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Carter Kirilenko is an award winning independent film Director & Producerspecializing in original and branded documentary production. 

Carter's films explore themes of human resilience and our relationship with the natural world. He is based between Vancouver and Cape Town, 

from where he's built a breadth of experience filming across different cultures and physically demanding environments.


 Carter's films have screened at festivals globally, receiving multiple awards such as People's Choice Award at VIMFF for his film "Leuser: The Last Place on Earth" and "Best International Film" at Oregon Documentary Film Festival for "In Your Palm". Carter is a VIFF Catalyst Fellow, and has worked with companies such as Forgotten Parks Foundation, WaterBear Network, SONY, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Re_Generation, and ReWild Africa. His work has been regularly displayed at the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) annual climate exhibitions. He is currently developing Upemba, a feature documentary exploring the fight to protect one of the last wildernesses in the Congo.

Carter holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (B.E.S) from the University of Waterloo, where he studied Environment and Business. He is a certified PADI Open Water diver and holds CPR C & AED certification. 

"Carter is a remarkably adept problem-solver with an innate ability to overcome the challenges that can often arise in the filmmaking process. His efficiency, professionalism, and calm demeanour provided a strong foundation for our team at CPAWS-BC, which ensured smooth progress and a final product that surpassed all expectations. His ability to create films that stir emotions, prompt reflection, and spark conversations is truly remarkable. It's more than just filmmaking with Carter. It's about creating real, lasting change. I can't recommend Carter enough."

Rippon Madtha

Director of Communications at CPAWS BC

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The Vancouver Sun

September, 2021

The Georgia Straight

February, 2021

100.5 FM Conscious Living Network Radio

September, 2020


The Radicle - UWaterloo News

March, 2020

A Journey to Success

March, 2020



Conference of the Parties (COP) 27 - Sharm El Sheikh

2022 - Dressing the Princess


Pacific Rim Film Festival

2022 Official Selection - Salmon Parks

Conference of the Parties (COP) 26 - Glasgow

2021 - Salmon Parks


Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

2021 Official Selection - Leuser: The Last Place on Earth

McMinnville Short Film Festival 

2021 Official Selection - In Your Palm 

American Conservation Film Festival

2021 Official Selection - In Your Palm

Colorado Environmental Film Festival

2021 Official Selection - In Your Palm 

Oregon Documentary Film Festival

2020 Official Selection - In Your Palm 

Toronto Independent Film Festival

2020 Official Selection - In Your Palm 



Eco Film Award 

Dressing the Princess

2023 - Science Film Festival


Peoples Choice Award 

2021 - Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

VIFF Catalyst Alumni

Mentorship program for emerging filmmakers

Best International Film 

2020 - Oregon Documentary Film Festival

Best Short Film 

2020 - Toronto Independent Film Festival

Best Student Film

2020 - Awareness Festival

Best Student Film

2021 - ​American Conservation Film Festival


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