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Keene, Texas » Southwestern Adventist University's Department of Communication is happy to announce that student film "100% Match" by Shane Miosi, won Honorable Mention in the Best Comedy Short category at the 2017 Sonscreen Film Festival in California. It was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay. A short film produced by the Film Production class, "The Prepper," was also nominated in three categories at Sonscreen. The categories were Best Comedy Short, Best Sound Design, and Best Cinematography.

Eight students involved with the projects were able to attend the event with Southwestern communication professor and mentor Kyle Portbury. “The Prepper” previously won for Best Student Comedy Short at the Lionshead Film Festival in Dallas. “100% Match” was also “Officially Selected” for the Rock Port International Film Festival, in Corpus Cristi, Texas.

“Congratulations to the communications majors involved with ‘The Prepper’ and ‘100% Match’” says Portbury. “It is truly an honor to work with such talented students.”

The Communication Department established the Institute for Christian Film at Southwestern in 2016. The program encourages writers to submit scripts for development. The scripts go through an acceptance phase with potential for fundraising and development by the skilled faculty and students in the Communication Department.

Professor Kyle Portbury has many awards for his own work, including the prestigious Award of Excellence from The Best Shorts Film Competition. The award was given for Portbury’s exciting historical drama, “Tell the World” which tells the true story of the beginnings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. “Tell the World” features exceptional visuals and storytelling through standout performances in the key roles of Ellen White and William Miller. He was also nominated by the Australian Directors Guild for the online series release for Outstanding Direction in an online drama. 

Another of his works, “Beyond the Search” previously won 14 international awards including the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle. Portbury also won Best Documentary for “A Mountain Within” at the Mountain Film Festival in California, among others.

Two of Portbury’s films, “Beyond Heroes” and “Tell the World, Episode 4” were also recently nominated for awards at the 2017 International Christian Film Festival in Florida. “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. This festival saw the submissions of 503 films, the majority of which did not receive nominations. For more information, visit swau.edu/film.

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