AMANDA ATTENDS THE REYKJAVIK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TRANSATLANTIC TALENT LABORATORY
Reykjavik Talent Lab is for talents who want to meet up with other like-minded individuals in Reykjavik and make first-hand contact with film producers and other professionals during the festival. Participants in the Reykjavik Talent Lab come from various backgrounds but every year around 40 individuals are accepted to participate in the program.
THE ROOMMATE & PARTY FAVOR SCREENPLAY OFFICIAL SELECTION IN THE BROAD HUMOR FILM FESTIVAL IN LA
The Roommate (written by Megan Russell, directed by Cole Hewlett) and Party Favor (also written by Russell, and recently selected for the Whistler Film Festival Feature Project Lab) were both selected for the Broad Humor Film Festival in LA this September and are award finalists.
MINDY AND THE SNACK SHACK & PEARLY NIGHTS SELECTED FOR THE NSI ONLINE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Mindy and the Snack Shack (written by Cody Peterson, directed by Jesse Lupini) and Pearly Nights (written and directed by Amy McLeish, staring and produced by Amelia Morris) both selected for the NSI Online Short Film Festival
AMANDA SELECTED FOR BANFF WORLD MEDIA FESTIVAL DIVERSITY OF VOICES FELLOWSHIP
Amanda has been selected as one of the recipients of the Diversity of Voices Initiative Fellowship for the Banff World Media Festival for Television.
Sponsored by the Canada Media Fund – Fonds des médias du Canada (CMF/FMC), the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), and Canada's Indigenous Screen Office, this initative brings bespoke training and networking opportunities for Francophone, Indigenous and women producers.
THE RAREST DRUG ON EARTH:
CANCER FIGHTING DOCUMENTARY GREENLIT BY TELUS STORYHIVE
The Rarest Drug On Earth, a short documentary has been financed and greenlit by Telus Storyhive including release on Telus Optik TV later this year. Verhagen Entertainment is partnering with Avocado Video and TRIUMF Particle Accelerator Centre on the project.
THE ROOMMATE SELECTED FOR
THE SHART INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL
The Roommate, directed by Cole Hewlett has been selected to screen at The Shart International Comedy Film Festival in Winnipeg on March 24th. Known as Canada's 'Greatest, Longest Running and Most Majestic Comedy Film Festival (Most Probably)', the Shart FF is a fantastic venue for the shorts world premiere.
THE DEVOUT NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, SHAW ON DEMAND, TELUS OPTIK TV AND MORE
Following the Canadian Screen Award nomination, The Devout has been released on a multitude of platforms in Canada, including but not limited to: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Shaw on Demand and Telus Optik TV.
As well, in the United States the film is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, DirectTV, Vudu, Vubiquity and more.
AMANDA JOINS JOHN WARD ON 49 DEGREES NORTH WRITERS PODCAST
Amanda got a chance to sit down with Ink Drinks Vancouver host and screenwriter John Ward to discuss indie film in Canada, The Devout's journey, and the real reason she's a producer (here's a hint, it has something to dow with recycling). Episode 17 now available on iTunes and here.
THE DEVOUT NOMINATED FOR THE JOHN DUNNING DISCOVERY AWARD AT THE 2018 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS
The Devout has been nominated for the John Dunning Discovery Award by the Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television. The awards ceremony will take place on March 11 2018 in Toronto, Ontario with the filmmakers in attendance.
AMANDA ACCIDENTALLY CRASHES EPISODE 38 OF HAMSTER WHEEL FILMS PODCAST WITH ACTOR - PRODUCER AMELIA MORRIS
Amelia Morris joins HWP to chat about the web-series pilot she produced, LUCHADOR, soon to be released on Telus Optik TV and the internet! Then we discuss her role as Mindy Harlow in Cinelation and Hamster Wheel's SOCKET, available to watch on NSI Online Short Film Festival January 22. Plus, Amelia is on the producer team for SHUTTLECOCK, recently selected by Crazy 8's to shoot in February.
As a bonus, Amanda jumps on the microphone to discuss the short that both Amanda and Amelia produced, Pearly Night which recently completed post-production as well as her role as a Producer, the importance of good credits and her love of dogs. Episode available here.
AMANDA VERHAGEN INCLUDED AMONG EXPERIENCED PRODUCERS AT THE WOMEN IN FILM PRODUCER'S PANEL SERIES
Through a series of panel discussions with experienced producers, each overlapping phase of production from development to distribution will be covered through the examination of case studies, discussion and breakout sessions.
The panel series will take place over two days. Day one will focus on the production company, the script and development and financing and day two will focus on production, post-production, distribution and marketing. Each panel discussion will be moderated by emerging producer Rachelle Chartrand and will include at least two producers and a lawyer.
The series is presented by Women in Film to launch the newest edition of the Producers Workbook. More information available here.
COMEDY DUO DOMINATES WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE PROJECT LAB WITH FEMALE CENTRED COMEDY 'PARTY FAVOUR'
Amanda returned to the Whistler Village in December to attend the Whistler Film Festival and complete phase two of the 2017 Whistler Film Festival Feature Project Lab for Producers with screenwriter Megan Russell. Together they met with mentors Tim Brown, Joker Films and Peter Wetherell, Magus Entertainment whom were instrumental in project development over the six month program.
The program included pitch meetings and expert sessions with participants such as Amanda Archibald, VP of International Marketing, IM Global; Christina Rogers, Acquisitions Director, Netflix; Kim Fox, partner at MadRiver Pictures and Bill Bromiley, President, Saban Films.
