Javier Barcala is a writer, playwright and film director based in Spain, Belgium and Los Angeles.
Although he had already published his first fanzine before he could ride a bike, he started his career in Spain as a junior writer interviewing renowned music artists for international magazines and for music channel MTV. Moving to Belgium where he majored as Journalist, he worked as creative director for commercial brands, international avant-garde publications, artists and public institutions in projects that bridged contemporary art, music, fashion and commerce.
Most notably he curated five consecutive global campaigns for giant fashion retailer H&M (Hennez & Mauritz) the iconic “Fashion Against AIDS”, which aimed to created social awareness about HIV/AIDS among the youth in 34 countries, with spots and creative campaigns and raised over $150M for the cause in collaboration with icons the likes of Rihanna, Katy Perry, Yoko Ono and Pharrell, among over 50 other artists.
A Fulbright Fellow by the U.S. Department of State of Cultural Affairs he graduated with honors from a Master in Fine Arts in Film from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (California) in 2016, where he was mentored by American film directors Tarsem Sighn and David Kellogg (DGA), and cinematographer Affonso Beato (ASC).
From 2016 to 2018, he became a visiting teacher of Film Studies to master students at Amsterdam’s Sandberg Institute.
Of late, Barcala has brought to the stage the play “Dorian” a modern-day loose adaptation of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, which was produced by national Dutch theatre company Noord Nederlands Tonnel, and which toured throughout 25 major theaters in The Netherlands and in Belgium in 2018, receiving wide acclaim of public and press.
Among others, he has been awarded a Mary Pickford Endowment Award by the University of Southern California, a Leonardo da Vinci European Excellence Award, and his videos have been shown in festivals the world over.
As of 2019 he’s in development of his debut narrative feature-length film, his sophomore theater play and his first opera libretto, as well as actively working on new commercial work.