Javier Barcala is a writer and director based in Spain and Belgium.
Having already published his first short-story collection at 12, his first big job came shortly after coming out of age, interviewing music artists for music channel MTV. A Bachelor’s in Journalism later, 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 Swedish giant fashion retailer H&M, the so-called “Fashion Against AIDS” collections, which aimed to created social awareness among the youth in 34 countries through clothing and accessories collections, spots and visual campaigns featuring music icons the likes of Rihanna, Katy Perry, Yoko Ono and Pharrell among over 50 other internationally known artists, raising over $150million for the cause.
A Fulbright Fellow by the U.S. Department of State of Cultural Affairs, he graduated with distinction summa cum laude from a MFA in Film Directing at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (California) in 2016, where he was mentored by, among others, directors Tarsem Sighn (DGA), David Kellogg (DGA), 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 screened and awarded in festivals the world over.
From 2016 to 2018, he was invited as visiting teacher of Film Studies at Amsterdam’s Sandberg Institute design 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 Toneel and toured throughout 25 major theaters in The Netherlands and Belgium in 2018, 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 video work with current representation in Spain, Belgium and the US.