Alex Haney is a writer and director drawn to genre-bending stories about misfits, rebels, and adventurers. His short film, “Iconoclast,” a psychological drama about a queer, mixed-race teen coming to terms with his identity, received 6 awards including a Wonderland Award from the Lewis Carroll Society of North America and screened at 36 festivals including Outfest Los Angeles, the Oscar-qualifying Calgary International Film Festival, the Diversity in Cannes Showcase, and the BAFTA-recognized Aesthetica Short Film Festival. “Break,” Alex’s short drama exploring a student’s internal world as she experiences an anxiety attack, screened at the Creative Minds in Berlin Showcase as well as at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth. His short film, “Charity,” which chronicles the fallout from a high school cyberbullying incident, received 10 awards at 16 festivals including Best Family Film at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.

Alex is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Film and TV Production. Raised in a multicultural family, he is passionate about stories and characters through which we find commonality in spite of our differences. Alex has completed a three-part YA fantasy adventure manuscript about a child who embarks across his world to defeat an alien magic and discover the secrets of his past, and a psychological science-fiction feature screenplay set in the late ‘90s about an outsider who joins a cult which believes in a long-lost higher dimension. In his current projects, he continues to explore new worlds, distinctive characters, and unexpected journeys.

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selected projects

Iconoclast

Magical realism LGBT drama, 2017
Directed & Written by Alex Haney
USC School of Cinematic Arts

A mixed-race African-American, Jewish, and gay teenager struggles to find himself as living visions of his internal battle threaten to tear his world apart.

Selected honors:

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Diversity in Cannes Showcase 2017

BEST STUDENT FILM

FROSTBITE International Indie Fest October 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Oscar-qualifying Calgary International Film Festival 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

BAFTA-recognized Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017

The Night Bell

Psychological thriller/horror, 2018
Directed by Alex Haney – coming soon
USC School of Cinematic Arts

After boldly leaving her abusive husband in 1945, a determined young nurse secures a job in a hospital morgue. However, she soon realizes that her escape might have led her into an even worse situation.

Selected honors:

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Action Latinx Life Showcase 2018

OFFICIAL SELECTION

NFFTY National Film Festival for Talented Youth 2018

COURT MÉTRAGE

Cannes Short Film Corner Market 2018

Break

Mental health / anxiety PSA, 2017
Directed & Co-Written by Alex Haney

What would it feel like to look inside the mind of someone having an anxiety attack? Overwhelmed by calls from work, endless homework, and a nagging friend, a college student struggling with anxiety does everything to hold it together as her world falls apart.

Selected honors:

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Creative Minds in Berlin Showcase 2017

BEST DIRECTOR

Alternative Film Festival Winter Edition 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Carmel International Film Festival 2017

Charity

Short anti-bullying drama, 2017
Directed & Written by Alex Haney

A teenager struggles to find courage when a death threat sends shockwaves through her family and school. 

Selected honors:

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Irvine Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Sedona International Film Festival

AWARD OF MERIT: FILM SHORT

Accolade Global Film Competition November 2017

Bookstore

Short mockumentary comedy, 2012
Directed & Written by Alex Haney

Tara, a teenager who dreams of a successful future in business, must manage the school Bookstore for one day, dealing with her preoccupied employees and the craziness that gets in the way of her ambitions.

Selected honors:

JUDGES’ FAVORITE

International Student Media Festival 2012

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

Calabasas Art & Film Exhibition 2012

BEST NATIONAL NARRATIVE FILM – U.S.

Mosaic Student Film Festival 2012

BEST HIGH SCHOOL COMEDY

International Student Film Festival Hollywood 2012

MOST PROMISING YOUG STUDENT FILMMAKER AWARD

Action/Cut Short Film Competition 2013