Persephone Vandegrift

Award winning writer for film, TV, stage, and literary outlets


 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.

 MARCH 2018

It's been a busy couple months for Seph. She is currently working on a feature script to be shot in Oregon this summer while working on getting The Water King to its feet! More news to come! 



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! 

JULY 2017

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 short film, FuN? currently on the festival circuit.

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



The Vanquished (series)

Seph has been asked to help develop the pilot for this fantastic historical miniseries!

Please take a look at their website

and join them on Facebook  The Vanquished on FB


Recommendations: Writing, Script Consulting


"I recently worked with Persephone Vandegrift on my script for my short film “SHIFT PARADIGM”. It was my first script that I had ever written.

I was very impressed with her guidance and instruction. She taught me how to perceive my story in a way that expresses feelings and thoughts without using words. The thing that stood out to me is she never gave me ideas just examples of how to build the story and my script. She also helped me to draw more descriptive ways to show the characters back-story and build layers to the climax of the story.

Persephone made my writing experience a true pleasure. My film was officially selected to be screened at Holly Shorts Film Festival and the screening in my home town was sold out! I couldn’t have created such an emotionally gripping film without her help." 

Greg Marks - actor, writer, executive producer


“When my business partners and I were looking for a talented writer to help us draft a screenplay, we went through countless portfolios. But as I read Persephone Vandegrift’s extensive work, I could sense the passion with which every word had been chosen. Coming from someone with his own background in writing, this instantly made Persephone’s work stand out from the crowd.

As time progressed, I had time to directly collaborate with her on many issues relating to our plot structure. Persephone’s enthusiasm to tackle a new subject was immediately recognized by our production team. Having a self-professed history enthusiast join our ranks further reassured us that we had made the right decision. She holds herself to a very high standard, not only meeting our expectations, but frequently exceeding them. Persephone’s recent fundraising for her own film, “All Things Hidden,” serves to reaffirm her professionalism and drive to be an integral part of the entire filmmaking process.

I know that she will accomplish great things in the near future, and I shall look on with anticipation as her career develops.”

Adam Bednar, Junior Partner & Assistant Producer, 5th Kompanie Productions, LLC


“Persephone writes moving, truthful and engaging scripts that translate extremely well to screen. Her scripts are well-written and authentic and balance engaging, often painful, drama with astute character observation. I am looking forward to seeing more of her work.”

Vanessa Bailey, Actress, Simon & How Associates


Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, On Time

“As a producer and director working with Persephone is more than ideal. She is a writer in every sense of the word. I can give her an idea or concept and the product she can turnaround in minimal time is amazing. The future holds great things for this woman. You can bet I will be saying, "I knew her when..."

Ben Andrews, Independent Producer/Director


"Persephone has a gift with words. She is one of those great writers that comes along and will continue to write many more brilliant works. She has a way of grabbing you from the beginning right into the story and has the talent to keep you engaged all the way to the end. I have been lucky enough to have been able to read her fantastic work. She truly is a great storyteller. "

Cathy Beasley, writer/director of "The Scapegoat" - KitCatFilms