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In our films we travel through time to meet people in their present.

We are a film production company in Vienna, Austria, that produces high-quality documentaries, relying on a unique narrative style, combining originality with topicality and reflecting historic and social developments. Our core team consists of two managing directors, whose competencies complement each other through many years of cooperation. The experience gained and the learning process, from times of crisis and prosperity, represent a strength that manifests itself in Portal Films.
Founded by Jonathan Vaughan and Bernhard Riener in autumn 2020, we focus on documentary work for public television with historical, cultural and socio-political themes. Image films, short films and music videos enrich and inspire the working methods and the aesthetics for newly gained perspectives that flow into the respective genres. With our projects, we want to have a positive impact on social development.

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Direction, Script & Production

Bernhard Riener

With roots in the DIY world, action art, music, photography & film have been accompanying me around the world. I look into the past, into the future, the life in the now and how it can be combined in intriguing documentaries.

I want voices of social engagement and their themes throughout history to be heard.
Camera, Editing & Production

Jonathan Vaughan

Grown up in a film production house, where everything was about stories, always surrounded with colorful people, curiosity became the fuel of my life. Finding intriguing people and talents, capturing their knowledge and working together with them are my vision.

I want to create films that take people on a journey and that can be reflected on.