The Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) is inviting proposals for documentary films from independent filmmakers for their project with the Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), and Government of India.
The PSBT needs clarity in the proposals that the films will project a nuanced and positive image of contemporary India’s soft power to international audiences: Business Entrepreneurs/ Innovators, Scientific India, Compassionate India and Changing Face of India.
Proposals submitted earlier will not be reconsidered. Filmmakers are eligible to apply even if they submitted a proposal under the previous call for PSBT-PD Film Fellowships 2012 and are not currently working on a film for PSBT/ PD.
Four or five films will be commissioned from this call.
All proposals and films at every stage of production will be vetted by the Public Diplomacy Division of the MEA to ensure they meet their objectives. Filmmakers should visit the MEA website to look at the nature of Films they have produced in the past and also subjects their films have covered already, in order not to repeat them.
The PSBT is looking for 26 minute films. In exceptional cases, a few proposals for films of 52 minutes will be considered, along with a shorter version of 26 minutes. All films will need to be shot and post-produced on Full High Definition (1920×1080, 50 mbps). The average budgets are up to Rs 10 lakh for a 26 minutes film and up to Rs 15 lakh for a film of 52 minutes.
The last date to submit Proposals is by 15th August 2012. For more details, click here.