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Javier Barcala is a Spanish-born screenwriter, playwright, creative consultant and film director based in Madrid, Los Angeles and Belgium.

Although he wrote his first fanzine before he could ride a bike, his writing career started as a journalist major and junior writer, interviewing renowned music artists for international magazines and for music channel MTV. Moving to Belgium while still in college his career soon veered off to work as creative consultant for commercial brands, international avant-garde publications, artists and public institutions in projects that bridge contemporary art, fashion and commerce. Most notably he curated five consecutive global campaigns for giant retailer H&M’s (Hennez & Mauritz) famous “Fashion Against AIDS” which created social awareness about HIV/AIDS among the youth in 34 countries and raised over $100M for the cause in collaboration with icons the likes of Rihanna, Katy Perry, Yoko Ono and Pharrell, among many other artists.

A Fulbright Fellow by the U.S. Department of State of Cultural Affairs he graduated summa cum laude in Film Directing from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (California) in 2016, where he was mentored by film directors Tarsem Sighn and David Kellogg, and cinematographer Affonso Beato.

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 renowned Dutch theatre company Noord Nederlands Tonnel and toured throughout 25 major theatres in The Netherlands and in Belgium throughout 2018, receiving smashing reviews in national press.

From 2016 to 2018 he has been a visiting teacher for master students at Amsterdam’s Sandberg Institute of Film Studies.

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.

Since 2018 he is represented as a commercial director in Spain by Garlic (Garlic.tv).

He’s currently in development of a new theatre play, an opera and his debut narrative feature-length film.

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Javier Barcala es un realizador, escritor, dramaturgo y director creativo de origen español afincado en Madrid, Los Angeles y Bélgica.

Aunque escribió su primer fanzine antes de saber montar en bici, comenzó su carrera profesional como editor junior realizando entrevistas a artistas musicales conocidos internacionalmente para revistas musicales y para el canal de música MTV. Mudándose a Bélgica donde termina la carrera de Periodismo, comenzó a trabajar como consultor creativo para marcas, publicaciones, artistas e instituciones públicas y privadas en projectos que combinan el arte, la moda y el comercio. De forma llamativa, llevó la dirección creativa de 5 campañas consecutivas para el gigante de moda H&M y su famosa campaña “Fashion Against AIDS” (Moda contra el SIDA) que tuvo el objetivo de crear concienciación social entre los jóvenes de 34 países, y recaudó más de 100 millones de euros para la causa, en colaboración con artistas como Rihanna, Katy Perry, Pharrell o Yoko Ono, entre muchos otros.

Recipiente de la prestigiosa beca Fulbright, se graduó en Dirección de Cine con distinción summa cum laude en el Art Center College of Design de Pasadena (California) en 2016, período en el que además tuvo la oportunidad de asistir a los directores Tarsem Sighn y David Kellogg, y seguir las clases magistrales del cinematógrafo Affonso Beato.

En 2018, Barcala ha llevado a los escenarios la obra de teatro “Dorian”, una adaptación libre y moderna de “El retrato de Dorian Gray” de Oscar Wilde, que ha recorrido más de 25 ciudades en Holanda y Bélgica producida por la conocida compañía de teatro holandesa Noord Nederlands Tonnel, con excelentes críticas en la prensa nacional.

De 2016 a 2018, ha sido profesor adjunto para alumnos de master en el Sandberg Institute de Amsterdam en materia de estudios de cine.

Premiado con un Mary Pickford Endowment Award por la University of Southern California y el Leonardo Da Vinci European Excellence Award, sus vídeos se han programado en festivales por todo el mundo.

Desde 2018, está representado como realizador de publicidad en España por Garlic (Garlic.tv).

Actualmente se encuentra en desarrollo de una nueva adaptación de teatro, una ópera y su primer largometraje de ficción.