'THE DEVOUT' WINS GRAND JURY PRIZE AT FILM FESTIVAL IN DIEPPE FRANCE
THE DEVOUT takes home 3 awards, including the Grand Jury prize (The Golden Pebble) all the way from France during the Dieppe Canadian Film Festival. The film was also awarded the 'Camille Saint-Saens' Award for Best Film Music and a special Children's Award for actress Olivia Martin.
Amanda was thrilled to attend the festival on behalf of the filmmakers to accept the award, introduce the screenings, provide Q&As and also be a special guest on a panel on the topic of the influence of Canadian cinema on the world. More information can be found here.
AMANDA VERHAGEN SELECTED TO ATTEND THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE PROJECT LAB WITH 'PARTY FAVOUR'
Homage to the 90s party movie PARTY FAVOUR, written by Megan Russell (The Actress Diaries) currently in development with Verhagen Entertainment was chosen as one of six projects for the 2017 Whistler Film Festival Feature Project Lab for Producers.
Amanda attended the first phase of the lab in June, among the participants were Ian Goggins, SVP content, eONE; Michael Dougherty, acquisitions and distribution executive, Radiant Films International; and Gil Adler of L.A.’s Gil Adler Productions. The lab will continue in December at the festival where the project will be pitched to a new group of participants after ongoing meetings with mentors.
PRODUCTION COMPLETE ON MOCKUMENTARY 'THE ROOMMATE' DIRECTED BY COLE HEWLETT
Amanda has teamed up with writer Megan Russell yet again for the Mockumentary short, The Roommate.
After an exhaustive Craigslist search, wanna-be-Instagram-famous Opal moves in with her odd but friendly roommate Cassandra, whom she soon discovers may be a serial killer, but hey, it's hard to find cheap rent these days.
The short is directed by Cole Hewlett, known mostly for playing the cat in the NSI Bite Comedy Award winning short, Cat VS Man and basically being the nicest human on the planet. Ask anyone.
The role of Opal is played by comedy actress Lisa Hughes (The Actress Diaries) and Cassandra by Maddie Phillips (Ghost Wars, Project Mc2).
THE DEVOUT - PERSPECTIVE CANADA: CANNES
THE DEVOUT has been selected by Telefilm Canada for PERSPECTIVE CANADA at CANNES that will take place during the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, which runs parallel to the Cannes Festival. THE DEVOUT was selected as 1 of only 10 films from across the country & each film that is selected will have one market screening at the Marche du film in one of their screening rooms to show prospective buyers from around the globe. Our film’s market screening will take place on May 21st.
THE DEVOUT is written & directed by Connor Gaston and produced by Amanda Verhagen and executive produced by Daniel Hogg. The film stars Ali Liebert and Charlie Carrick.. The Devout was made possible by the generous support of Telefilm Canada, Canada Council of the Arts and Cinevic. Big shout out to our International sales agent, Marina Cordoni for taking on our film & pushing it forward!
PRODUCTION COMPLETE ON 'PEARLY NIGHTS' WITH DIRECTOR AMY MCLEISH & CINEMATOGRAPHER JESSE LUPINI
VERHAGEN ENTERTAINMENT presents 'Pearly Nights', the brain child of first time director/producer Amy McLeish, lead actress/producer Amelia Morris and producer Amanda Verhagen.
The short stars Amelia and well-known commercial actor Brendan Taylor as 'Brian', a lonely dentist who fabricates a relationship with one of his patients in his head.
Post production is well-under way with release dates soon to be announced.
ATALANTA SELECTED FOR TELEFILM CANADA'S
NOT SHORT ON TALENT PROGRAM: CANNES 2017
We are so pleased to announce that ATALANTA has been selected to be part of the 7th edition of Canada: Not Short on Talent at the Marche Du Film, during The Cannes Film Festival!
Telefilm Canada’s initiative is designed to increase the international exploitation of new short films and to promote Canadian talents to accredited professionals at the Marché du film (“Cannes Market”). 24 shorts were selected from across Canada. This line-up will represent the diversity of Canadian talent and stories, with directors from all across the country. Films in the program will screen in one of the theatres (Palais F) of the Palais des Festivals where the market is held, in a 111 minute program of Canadian shorts . Booked by Telefilm Canada, the screening will be held May 22 at 1130am.
The film will also be available as part of the 'Short Film Corner' at the Marche.
Congratulations to our director Erik Horn and amazing cast Angela Palmer and Claire Cohen!
WINS 7 LEO AWARDS INCLUDING BEST PICTURE
The film walked away with seven of the top awards during the event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, including Best Motion Picture, Best Screenwriting (for writer and director Connor Gaston), Best Lead Performance by a Female (Ali Liebert) and by a Male (Charlie Carrick), while little Olivia Martin, who was four years old when the movie was shot, was awarded the Best Supporting Performance by a Female.
AMANDA VERHAGEN GUEST BLOGS FOR SCREAM QUEEN B
"I met Amanda Verhagen on the balcony of the palais des festival during the Producer's Workshop at Cannes. She was everything I love: ambitious, dark humoured, and Canadian. She rocked the Cannes Film Festival like she owned it and her credentials, impressive. " - Lindsey McNeill
Blog post available Here!
THE DEVOUT WORLD PREMIERE AT BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
A young Victoria-based filmmaker’s feature debut will have its world première at the Busan International Festival in South Korea.
Produced by Amanda Verhagen, Connor Gaston’s homegrown crisis-of-faith drama The Devout was selected as one of 10 films to compete for the Busan Bank Award, top international prize at the “the Cannes of Asia,” as the festival, which takes place Oct. 1-10, is nicknamed.