At a Glance
  • 836 screenings at Festivals around the world

  • 208 Awards in India and abroad

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


650+ independent films mentored and supported.

800+ Film Festival selections by juries around the world.

200+ Awards. 43 National Awards from the President of India. An Award for every three films produced.

450+ independent filmmakers. No production companies or middlepersons.

First timers and starting out filmmakers make two thirds of the films.

Women make approximately half the films.

Telecast every week on Doordarshan News and Lok Sabha Television. Regular telecasts on NDTV, DD National, DD Bharati and DD World. Telecast on BBC World, Arte & offers from Channel 4.

Best Practices celebrated by UNESCO Report.

Global Award 2012 for Innovation and Advancement by AMIC, Singapore.

Supported widely: Prasar Bharati (India’s National Public Broadcaster); Ministries of External Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, Culture, Environment and Forests and Personnel and Administrative Reforms; Ford Foundation; MacArthur Foundation; UNDP; UNESCO; UNFPA, etc.

Managed by Distinguished Trustees. Adoor Gopalakrishnan (Chairperson), Shyam Benegal, Mrinal Sen, Fali Nariman, Jawhar Sircar, Sharmila Tagore, Kiran Karnik, Sunita Narain, Aruna Vasudev and Rajiv Mehrotra.


Active mentoring of Filmmakers by distinguished film/ media persons, including our Trustees and evaluators Ajit Duara, Aruna Vasudev, Bhaskar Ghose, Bina Paul Venugopal, Mark Tully, Neelima Mathur, Shohini Ghosh, Suresh Chabria, Uma da Cunha and Vijaya Mulay.

Modest Budgets. 75-80% of our budgets are spent directly on Film Production, 5% on Dissemination, 15% on Operating costs.

Accsex by Shweta Ghosh
Being Bhaijaan by Shabani Hassanwalia & Samreen Farooqui
Japan in Nagaland by Hemant Gaba
On and Off the Records by Pratik Biswas
The F Word by Saba Rehman
What the Fields Remember by Subasri Krishnan

10th Seattle Film Festival
Mardistan by Harjant Gill
She Creates to Conquer by Sarmistha Maiti
What the Fields Remember by Subasri Krishnan

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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