Combining Kartemquin’s expertise in nurturing emerging, diverse Midwest-based filmmakers and projects with Hulu’s groundbreaking support of original documentaries, the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator is a rich opportunity for filmmaker development. 

The partnership between Kartemquin and Hulu builds upon a successful relationship for the documentary Minding the Gap (directed by Bing Liu and produced by Diane Quon), which was acquired by Hulu after winning a Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. 

In its fourth year, the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator will support urgent, previously untold stories about Indigenous and Native American communities and experiences.

The two filmmakers selected for the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator will each receive:

  • Funding totaling $30,000 for production (we encourage a portion of the grant to be applied toward travel to conferences, festivals, or other industry/networking events);
  • Access to the Kartemquin staff; office, administrative, production and post production support.
  • Direct mentorship from an experienced industry leader rooted in the indigenous community;
  • A custom-designed “braintrust lab” designed to give an intense deep dive on their projects.
  • The opportunity to consult on the projects with Hulu executives and to pitch the projects for Hulu consideration. Note: Hulu has the exclusive right of First Negotiation and First Refusal to acquire, license, develop, finance, and/or distribute the projects.

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 Indigenous and Native American 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:                                                             
    • Partially based in the Midwest* for the duration of the program.
    • A key creative member of your team (director or producer) is at least partially based in the Midwest.
    • The project with which you’re applying is partially based in the Midwest.  

     *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.

    NOTE: Priority consideration will be given to filmmakers who identify as Indigenous and Native American.

Applications are now open through Sunday, July 31, 2024 at 11:59pm CST.

Register for our Virtual Q&A Session on July 9th, 4p CST: Linked HERE.

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