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, is currently being finished and entered into several film festivals. Check back here for future festival screening dates!

Regarding the Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards: In 2022, the Colin Higgins Foundation is altering how we will be receiving nominations for these awards. Details on the nomination process will be announced shortly. Rest assured, it too will be honoring Colin as a filmmaker.




More details to be announced in early 2022!



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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