Friday, March 1, 2024

Colin Higgins Foundation offers grant to young LGBTQ filmmakers

Outfest has announced its partnership with the Colin Higgins Foundation to support LGBTQIA+ youth filmmakers with $15,000 in grants.

Outfest has partnered with the Colin Higgins Foundation to launch the Colin Higgins Youth Filmmaker Grant, a new initiative centered on providing LGBTQIA+ youth filmmakers with financial support to continue their work. Eligible applicants must be LGBTQIA+ filmmakers under the age of 25 who currently reside in the U.S.

Director Colin Higgins with Jane Fonda on the set of 9 to 5.

For 2022, three filmmakers will be selected as “Colin Higgins Youth Filmmaker Grant” recipients and will each receive a $15,000 grant to support their professional development in the film industry. In addition, the winners’ new short film will be 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.

The grant is named after the late Colin Higgins, the acclaimed screenwriter and director responsible for such classic films as Harold and Maude9 to 5, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. After being diagnosed with HIV in 1985, he founded the Colin Higgins Foundation as a means of supporting LQBTQ youth in underserved communities. Over the last 24 years, the Foundation has awarded over 660 grants, totaling nearly $6 million, through its Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards and other initiatives.

“We are so happy to be working with The Colin Higgins Foundation to create this important opportunity for young filmmakers,” said Outfest Artistic Director Faridah Gbadamosi. “Outfest is committed to building up the next generation of queer storytellers.”

Colin Higgins (R) with Ruth Gordon (C) on the set of Harold and Maude

“Our stories matter — now more than ever,” said James Rogers, board president of the Colin Higgins Foundation. “At a time when the mere mention of sexual orientation or gender identity is being outlawed in schools in Florida and with lawmakers in 14 other states rushing to pass the same restrictive and abusive legislation, we have a responsibility to amplify the voices of queer youth.  I know Colin would be proud of this new generation of filmmakers and their commitment to sharing their stories with courage, candor, and integrity.”

About Outfest Los Angeles

Outfest Los Angeles is the largest film festival in LA and the most widely recognized LGBTQ+ film festival in the world. Each summer, Outfest LA brings together thousands of filmmakers and film lovers alike for world-class film screenings (in-person and virtual), workshops, panels, award-winning programming, awards, parties, and more. Outfest LA not only creates visibility for the LGBTQ+ community but also supports emerging queer artists and storytellers and continues through their careers.

About Colin Higgins Foundation

The Colin Higgins Foundation is dedicated to supporting LQBTQ youth in underserved communities and the programs and organizations that foster and build their leadership and empowerment.  Since 1988, the Foundation has awarded over 660 grants. In addition to recognizing the exemplary achievements of individual youth through the Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards, the Foundation has also supported the work of numerous organizations such as The Trevor Project, the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force, the Japanese-American Citizens League, the Audre Lorde Project, FAMILIA: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, and more. For more information on the Colin Higgins Foundation, visit

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