Colin Higgins is an acclaimed screenwriter, director, and producer of films such as Harold and Maude and 9 to 5. He established the Colin Higgins Foundation in 1986 to further his humanitarian goals.


In 2022, we are celebrating all things Colin Higgins. On December 20, 1971, Harold and Maude debuted, so this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the film that launched Colin’s career in Hollywood.

More importantly, this year, a long awaited, feature-length documentary on Colin will be released. Celebrating Laughter: The Life and films of Colin Higgins, by filmmaker and long-time friend of Colin’s, Nicholas Eliopoulos, had a sneak preview at Outfest and is entered into several film festivals. Check back here for future festival screening dates!

The Youth Courage Awards will be a little different this year. For 2022, Colin Higgins Foundation officially partnered with Outfest!

The Colin Higgins Foundation and Outfest officially launched the “Colin Higgins Youth Filmmaker Grant,” a new initiative centered on providing LGBTQIA+ youth filmmakers with financial support to continue their work. In 2022, three filmmakers were selected as “Colin Higgins Youth Filmmaker Grant” recipients and will each received a $15,000 grant to support their professional development in the film industry.

In addition, the winners’ new short film were showcased at Outfest Los Angeles, the largest film festival in LA and the most widely-recognized LGBTQ+ film festival in the world, taking place July 13-22, 2022. Learn more about our winners here.






Since the inception, the Colin Higgins Foundation has handed out $5.8 million in grants to a wide variety of institutions, groups and individuals.


Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards were established in 2000 to further the spirit and lifework of Colin Higgins. All of his films celebrate honesty and integrity in the face of adversity: Harold and Maude find love despite the objections of family and society, the heroes of Nine to Five find fulfillment and save the company by learning to appreciate their individual talents and differences, and the shunned madam of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas transforms the lives of many through her kindness. Like the characters in his films, Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award recipients have endured overwhelming hardships, yet have handled themselves with the utmost grace and dignity.

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