Reel Midwest

Reel Midwest is a new anthology series from Illinois Public Media in association with Kartemquin Films, highlighting the best independent filmmaking in the Midwest.

Reel Midwest is meant to showcase regional independent filmmakers whose programs engage audiences, spark dialog and inspire civic participation— enriching the media landscape with Midwest voices.

The eight films we’re seeking for the 2017 inaugural season will include a mix of just completed works; films recently premiered at film festivals; as well as “best of” Midwest-made documentaries from recent years.

This series will be available to public TV stations in Illinois and throughout the Midwest beginning in the fall of 2017.

We look forward to reviewing your film! If you have questions about Reel Midwest or about submitting your film, you can use the form below or email us at

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