Karina Holden

Ms Karina Holden is a dynamic leader in the film and television industry. She is now the Head of Factual at Northern Pictures and one of Australia’s most recognised creators of original non-fiction programming.

Ms Holden played a crucial role in creating ground- breaking social issues series such as Love on the Spectrum, See What You Made Me Do and Go Back to Where you Came From, as well as producing and directing a twenty-year slate of natural history films for broadcasters around the world.

Her contributions have been recognised with numerous awards, including the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle, 10 gold medals at the New York Festivals, 6 AACTA awards, 2 Venice Television Awards, and 4 Emmys.

Ms Holden’s feature film BLUE received the Okeanos Prix for services to the ocean, following its premiere at the United Nations. She has been recognised by the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2021, UNESCO named Karina the Sydney City of Film, Film Maker of the Year.

What’s a surprising or fun fact people wouldn’t know about you?

“I have pumped the stomach of crocodiles, given mouth to mouth to live snakes and jumped
into the ocean in Antarctica wearing a Mexican Wrestler’s gold cape.”


Vice-Chancellor's Alumni Excellence Award
Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award for exceptional achievement as a filmmaker and Executive Producer, shining a light on conservation and the struggles of marginalised communities.


Graduate Diploma in Science