JULIAN HIGGINS is a Los Angeles-based writer and director. Born and raised in New Hampshire, he
caught the filmmaking bug in seventh grade and went on to earn a BFA in Film
from Emerson College and an MFA in Directing from the American
His AFI thesis film, THIEF, won the 2011 Student Academy Award (gold medal), two Student Emmy Awards (Best Director and Best Drama), and twenty-four other
prizes while playing at more than fifty festivals around the world.
On the strength of the film, Emmy-winning producer-director Greg Yaitanes
invited Julian to shadow him during the final season of the acclaimed drama
series HOUSE. That mentorship by Yaitanes led to Julian's television directing
debut – at the age of 26 – with the HOUSE episode entitled "Blowing the
More recently, Julian wrote and directed the 2013 short,
HERE AND NOW, starring Abigail Spencer (Rectify) and Josh Pence (The Social Network), which was selected by Ron
Howard as the winner of Canon’s “Project Imagination” Film Contest.
Julian's latest and most ambitious short is the modern-day revisionist Western WINTER
LIGHT. Based on a story by acclaimed author
James Lee Burke, the film was shot on location in Montana and stars Raymond J. Barry (Justified),
Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men),
Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World),
Josh Pence, and Michael
Bofshever (United 93). WINTER LIGHT won top honors at the Raindance Film Festival and LA Shorts Fest and was a top ten finalist for the Academy Awards.
Julian is currently developing his first feature.