Chicago-based non-profit documentary organization Kartemquin Films and Disney-backed streamer Hulu have entered into a two-year partnership to launch an accelerator program for filmmakers of color.
The Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator program, which launches in March, will offer funding opportunities and focused mentorship for two recent graduates of Kartemquin’s filmmaker development programs.
Supported programs will include Kartemquin’s Diverse Voices in Docs, KTQ Labs, and KTQ Internship programs.
The two selected filmmakers will each receive a US$20,000 grant towards production; support through Kartemquin’s collaborative production model; access to the organization’s Chicago office, production equipment and editing facilities; direct mentorship from an industry leader or Kartemquin associate; a custom-designed “braintrust lab”; and a first-look opportunity with Hulu.
Applications are now open for interested Kartemquin programs alumni. For more details on eligibility and requirements, visit Kartemquin’s website.
The two companies have previously collaborated on the 2018 Academy Award- and Emmy Award-nominated film Minding the Gap (pictured) from director Bing Liu.
Liu originally developed the film through Kartemquin’s Diverse Voices in Docs program, and then entered into Kartemquin’s “collaborative production model,” through which he met producer Diane Quon after a KTQ Labs screening of an early rough cut.
“With the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator, we see an opportunity to remove some of the formidable barriers to entry faced by many filmmakers who do not come from a background of privilege,” said Jolene Pinder, Kartemquin executive director, in a statement. “As we have done with debut films such as Bing Liu’s Minding the Gap or Jiayan ‘Jenny’ Shi’s Finding Yingying, the program will add to the filmmaker’s capacity while harnessing the strengths of the unique Kartemquin community to cultivate their growth, but will be taking that process to the next level.”
“With Hulu’s support of Kartemquin, underrepresented filmmakers are going to be given the guidance and grounding they need so they can deliver stronger material and participate more effectively in the current industry. We hope it will have a transformative impact on a generation of diverse and adventurous storytellers based in the midwest,” added Tim Horsburgh, Kartemquin’s director of film strategy.