Holly Carter

Holly Carter

Founder and Executive Director

Documentary filmmaker, journalist, editor, fundraiser, educator and non-profit leader.

Full Bio
Holly Ornstein Carter started her career as a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist at The New York Times and has worked for 30 years as a journalist, editor, documentary filmmaker, fundraiser and non-profit leader.

Holly founded BYkids in 2007 as a global movement that uses storytelling through film to inform, engage and inspire action. BYkids provides kids around the world with the training and the video cameras to make short documentaries about their lives and globally relevant issues. Renowned filmmakers mentor these young people in the art of filmmaking.
In 2016 Public Television joined the Ford Foundation and Discovery Education as BYkids institutional partner. FILMS BYKIDS, the premier season of our five-part documentary series narrated by Ashley Judd, aired nationally on public television.

Before founding BYkids, Holly ran the Global Film Initiative, a foundation bringing feature films from the developing world to major cultural institutions across the country.

In 1999, Holly co-founded N

Professional Credits
Founder and Executive Director, BYkids (2007 to present)

Executive Producer and Writer, "Wake Up" for Documentary Channel (2006)

Executive Director, Global Film Initiative that Brought 10 feature films from the developing world to major cultural institutions across the country in an effort to promote cross-cultural understanding. (2003-2006)

Consulting Producer, "Media Matters" for PBS (1999-2003)

Co-Founder, Full Frame Film Festival (1998-1999)

Co-Producer, "Margaret Sanger" for PBS (1998)
Industry Awards
Pulitzer and Emmy nominations, multiple film festival awards (Chicago Children's, Woodstock, Nashville, United Nations Association), 2021 Media Educator Award (MY HERO), 2021 Impactful/Scalable Global Education (HundrED), Prix Jeunesse Gender Equity Prize. Japan Prize.
Content Types
Nonprofit Administrator, Production Executive, Writer
Business Types
Nonprofit, Production Company
Countries Worked In
Other Countries Worked In
Colombia, Mozambique, Bhutan, Nicaragua, Senegal, Germany
Other Languages Spoken
French, Korean