Established through a tripartite partnership between PSBT, the Ford Foundation and Prasar Bharati in 2000, we are a significant stakeholder in the independent documentary movement in India, producing over 52 independent documentaries a year.
We empower people to work in partnership with us and tell the stories they wish to, democratising the production and consumption of visual media.
We enhance public discourses on socio-political realities and provide filmmakers the impetus to engage with their art, creativity, politics and philosophies.
In addition to independent filmmakers, we work in partnership with not-for-profits to develop films for their non-commercial use, to strengthen their civil society interventions.
The systems we adopt for commissioning and the films we produce are an embodiment of India’s diversities and our commitment to celebrating and sustaining them.
We actively seek proposals from all over the country with the aim of fair and equitable representation to the regional and linguistic diversity of India.
Given the marginalisation of women’s voices in the public domain, supporting women filmmakers is a priority, and therefore, 50 per cent of our films are made by women.
We encourage young and starting out talent to work with us. 68 per cent of the filmmakers who work with us are first-time filmmakers for PSBT.
We adopt a robust mentoring process that provides film makers a supportive and congenial context in which to explore their ideas and creativity.
PSBT Films are telecast every week on the national public broadcaster – Doordarshan – and its associate channels; regularly telecast on Lok Sabha Television and occasionally on NDTV24x7. In the past, they have been on Channel 4, BBC, Discovery, Arte, EBS (Korea), Estonia TV, The Epic Channel and India Today.