JULIAN HIGGINS is Los Angeles-based writer and director. Born and raised in New Hampshire, Julian 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 world-famous American Film Institute.
His AFI thesis film, THIEF – inspired by a little-known incident in the early life of Saddam Hussein – won the Narrative Gold Medal at the 2011 Student Academy Awards, as well as Best Drama and Best Director honors at the 2011 Student Emmy Awards. THIEF also won the AFI's Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award, the Grand Prize Vision Award at the Heartland Film Festival, the Angelus Film Festival’s Triumph of the Spirit Award, and twenty other prizes. The film played in over fifty festivals worldwide.
On the strength of the film, Emmy-winning producer-director Greg Yaitanes invited Julian to shadow him during the final season of the acclaimed television drama HOUSE. That mentorship by Yaitanes led to Julian's television directing debut - at the age of 26 - with the HOUSE episode entitled "Blowing the Whistle."
Julian is repped by ICM Partners and is a proud member of the Directors Guild of America. In addition to pursuing further TV directing, he is currently developing both short and feature film projects. His latest short, HERE AND NOW, starring Abigail Spencer and Josh Pence, was recently selected by Ron Howard as the winner of Canon's Project Imagination Film Contest, and will hit festivals later this year.