We're excited to announce Seph just picked up a director for her WW2 TV series ESTHER'S DEN! Shannon Van Metre, writer/director of her first short film, FuN? currently on the festival circuit. Shannon has worked in the TV and film industry for over twenty years. Besides being on board to direct IN THE STARS short, she has fallen in love with Esther's as well, which makes us happy!
THE SECRET OF BANRION WOOD has made it into the QF's of WRITE MOVIES Spring 2017 contest!
THE MAP has won the Best Technique award at The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards in London! The Secret Of Banrion Wood was runner up in Best Genre!
Seph's scripts: THE MAP short drama/adv/fant, and THE SECRET OF BANRION WOOD feature fam/adv/fant are both Official Selections for The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards in London!
Seph is working on a new feature - BOUDICCA - heroine of Roman Britain, and polishing The Water King producer, Donna Wheeler's, feature (title to be announced).
THE WATER KING screenplay was a Finalist in Glasgow's TMFF festival, and a Semifinalist in Bucharest ShortCut Cinema screenplay contest.
Seph's Family-Friendly screenplay, THE SECRET OF BANRION WOOD, is a Finalist (1 of 3) in the Family/Animation category of the 2017 Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting contest!
Seph's three scripts, IN THE STARS (short), THE WATER KING (feature), and DEATH OF A MORTAL WOMAN (feature) are currently in the Semi-Finals of the SACRAMENTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. The finish has earned her an invite to the American Screenwriters Conference in April!
Well, we are starting off the year with some incredible developments!
THE WATER KING now has both a director and a producer. Award-winning director Ellen Gerstein fell in love with the script a couple months ago and has just signed on. And award-winning filmmaker Donna Wheeler has signed on to produce!
Not only has Donna signed on to produce TWK, but she's also signed on to direct DEATH OF A MORTAL WOMAN feature and the AGRIPPINA miniseries!
It's been a whirlwind month for Seph's screenplays.
Feature screenplay THE WATER KING won Best Feature Script at London Golden Scout IFF's Autumn contest!
IN THE STARS won BEST SHORT SCRIPT at TOP INDIE FILM AWARDS.
New short script IN THE STARS has been accepted into Los Angeles Cinefest! Finalists announced mid-October!
Another award for THE WATER KING screenplay!
DEATH OF A MORTAL WOMAN is an Official Selection of 2016 True Stories Screenwriting contest.
Seph's historical biopic feature on Agrippina the Elder, DEATH OF A MORTAL WOMAN, is one of 4 finalists in WRITE MOVIES 1st UK screenwriting competition.
Congrats to overall winner Phillip Ramati, and runner-ups Mark Flood for BITING THE BULLET, Nicholas Horwood for THE DENMARK, and Persephone Vandegrift for DEATH OF A MORTAL WOMAN.
Via Write Movies: "These scripts that ran MADAME CAVELL right down to the wire and could have been winners in their own right: though we never promised this originally, we may choose to offer a year of free script development on these scripts to all of those finalists too."
THE FURIES website has been updated and things are moving forward for us at a fast, fast pace! Check it out!
Persephone's insight into writing about women in ancient history "FINDING AGRIPPINA" - is a behind the scenes look at how the accidental discovery of Agrippina the Elder's story changed her life. Now a multi award-winning screenplay, DEATH OF A MORTAL WOMAN, is also being adapted for a miniseries and documentary.
THE WATER KING has been awarded a TOP 100 scripts of 2015 Emerging Screenwriters Contest.
ALL THINGS HIDDEN is thrilled to receive a 'Special Mention' at the I Filmmaker Film Festival in Spain. The festival runs Dec 4th-8th. Out of 1200 films, 100 were chosen to screen and 300 for Special Mentions.
A few months back I was asked to co-write feature mythological thriller THE FURIES with Dave Thompson, who will also be directing. We are in the midst of development funding but meanwhile you can learn more about the short film version of THE FURIES which screened at Cannes back in September - for more info ---> The Furies FB
DEATH OF A MORTAL WOMAN reached the SF's of PAGE and is in consideration for the Finals!
THE WATER KING is currently making the rounds as it continues on its quest for a director. Lots of great feedback for the story from everyone!
JULY 2015Screenplay for historical biopic DEATH OF A MORTAL WOMAN has WON the Historical genre category of the Capital Fund Screenplay contest - it is also in the quarterfinals of PAGE screenwriting contest
Screenplay for THE WATER KING - dram/rom/com/supernatural has also reached the quarterfinals of PAGE!
Ireland's 2015 WOW Anthology is released! Award-winning fiction and poetry including my short story 'Little-Girl Dreams:
Feature screenplay 'THE WATER KING' is a semi-finalist in Nashville Film Festival's screenwriting contest!
We've released another short film THE LAST LIGHT! Directed by Jennifer Cummins, Written by Persephone Vandegrift, and Produced by Lisa Cooper. Audience Award Winner at Seattle's Post Alley Film Festival 2014
Watch it here:
MYTHFEST - a one-act production comprised of 3 new plays based on women in classical mythology will be part of the SEATTLE FRINGE FESTIVAL 2014. It will be quickly followed by another remount at Pocket Theater in Seattle on Sept 28th. Created by Seattle writers Persephone Vandegrift, Carolynne Wilcox, and Machelle Allman, Mythfest explores the infinite impact of myth on our contemporary lives by addressing issues such as the media's obsession with women's appearance (LETTER FROM HELEN), the politics of war (HIPPOLYTA), and how sometimes we are at the mercy of the whim of Fate (FATE DEMANDS IT) Directed by Rebecca Goldberg and introducing Mythfest musical muse, Abi Grace.
Fantastic News!!! Our short film ALL THINGS HIDDEN is finally released!
More excellent news! Other short film ALL THINGS HIDDEN is a Director's Choice for Lagniappe Film and Music Festival in Beaumont Texas. We screen May 10th at Best Buy Theater at 1130 am - Texas time! www.thelagniappefestival.com
We are THRILLED to have our 2nd short film THE LAST LIGHT as an Official Selection for American Online Film Awards Spring Festival! The festival runs May 1st-14th.
ALL THINGS HIDDEN screens APRIL 6TH, 2014 AT 730PM at FIRSTGLANCE FESTIVAL in LA at Regal Live Cinemas
THE LAST LIGHT is an Official Selection for Brooklyn Girl Film Festival. We screen March 28th 8pm Launchpad in Brooklyn, NY!
THE LAST LIGHT short film takes home Audience Award from Post Alley Film Festival!
WONDERFUL NEWS! ALL THINGS HIDDEN is an Official Selection at the First Glance Festival in LA, CA April 4th-6th
ALL THINGS HIDDEN is an OFFICIAL SELECTION for Seattle's Social Justice Issue Film Festival!
Seph has been asked to help develop the pilot for this fantastic historical miniseries!
Please take a look at their website http://www.vanquishedseries.com/