Karina Silva is a Director of Photography based out of Los Angeles, CA. Born in Miami and raised in Madrid, Silva graduated from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and has worked as a cinematographer on a variety of films, music videos and documentaries.
In 2016, Karina received the prestigious Emerging Cinematographer Award for her documentary Doble 9, which focused on four Cuban exiles who find camaraderie within the domino club of Miami's Little Havana. Recently, Karina was the cinematographer on the award winning feature film, Beauty Mark, directed by Harris Doran. Beauty Mark premiered at the LA Film Festival and has garnered several awards, including Best Ultra Indie at the Woodstock Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival. She also recently shot the feature No Man of God directed by Amber Sealey for SpectreVision, and the short film Elbows Deep for director Catherine Hardwicke, starring Cara Delevingne and produced by the gender equality non-profit We Do It Together.
Karina’s commercial credits include spots for Adidas, Whole Foods, Disney, AT&T, Airbnb, and Zillow, among many others.
Prior to becoming a Director of Photography, Silva worked as a camera operator and second unit DP on projects including Mr. Holmes, Patriots Day, Terminator: Dark Fate, Deepwater Horizaon, Megan Leavey, Beauty and the Beast, and Disney+ original series Star Wars: The Mandalorian.
Apart from her film career, Karina is an Olympic level diver. She has competed in over 15 countries, holds 14 Spanish national titles, the UCLA record on 10 meter platform, and 3 European Championship titles; one of which she holds the record in Spain for being the only female to win gold at a European championship.