The director of The Grey, The A-Team and Narc will collect the honour at opening night on Aug 9 at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Carnahan will introduce the world premiere of Zachary Guerra’s The Devil’s Dosh, on which he served as executive producer.
Previous HollyShorts Visionary award recipients include Paul Haggis, Eli Roth and Neil LaBute.
The 8th annual HollyShorts runs until Aug 16. As previously announced, Zachary Quinto, and his Before The Door Pictures will open the festival with a special theatrical world premiere of Periods.