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Communication and Information Activities

Creative Content: Radio, TV, New Media

Supporting creativity and innovation in local content production in radio, television and new media

The Open Frame 2005

International Festival and Forum on Public Service Broadcasting
The forum will screen the most challenging productions from Asia and the rest of the world, while stimulating reflection on local content production and public service broadcasting issues.

If you have recently directed a documentary, a short fiction film or a television magazine that is innovative (in form or content), creative, challenging or going beyond conventional forms of television language, as well as a genuine expression of your culture, we are interested in screening your work.

The Public Service Broadcasting Trust of India aims at fostering a public culture of broadcasting that is as exciting and cutting edge, as it is socially responsive and representative of democratic values. In doing this, PSBT seeks to re-fashion the paradigm of radio and television, not at the margins, but in the mainstream and at the very heart of broadcasting.

UNESCO’s objective is to promote the expression of cultural and linguistic diversity through communication by stimulating the production and distribution of diversified content coming from all regions of the world.

Entering a programme

To enter a production, send two DVDs to us and fill the enclosed “Programme Entry Form”. Complete the online registration form making sure that the information is accurate and complete. Enclose pictures or any promotional material if possible.

Participation in the Forum

Directors whose productions are selected will be invited to take part in the Forum to present their production and join the discussions.

UNESCO/PSBT will cover the accommodation expenses of selected directors from developing countries whose productions are retained for screening. A few travel grants will also be available to cover air-fares.

The works of this Forum are opened to all television professionals. If you wish to attend covering your own expenses, fill out the personal data on the “programme entry form” and specify that you are registering as an “Observer”.

Working language

The Forum will be held in English. Productions in other languages should be subtitled in English. Entry forms must also be filled in in this language.


Productions should be submitted on DVD (2 copies please).

Deadline for the registration of productions

DVDs and registration forms must reach us by 17 June 2005

Shipment of DVDs

DVDs should be sent to the following address:

Ms. Rosa M. Gonzalez
Communication Development Division
1, rue Miollis
75015 Paris, France

Film Makers in India may send their films directly to:

Rajiv Mehrotra
Managing Trustee
A 86 Nizamuddin East
New Delhi - 110013

DVDs cannot be returned.


The Public Service Broadcasting Trust is a non-for-profit initiative that represents the coming together of energies to shape the contours of Public Broadcasting in India in a manner that values the public nature of the media in society. PSBT, in partnership with Prasar Bharati Corporation (the national Broadcaster in India), commissions independent filmmakers to produce quality documentaries and public service programmes on its hour-long prime time slot each week, with a potential reach of about 100 million television homes.

If selected for the Forum and upon your agreement PSBT may include your film in its travelling festival of films and air this as part of its screening programme on national public television in India, The Open Frame, on a non commercial basis.

UNESCO’s Audio-visual E-platform

If selected for the Forum, and upon your agreement, your production will be invited to join UNESCO’s Audio-visual e-platform, a highly secured, restricted to professional use, on-line platform which you will be able to manage and use to promote your work at local, regional and international levels. At the same time, UNESCO promotes the platform at the international level with broadcasters, festival organizers, educational institutions and other partners.

You will also be periodically informed about the activities of UNESCO’s Programme for Creative Content, including training, production and distribution possibilities.

Start Date 09-09-2005
End Date 15-09-2005
Event Location New Delhi, India
Organizer The Public Service Broadcasting Trust
Partners / Sponsors UNESCO, Prasar Bharati Corporation
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