Kylie is a Canadian-Australian screenwriter, director, and producer who began her artistic journey in community theatre. After pursuing a career as a chef and culinary instructor that spanned almost two decades and four countries, Kylie's focus returned to performing arts and visual media, determined to create and armed with stories to tell. Since then, Kylie established her US-based production company, Gladiolus Productions, with producing partner Robyn Babina and, upon returning to Canada, founded Yarn Spinner Entertainment, her Canadian production company.
Kylie has produced, written, and directed award-winning, independent projects that include the short drama, ‘Moral Compass,’ and psychological thriller feature, ‘The Dog Walker,’ distributed by Leomark Studios.
Recent projects include the pilot presentation of ‘Wellness Inc.,’ a comedy sitcom that she created, currently being pitched in North America. Her COVID era virtual web series, ‘Auto Boss,’ winner of Best Comedy at the 202 SoCal film awards.
Since returning to Canada from the US in 2019, Kylie has worked as an Assistant Director on independent projects in Calgary before joining the Directors Guild of Canada. A highlight for her 2020 progress was being selected for the Alberta Producer's Accelerator Program, where she is developing a Canadian drama set in Northern Alberta & BC. In addition to her work in the APA Program, Kylie is moving forward with a slate of other exciting projects for film and television that you can browse here.
Kylie’s awards include Best Director – Atlantic City Cinefest, Artist of the Year at the Northern Virginia International Film Festival, Best Dramatic Feature at the New Haven International Film Festival and others. A full list of awards and industry achievements can be viewed below.
Kylie is proud to be a member of the DGC and Australian Writers Guild. She has earned an M.Ed. from The University of Tasmania, a B.Ed. from the University of Canberra, and screenwriting certificates from NYU and UCLA extension programs. Kylie believes in life-long learning and continues to participate in professional development programs, industry seminars, conferences and workshops. She is a visual storyteller with strong organizational and leadership skills and thrives in a collaborative, artistic environment.
List of Awards & Industry Achievements
Selected – Content Canada Alberta Producer’s Accelerator Program – A Human Frailty (2020)
Winner - SoCal Film Awards – Best Web Series – Auto Boss (2020)
2nd Place - Down East Film Festival –Comedy – Auto Boss (2020)
Action on Film Festival – The MICO Award – Nominated. Results pending due to COVID-19 (2020)
Nichols Fellowship Top 10% - Whistling in the Dark (2020)
Austin Film Festival – 2nd Rounder – Teleplay – Wellness Inc. (2019)
Official Selection – Screenplay Spec – The Salad Spinner – San Pedro International Film Festival (2019)
Winner – Best Dramatic Film – The Dog Walker – The New Haven International Film Festival (2019)
Winner – Best Soundtrack – The Dog Walker - The Jersey Shore Film Festival (2019)
Nominated – Best Director – The Dog Walker - Art is Alive Film Festival (2019)
2nd Place – Suspense Film – The Dog Walker - The Indie Film Gathering (2019)
Winner – Artist of the Year – Northern Virginia International Film Festival (2019)
Winner – Best Screenplay Comedy – The Salad Spinner - Northern Virginia International Film Festival (2019)
Finalist –Austin Revolution Film Festival – Screenplay: Outlaw: The Personal Justice of Katie Watson (2017)
Winner - Jury Award – Screenplay: Whistling in the Dark – NOVA Film Festival (2017)
Semi-Finalist – Screenplay: Outlaw: The Personal Justice of Katie Watson – Nashville Film Festival (2017)
Finalist – IACP Digital Media Awards – Culinary Trust Award for Culinary Video (2017)
Winner – Best current Events Film – The Culinary Professor – CUNY Film Festival (2017)
Winner - Best Woman Filmmaker – Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards (Dec 2016)
Winner – Best Short Documentary – Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards (Dec 2016)
Winner - Best Director – Short Drama – Moral Compass - Atlantic City Cinefest (2016)