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Javier Badillo is a Venezuelan-Canadian film writer-director whose films explore themes of displacement and belonging, with fish-out-of-water characters, and a firmly embedded sense of irony. Switching from an animation career to live action independent filmmaking in 2008, his short films have screened and won awards at international film festivals, including Edmonton Int'l FF, Toronto Independent Film Festival, Toronto Int'l Black Film Festival, Cannes Int'l FF, Hoboken FF, Charlotte Int'l Black FF, Regina Int'l FF, and Harrogate Int'l Film Festival (UK), where he won an Audience Choice award for his dark comedy Fatal Rhapsody. In 2018, his drama Coco Blue received a nomination for a Leo Award (best performance, Kendra Westwood), won Best Actress and Best Music at the Short Circuit Pacific Rim Int'l Short Film Festival, and was nominated for 8 categories, including Best Canadian Film and Best Director, at the Hollywood North Int'l FF in Toronto, Canada.

In 2019 Javier directed his first feature length film Roads of Ithriyah (with his collaborators Shayan Bayat and Jay Kamal), an adventure drama about a Syrian militant who suffers a concussion and can't remember his allegiances in the war. The film is expected to be released in 2020.

Javier has been involved with the Vancouver Short Film Festival as their Head of Programming since 2012. Previously, Javier moderated the forums of the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) and was the first Vancouver Regional Director for Raindance, an international filmmakers society and film festival.

In 2018 Javier received a nomination from the Vancouver Inspirational Latin Awards (in the Arts and Culture category), and in 2019 he won the prestigious RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award for his contributions to Canadian culture, with a monetary prize he donated to the Venezuelan Refugee cause.

QUOTABLES

Having worked repeatedly with Javier, I have been on set and personally observed his growth as a director since first meeting him in 2013.  Even then, I felt he had great potential as he was highly collaborative when there was time to be so, and very decisive when there wasn’t.  I’ve worked with a great many highly regarded directors, including the great Robert Wise, and the best of them all had this great sense of balance between collaboration and decisiveness.  I watched him manage a great many difficult situations with a clear head and strong sense of leadership.

Jon Povill

Writer, Total Recall, Star Trek, Sliders

Javier is detail orientated, hard working and delivers above and beyond expectations. I recommend him wholeheartedly and he is a pleasure to work with.

Katrin Bowen

Film Director, Bowen Arrow Productions

Javier is a pleasure to work with - a true team player - highly adaptable to any work situation, and very knowledgeable in many aspects of film and event production, as well as post-production.

Grace Chin

Actress, Producer

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Roads of Ithriyah (2019)

80 min, HD, Adventure / Drama

A Middle Eastern militant wakes up concussed after a rocket attack and can't remember which faction he was fighting for.

Written by Javier Badillo and Shayan Bayat.

Coco Blue (2018)

10 min, HD, Drama

A young sex worker struggles with her dreams of becoming a singer.

Written by Kendra Westwood.

Leo Awards nomination for Best Performance (Kendra Westwood), Canada, 2019

Hollywood North Film Awards, Canada, 2019 (Nominations for Best Director, Best Lead Performance, Best Supporting Performance, Best Production Design, Best Costume and Wardrobe, Best Makeup and Hairstying, Best Original Music, Best Canadian Short Film)

Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival, Canada, 2019 (*Winner, Best Performance (Kendra Westwood) and Best Music)

Jecheon International Film and Music Festival, Korea, 2019

9th Charlotte Black Film Festival, USA, 2019

7th Toronto Black Film Festival, Canada, 2019

Black Film Festival of New Orleans, USA, 2018

69th Cannes Int'l Film Festival SFC, France, 2018

Two of Cups (2017)

3 min, HD, Horror / Fantasy

A tarot card reader receives her latest customer, Death. Upon picking the Two of Cups card from the deck, the fortune teller has a realization: solitude is haunting Death's dreams.

Written by Erica Huntley.

