Kyle Portbury, MA

Kyle Portbury

Adjunct Faculty

Kyle Portbury is an Emmy® Award-winning writer/director whose work encompasses a diverse range of storytelling.

Kyle studied at the Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and shot his first short film, "Swan Song", following his graduation. Several commissions followed swiftly including "The Mountain Within", his first feature-length documentary, which went on to achieve a cinema release in the UK and win various awards including Best Documentary at The Mountain Film Festival in California. The film also screened at prestigious festivals including the 20th Coca-Cola Cinemagic Film Festival in Belfast. Most recently it screened at The Modern in Fort Worth, TX in March 2016 followed by a Q&A with Kyle and the films Emmy® Award-winning composer Michael Price (BBC Sherlock).

From 2009-2015 Kyle was the Creative Director of Film & TV at a production house in Sydney, Australia. During his tenure, he directed numerous projects including "Beyond the Search", "CHIP" and "Tell the World" a period drama set in mid-1800s New England, USA. Kyle was nominated for best direction in online drama at the 2017 Australian Directors Guild awards for his work on 'Tell the World'.

These past twelve months have been busy with Kyle writing several screenplays and developing a number of projects. His most recent film 'Truth' won a 2018 Lonestar Regional Emmy® Award for outstanding achievement in historic/cultural - program feature/segment.

Kyle is currently in development on a number of projects with various studios and distributors, teaching full-/me, and the director of the Institute of Christian Film. 

Kyle Portbury, IMDB, has won the following awards as Director for film projects:

Beyond the Search won 14 international awards including the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle

A Mountain Within won Best Documentary at the Mountain Film Festival in California

Beyond Heroes was nominated for Best Documentary and Best Director

Tell the World Episode 4 was nominated for Best Short Film/TV Episode and Best Short Screenplay at the 2017 International Christian Film Festival in Florida

Beyond Heroes (Beyond the Search, Episode 5), directed by Kyle Portbury, has been nominated for awards at the 2017 International Christian Film Festival of in Florida.

Tell the World Episode 2 won an Award of Excellence at the 2017 Best Shorts Film Festival in LA, California

Australian Directors Guild nomination for the Tell the World  online series release, nominated for Outstanding Direction in an Online Drama

The Prepper, a short film producted by Portbury's 2016 Film Production Class at Southwestern, was nominated in three categories including best comedy short, best sound design, and best cinematography at the Sonscreen Film Festival. The film previously won for Best Student Comedy Short at the Lionshead Film Festival in Dallas.