Javier Badillo is a Venezuelan-Canadian film director, writer and producer. With early careers as a musician and a 2D animator, he switched to independent filmmaking full time in 2008. Since then, his short films have screened internationally, earning accolades for their balance of urban realism, exploring themes of displacement and belonging, with a heightened, magical-realist narrative style.
Under his company Spitshine Flicks, Javier's short films have screened and won awards at international film festivals, including Edmonton International Film Festival, Regina International Film Festival, Toronto Independent Film Festival, Toronto International Black Film Festival, Cannes Short Film Corner, Charlotte International Black Film Festival, and Harrogate International Film Festival (UK), where he won an Audience Choice award for his dark comedy Fatal Rhapsody.
In July 2021, Javier finished post-production of his first feature length film, ROADS OF ITHRIYAH, with his collaborators Shayan Bayat and Jay Kamal. The film is an adventure drama about a Syrian combatant who suffers a concussion and forgets what side he was fighting for, and the real reason he joined the conflict.
In 2018, his drama COCO BLUE received a nomination for a Leo Award (best performance, Kendra Westwood). It also won Best Actress and Best Music at the Short Circuit / Pacific Rim International Film Festival, and was nominated for 8 categories, including Best Canadian Film and Best Director, at the Hollywood North International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.
Javier volunteered as the Director of Programming for the Vancouver Short Film Festival from 2012 to 2020. Previously, he moderated the public forums of the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF) and started Vancouver's 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. He currently serves as the president of the non-profit Venezuelan Canadian Society of BC (VCSBC).