Javier Barcala is a Spanish-born writer and director based in Belgium.
Although he had already published his first fanzine age 8, his professional career took off interviewing renowned music artists for MTV, before he came out of age. After majoring in Journalism he relocated from Spain to Belgium at 21, where he worked as creative director for commercial brands, avant-garde publications, artists and public institutions in projects that bridge contemporary art, music, fashion and commerce.
Most notably he curated five global campaigns for global retailer H&M the iconic “Fashion Against AIDS”, which aimed to created social awareness about HIV/AIDS among the youth in 34 countries, securing world-renowned artists appearance in spots and creative campaigns that raised over $150M for the cause, featuring icons the likes of Rihanna, Katy Perry, Yoko Ono and Pharrell, among over 50 other international 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 at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (California) in 2016, where he was mentored by, amongst others, American directors Tarsem Sighn (DGA), David Kellogg (DGA), Brazilian cinematographer Affonso Beato (ASC) and New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis.
Ever since, Barcala has been awarded a Mary Pickford Endowment Award by the University of Southern California, a Leonardo da Vinci European Excellence Award and a La Caixa Foundation Fellowship, and his videos have been shown in festivals the world over.
From 2016 to 2018, he became a visiting teacher of Film Studies at Amsterdam’s Sandberg Institute MFA program.
Of late, he 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 toured throughout 25 major theaters in The Netherlands and in Belgium, to wide acclaim of public and press.
As of 2019 he’s in development of his debut narrative feature-length film, as well as actively working on new commercial work.