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Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator

Providing a pathway to first look consideration as a Hulu Original, Kartemquin supports documentary features in production, specifically encouraging filmmakers who are working on at least their second feature film to apply. The Accelerator provides structured, supportive guidance and consultation from Kartemquin staff and invites external filmmakers and industry consultants as guest speakers.

Selected participants will receive $30,000 in funding, mentorship, a custom-designed “braintrust lab” to give an intense deep dive on their projects, and a “first look” opportunity with Hulu executives. For selection, we prioritize filmmakers that have been historically excluded from the documentary space, and a continued interest in supporting Midwest-based makers and stories.

Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator meetings will be virtual, with the option to arrange in-person meetings at our offices in Chicago.


Are you interested in applying for the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator? You’re good to go if you meet the following requirements:


  • You’re applying with a project that reflects the varied experiences of LGBTQIA+ communities.
  • The project you’re applying with is a nonfiction feature or series in production or post-production.
  • You are either the director or producer of the project for which you’re applying.
  • You’re applying as an individual, not as a collective or organization. (Please note: principal collaborators, such as directing/producing partners, will also be able to participate in key meetings and consultations.)
  • You’ve completed at least one feature film that was screened or broadcast nationally.
  • You’re able to meet at least one of the following criteria: 
    • Primarily based in the Midwest for the duration of the program, OR
    • A Midwest native, OR
    • Telling a story of a community in the Midwest in the project which you are submitting for participation in this program.
  • Priority consideration will be given to filmmakers who identify as LGBTQIA+.

*Midwest, for the purposes of this program, is defined as these states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.


Applications are now open through Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 11:59 CST.


Questions? Email accelerator@kartemquin.com

Past Participants


Brydie O’Connor

Luke Terrell


Resita Cox, Latoya Flowers


Colette Ghunim, Reveca Torres

About Hulu

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