT is currently supported by

Doordarshan, that has provided key enabling support to PSBT from its inception, both financially and by way of a platform for the telecast of our Films on its national channel, DD News, DD Bharati and to a global audience on DD World. Data suggests that the Films reach more than five million viewers. It is only appropriate that India’s national public broadcaster has partnered with PSBT in producing more than 500 independent documentary films.

Prasar Bharati, an autonomous organisation funded by the Government of India and by its modest commercial revenues, to further the agendas and passions of public service broadcasting. Prasar Bharati and PSBT have recently partnered for the production of 52 films a year, over the next five years.

The External Publicity and Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs supports PSBT in the production of a relatively modest 8 films a year. These are produced on High Definition, an aspiration based on international standards, for potential screening overseas and on international television. They are an extremely valuable and important addition to our work as they enable our filmmakers to work on significantly better budgets than we could otherwise offer, to make truly world class films.

Our partners include

The India International Centre, New Delhi, is one of our oldest partners. From hosting PSBT’s first ever annual film festival to its twelfth edition, IIC has been a regular partner on our events and screenings.

INPUT (INternational PUblic Television) brings the best of public service television from across the world to Open Frame.

The Max Mueller Bhavan/ Goethe-Institut has often supported PSBT, and has been a partner for Open Frame, facilitating the INPUT session and other workshops. They have also collaborated with PSBT on monthly public screenings, including Mini INPUT.

Movies that Matter, The Netherlands, is an initiative of Amnesty International that works towards using films towards sensitising the world to human rights and creating a sustainable world. PSBT received a Grant from the Foundation for Open Frame 2010.

PSBT has worked variously with the UN System in India. In partnership with UNDP, PSBT commissioned a series of 16 Films on Women in Leadership Roles as a crucial step towards democratisation of representation. ( The PSBT-UNFPA partnership was an attempt towards using films on Gender, Reproductive Rights and Health as tools for advocacy and raising awareness. The United Nations Information Centre provided support to Open Frame 2010.

The Gender and Sexuality project provided a potent platform for the coming together of PSBT and the MacArthur Foundation to explore shared concerns about gender and sexuality, reproductive rights and health.

The Ford Foundation is the Founding Partner of PSBT. The two have worked together on a number of projects which include the Media Fellowship Programme, films on freedom, environment and most recently, a series of films on conflict.

PSBT and EU have together produced a series of Films on HIV/AIDS in India that chronicle initiatives and stories from across the country on coping with the social and medical implications of the virus.

Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP) is a South Asian research and training initiative. WISCOMP uses PSBT Films for their trainings and programmes on gender sensitisation and conflict transformation. It partnered with PSBT at Open Frame 2009 to explore women’s relationship with conflict and peace building.

The India Habitat Centre has partnered with PSBT over the years to enable a diverse audience to engage with our films through different events including the Open Frame, monthly screenings and other events. The Habitat library also holds weekly screenings of PSBT Films.

PSBT has worked in collaboration with several ministries of the Government of India to produce films on varied issues, such as environment and wildlife with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, and a series on ‘Ideas that have Worked’ with Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, amongst others.

facilitated the participation of films and filmmakers every year at PSBT’s International Film Festival and Forum of reality and documentary films, the Open Frame since its inception. It has also supported the production of training material, including instructional DVDs and publications.

Six selections at the International Film Festival of Kerala, 16-20 June

Atul by Kamal Swaroop
I’m Jeeja by Swati Chakraborty 

Saving the Wild by Rita Banerji
Soz: A Ballad of Maladies by Tushar Madhav and Sarvnik Kaur
The Books We Made by Anupama Chandra and T.N. Uma Devi
The Pangti Story by Sesino Yhoshu


PSBT is currently supported by
  • Doordarshan
  • Public Diplomacy
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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