Javier Barcala is a film director and writer based in Los Angeles and Spain. He has directed and created content for H&M, Marriott Hotels, Cointreau, Marc Jacobs, Sony and H.P. France, and shot with pop icons the world over such as Rihanna, Katy Perry and Pharrell among others. His commercial and narrative work ranges from highly stylized fantasies to everyday life stories, often cutting darkness with humor and magic realism.
Prior to his jump into filmmaking, Barcala has worked as photographer and creative director for international publications, designers, artists, commercial brands and public institutions in projects that bridge contemporary art, fashion and commerce.
Graduated with a MFA in Film Directing from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles where he was mentored by the likes of film directors Tarsem Singh and David Kellogg, cinematographer Affonso Beato and legendary photographer Matthew Rolston, he also holds a double MFA in Journalism from University of Antwerp in Belgium and Madrid's Universidad Complutense. He has been awarded with a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship by the U.S. Department of State of Cultural Affairs, a Mary Pickford Endowment Award by the University of Southern California and a Leonardo da Vinci European Excellence Award.