Mikaela Shwer is an award-winning filmmaker and editor with a passion for bringing important stories to life. In 2016 her feature directorial debut Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) was honored with the George Foster Peabody Award after airing on POV/PBS in the fall of 2015 and was supported by ITVS, Latino Public Broadcasting, POV, and the Fledgling Fund.
Early in Mikaela's career she won the Emerging Editor award with the short film 100 Mountains for the Adobe Real Ideas Studio student program at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Since then, Mikaela has worked on numerous projects for HBO, the Sundance Channel and PBS, including the award-winning series Brick City and critically acclaimed independent films Call Me Kuchu and Like the Water. In 2012, Mikaela joined Steeplechase Films, working with Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns for three years, editing Enquiring Minds: The Untold Story of the Man Behind the National Enquirer, Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History, and American Ballet Theatre: A History.
Portret Films comes from the Afrikanns word for Portrait, looking to Mikaela’s family history in South Africa. Mikaela and her company are passionate about documentary film and creating meaningful portrayals of impactful individuals and social topics.