Tim Horsburgh

Tim Horsburgh is an independent producer and consultant dedicated to the development, production, marketing, distributing, and impact of award-winning, impactful documentary films.

Serving on Kartemquin staff from 2009-2021, he was most recently Kartemquin’s Director of Film Strategy, leading the organization's original documentaries through their collaborative production model; industry outreach, strategic initiatives, and brand-building; and serving as the point of contact for Kartemquin Producers and Associates.

Since joining Kartemquin in 2009, he has driven marketing, audience engagement, public relations, and social media for Kartemquin and all their films. In March 2014 he began overseeing Kartemquin's distribution strategy, and was also responsible for assessing and managing potential new Kartemquin documentary projects.

He has led marketing, distribution and impact campaigns for award-winning films including 2019 Academy Award nominee Minding the Gap, and 2018 Academy Award nominees Edith+Eddie and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, and the ten-part series America to Me. His experience covers directing and implementing the festival, theatrical, broadcast, and digital releases of over 40 award-winning films, series, and shorts, and he has helped develop impact campaigns that have reached millions of viewers and organizations. Additional Projects include the Emmy Award-winning Life Itself, The Interrupters, The Trials of Muhammad Ali; and The Homestretch; and the nationally and internationally broadcast productions Eating up Easter; Cooked: Survival by Zip Code; Raising Bertie;No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson; Typeface; Unbroken Glass; In the Game; Almost There; As Goes Janesville; A Good Man; All the Queen’s Horses; and more.


Between 2009-2014 he also designed and managed Kartemquin's filmmaker development programs including the Internship, KTQ Labs, Diverse Voices in Docs, and the Rock the Doc socials, among other initiatives to enhance the Midwest independent production community.

Tim was a founding member of the Indie Caucus and was a founding member of the 2012 #PBSneedsindies campaign, and developed the Heartlandia gathering of midwest documentary filmmakers. He has served on several other initiatives and working groups committed to improving the status and sustainability of documentary filmmakers.

Before joining Kartemquin, Tim worked in Chicago from 2006-2009 in a variety of freelance roles as a producer, journalist, festival programmer, production office manager, social media strategist, and researcher.

Tim was born in India, but raised in England. He holds a Masters in Humanities and Cultural Studies from the London Consortium (2005), and a BA in History from University College London (2003). He is has taught as a part-time faculty member for Northwestern University's MFA in Documentary Media and for Columbia College Chicago's department of Business and Entrepreneurship.

He has spoken on documentary film marketing and distribution, media advocacy, crowdfunding, and social impact at festivals and for organizations including BAFTA (2020), Sundance Film Festival (2019), IDA Getting Real (2018 and 2016), Visible Evidence XXV (2018), IFP Chicago (2018), True/False Film Festival (2018), Chicago International Film Festival (2018, 2017, 2016), Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (2017), Hot Docs (2016 and 2013), Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (2015), Palm Springs International Film Festival (2015), Sheffield Doc/Fest (2015 and 2014), Big Sky Doc Fest (2015), Geneva Film Festival (2014), Cinema/Chicago's CineYouth Festival (2014). Midwest Independent Film Festival (2014), Chicago Filmmakers (2014), AFI Docs (2012), NAMAC Conference (2012). He has served as juror for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (2019), ITVS Open Call (2018, twice), IDA Awards (2017), Hot Docs Forum (2017), News and Documentary Emmys (2015), Minneapolis-St.Paul International Film Festival (2015), Chicago International Film Festival (2014), Illinois Arts Council arts grantmaking panel (2013).

Films by Tim Horsburgh

A Compassionate Spy 2022
Executive Producers
A Mystery To Me 2020
Consulting Producer
Represent 2020
Director of Film Strategy
Finding Yingying 2020
Director of Film Strategy
Eating Up Easter 2018
Director of Communications and Distribution
Minding the Gap 2018
Communications and Distribution
Cooked: Survival by Zip Code 2018
Director of Communications and Distribution
Edith+Eddie 2017
Director of Communications and Distribution
Stranded by the State 2016
Kartemquin Films Director of Communications and Distribution
Unbroken Glass 2016
Director of Communications and Distribution
Raising Bertie 2016
Director of Communications and Distribution, Kartemquin Films
In the Game 2015
Kartemquin Director of Communications and Distribution
Hard Earned 2015
Kartemquin Films Staff
Almost There 2014
Kartemquin Director of Communications and Distribution
The Homestretch 2014
Kartemquin Films Director of Communications & Distribution
Life Itself 2014
Chief Communications and Distribution Officer, Kartemquin Films
The Trials of Muhammad Ali 2013
Kartemquin Director of Communications and Distribution
American Arab 2013
Director of Communications And Programs At Kartemquin
A Good Man 2011
Production Support for Kartemquin Films
The Interrupters 2011
Kartemquin Communications Manager