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.