Born in Barcelona in 1975, J.A Bayona’s passion for cinema began early, encouraged by his father, an artist who painted the big promotional posters on the facades of the city’s movie theaters. He studied Cinema at the Catalan film school ESCAC (Escola de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya). His film career started directing commercials and music videos, as well as two internationally acclaimed and awarded short films, Mis Vacaciones (My Holidays, 1999) and El Hombre Esponja (The Sponge-Man, 2002).
The Orphanage, his feature directorial debut, was written by Sergio G. Sánchez and executive-produced by Guillermo del Toro. It also marked the beginning of his creative alliance with producer Belén Atienza. The critically acclaimed movie premiered at the 2007 Cannes’ Critics’ Week and received a ten-minute standing ov