Persephone Vandegrift

Award-winning writer for film, TV, stage, and fiction



Short play IT'S A CLASSIC will have it's Hollywood premiere at Broadwater Theaters in March 2020! And it's also a semi-finalist at Rover Dramawerks in Texas!



THE WATER KING has been nominated for Best Romantic Comedy Screenplay at Atlanta Comedy Film Festival!

THE WATER KING is officially nominated for Best Unproduced Screenplay at the International Film Festival of Wales!   

Happy to report that Seph's dark comedy short script THE CLOWN has been picked up by the talented stop-motion filmmaker, Laura Lewis-Barr! For more of her work, take a look: 





ROSEHIP: A VERY CURIOUS FAIRY print version has been released! With bonus coloring pages! Check out THE VERY FAIRY SERIES and pick up a copy of Rosehip - a wonderful, uplifting, humorous bedtime story for everyone!



DEATH OF A MORTAL WOMAN screenplay - biopic on Agrippina the Elder (Caligula's mother) finished as a SEMI-FINALIST in New Zealand's Festival of Ancient Futures.  



JULY 2019

Seph's poem "Of Heart, Sea, Salt, and Blood" will be included in Stormy Island Publishing's SEA GLASS HEARTS poetry anthology! Check it out on Amazon! 


THE WATER KING script reached the top 100 hot list of the Capital Fund Screenplay 2019 contest!



April 2019

ROSEHIP: A VERY CURIOUS FAIRY available on Amazon Kindle. Print version coming soon! 


March 2019

TV pilot Esther's Den finished as a Semi-Finalist in WriteMovies Winter Contest. Judging feedback gave the project and writer Seph a 'consider'! 

January 2019

We are excited to announce that award-winning director/producer, George Mendeluk, has come on board THE WATER KING!  With over 45 years in the Film & TV industry with such credits as Miami Vice, The Young Riders, Highlander: The Raven, and Bitter Harvest, we are very lucky to have him! 

We are looking forward to launching the 1st book in The Very Fairy series, ROSEHIP: A VERY CURIOUS FAIRY. Like fairytales? Like quirky fairies with personality? Want to see some amazingly beautifully illustrated books about quirky fairies? 

Short script IN THE STARS reached the Semi-Finals of UK's Sunday Shorts Film and Screenplay Festival!


November 2018

Seph's short play 'Morna' will have its Oregon debut in March 2019 at the Now You're Talking one act festival in Sisters, Oregon! 'Morna' explores what it means to be human in this technologically obsessed world. 

JULY 2018

Seph's YA Adventure/Fantasy script, THE SECRET OF BANRION WOOD, was awarded a TOP 100 (reached #16) screenplay in Capital Fund's 2018 screenplay contest! The script will now be sent out to a list of interested investors!

MAY 2018

DEATH OF A MORTAL WOMAN screenplay placed in the TOP 5 of The Film 'Fempire' Screenwriting contest!

 APRIL 2018

Seph's play, REVENGE AND SORROW IN THEBES, is a Finalist in the Cannes Screenplay Contest (stageplay). This is the 1st contest and 1st award for the play. RVST is inspired by The Bacchae of Euripides.



ESTHER'S DEN took home the PLATINUM AWARD for TV Pilots at International Independent Film Awards Fall Contest! 



THE SECRET OF BANRION WOOD is an official selection for the BLOCKBUSTER category at the 2017 Oaxaca Film Festival!



Seph's latest script BOUDICCA just won Best First Scene Hook for Hollywood Hills Screenplay Contest! 


JUNE 2017

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! 

MAY 2017

Seph is working on a new feature - BOUDICCA - heroine of Roman Britain.

APRIL 2017

THE WATER KING screenplay was a Finalist in Glasgow's TMFF festival, and a Semifinalist in Bucharest ShortCut Cinema screenplay contest.

MARCH 2017

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!



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!






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.


JUNE 2016

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." 


April 2016

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 2015

Screenplay 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!

MARCH 2015

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




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.

Please check out our website for more information about MYTHFEST  ->



MAY 2014:

 Fantastic News!!! Our short film ALL THINGS HIDDEN is finally released!

You can watch the film online via our or

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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!



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.



APRIL 2014:

ALL THINGS HIDDEN screens APRIL 6TH, 2014 AT 730PM at FIRSTGLANCE FESTIVAL in LA at Regal Live Cinemas



MARCH 2014:

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! 



All Things Hidden short film - trailer