Halfdan (hallf' dun) Hussey is the Co-Founder and CEO of Creatics Enterprises, Maverick Studio, and Cinequest. Set in the Silicon Valley, Cinequest fuses innovation with the filmed arts to empower great creations and to engage audiences, youth, artists, and innovators with these creations and with each other. Creatics is an exciting new global platform for experiencing creative work, engaging with the artists and fans of that work, and belonging to an inspiring community. Maverick Studio brings the elements of successful studios into the future with groundbreaking audience platforms and leading-edge technologies—along with a commitment to inspire, inform, and elevate the human spirit.
"Strength comes from the people involved and how great their passion and skills are. The leaders of Cinequest (and now Creatics) have both of those." - Steve Wozniak (Co-Founder, Apple Inc)
In addition to his entrepreneurial work, he is also a renowned writer and film producer. His passion for creating positive and transformative impact in our world is ever-present in his work. Named one of the 25 people who most dramatically changed the Silicon Valley over the past 25 years, Halfdan is a recognized leader in art and technology. Having produced five films, written two books, and successfully built companies, Halfdan lives his love for the worlds of leadership, creativity, and youth empowerment.
A math wiz, Halfdan shocked his disadvantaged family by entering the creative world. At twenty-two, after earning Summa Cum Laude in Lit., Halfdan wrote his first screenplay while driving a cab in New York City. Halfdan then directed and co-produced a truly independent feature, He's Still There, that opened to rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival. The film was a hit at the Critic's section of the festival. Soon thereafter, he directed Still Waters Burn.
"I really like Still Waters Burn. Its young director shows brilliant promise and talent." - Robert Wise (Four time Academy Award Winner; legendary director of The Day The Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, Sound of Music)
"Ultimately, He's Still There is a sincerely great movie full of feeling and aspirations. Halfdan Hussey demonstrates not only an idea but also a remarkable ability to translate an idea to film. Halfdan Hussey is not only a 'goodfella' but a young bravo regazzo. Above all he is a bravo regista (great director)." - Francesco Carrara, Venice Film Festival (Il Piccolo)
Halfdan then co-founded and developed Cinequest in the Silicon Valley to empower creativity and innovation. Cinequest was recently named Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers and has been hailed as the place where you will "find the future of film" by The Ultimate Guide to Film Festivals. Cinequest’s renowned Picture The Possibilities youth programs inspires global youth to picture their vision for their life and create it.
Next was the founding and building of an internet platform, Creatics, to forge new and scalable opportunities for youth, artists, and innovators to create better and engage their creations or stories with a global community that deeply cares and also benefits from these creations.
His first novel, To The Dogs, and his motivational book, 7 Powers of Creating, showcase his passion for the written word and storytelling.
Halfdan gives his leadership, creativity, and entrepreneurial capacities to inspire people and to empower creative work and narrative that benefits the world.