Born in Sydney to Bosnian and Scottish parents, Husein Alicajic attained degrees in Economics, Philosophy and Communications before deciding to follow his undeniable talents as a filmmaker. Winner of the Dendy award for best short film at the Sydney Film Festival and the Inside Film award for best unproduced screenplay, Husein continues to sate his appetite for storytelling by writing and directing across film, television and commercials internationally.
Husein's work has received honors at Cannes, Clio, Ciclope, The New York Festivals, Australian Directors Guild, Spikes, AWARD and PROMAX BDA among others, as well as recognition at VIVID Festival with screenings at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Working with Director Alex Proyas Husein created a pre-trailer for the 20th Century Fox film I, Robot, was Second Unit Director and additional Editor on the Fox 2000 film Aquamarine and was selected to take part in an elite Directing Masterclass with Academy Award winning Director Steven Soderbergh through the Australian Directors Guild. His cross platform series X was selected as one of a handful of projects to take part in the internationally acclaimed Digital Media Think-Tank and Creative Workshop X Media Lab, as well as being selected as one of four finalists at the 2015 Scripted Summit conference in New York. Husein has also collaborated with Arthur C. Clarke award winning writer Jeff Noon on his own IF award winning feature film script Divine Shadows which is currently in development.
Now based in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter, Husein was most recently attached as screenwriter to the official biopic of legendary Country & Western singer Waylon Jennings, and as director on the upcoming feature film Snowbound.
Australian Directors Guild, Best Director TVC nomination 2017
New York Festivals, Finalist 2017
AWARD Silver, 2017
Silver Ciclope Award, MND 2016
Cannes Lions, Film Craft Shortlist 2016
Clio Awards, Film Technique Shortlist 2016
Australian Directors Guild, Best Director TVC 2016 - Highly Commended
Spikes Asia 2016 -- Music Spike Gold, Film Spike Bronze
Kinsale Shark Gold, 2016
Best Direction, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards.
Sydney Film Festival DENDY award for best short film.
Best in Show – Best Television Promo, PROMAX/BDA.
Official Selection International Film Festival Rotterdam.
IF Award winner – best unproduced screenplay.
SPAA talent assist winner.
IF award nominee – Independent Spirit award.