RAW Artists Showcase, Vancouver 2017

Afternoon At Gudrun (2013)

7 min, 35mm, Romantic Comedy

Olivia is a shy waitress whose biggest challenge is finding the courage to teach a customer a few dance moves. Starring Linda Kee, Steven Roberts, Dwayne Bryshun and Taegan Vincze.

 

Ozark Shorts Screening Series, USA, 2016

What a Short International Online Film Festival, India, 2016

66th Cannes Int'l Film Festival SFC, 2013

Canadian Film Fest, Tokyo, 2013

Celluloid SC Valentine Fest, Vancouver, 2013

Faith and Conviction (2011)

4 min, HD, Dark Comedy

A British home-grown terrorist wins the opportunity of a lifetime. Starring Shayan Bayat.

 

Ozark Shorts Screening Series, USA, 2016

RAW Artists Showcase, Vancouver, 2015

The Eclectic Circus, Vancouver, 2011

PBS/Channel 13, New York, 2011 *Winner, Best Short Film

Henchin' (2010)

10 min, HD, Comedy

All Bruno wants is some respect from his teenage son, even if that means foiling the plans of his supervillain boss. Starring Ridgeway Wilson, Travis Turner, Shayan Bayat, Jessica Hill, and Joshua Larsson.

MidForms Int'l New Media and Film Festival, Vancouver, 2009

CartoonBrew.com, 2010 *Special Mention

Scars (2009)

5min, HD, Crime Thriller

When a hitman's next target is their own partner, will their friendship save them? Starring Travis Turner and Nicole Moraskawa.

Vancouver Pre-Olympic Film Festival, 2010

Vancouver Celluloid Social Club, Canada, 2009

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Key Art

Coco Blue (2018)

10 min, HD, Drama

A young sex worker struggles with her dreams of becoming a singer.

Written by Kendra Westwood.

Roads of Ithriyah (2019)

80 min, HD, Adventure / Drama

A Middle Eastern militant wakes up concussed after a rocket attack and can't remember which faction he was fighting for.

Written by Javier Badillo and Shayan Bayat.

Fatal Rhapsody (2016)

14 min, HD, Dark Comedy

A pizza delivery guy on his way to his marriage proposal gets hijacked by a thug on the run from his own broken relationship.

Starring Thomas Nicholson, Lochlyn Munro and Steven Roberts, with Starlise Waschuk, Gareth Rees and Agnes Tong.

Written by Gemma Holdway. Produced by Jay Kamal, Javier Badillo, Gemma Holdway, Thomas Nicholson

Okotoks Film Festival, Canada, 2018

National Screen Institute (NSI) Online Short Film Festival, Canada, 2018

Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival, Canada, 2018
Harrogate International Film Festival, UK, 2018 (*Winner, Audience Choice Award)

Edmonton International Film Festival 2017

Punk Noir (2021)

90 min, HD, Crime Thriller

After her ex-boyfriend gets stabbed and killed at a punk rock venue, Erika, a young punker and journalist wannabe, follows the trail to discover a dark real estate plot leading to the higher echelons of the city.
 

Legally Speaking (2016)

8 min, HD, Comedy

Asking your parents for startup money should never be this hard. Especially in a state where growing pot will soon be legal.

Starring Michael Germant, Roman Podhora and Meldrum Tuck.

Rink Rats (2013)

22 min, TV Pilot, Comedy

A workplace comedy on ice.

Starring Allan Yates, Jack de Saram, Isaac Wolf, David C Jones, Kirsten MacKay, Bridgette Wolf, and Cody Young.

Written and Produced by Allan Yates and Jack de Saram.

The Grow Show (2014)

2x5min, webseries, Comedy

Making a living, one clipping at a time.

Starring Eric Banerd, Steven Roberts, Howie Lai, and Jeff Todd

Meridiem (2017)

Action Thriller, HD

A web of crime, deceit, money and magick.

Starring David Lloyd and Emily Haine

Two of Cups (2017)

3 min, HD, Horror / Fantasy

A tarot card reader receives her latest customer, Death. Upon picking the Two of Cups card from the deck, the fortune teller has a realization: solitude is haunting Death's dreams.

Written by Erica Huntley.

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