José Val Bal was born in El Puerto de Santa María (Spain) in 1983. He graduated in English Philology from the University of Granada, where he focused in English Literature (specially Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett). In 2004, José traveled to Canada as exchange student, where he had the chance to work with advanced audiovisual equipment, and where he was introduced to editing. In 2007 José is awarded with a scholarship by Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA) that allowed him to study Cinematography in their film department during a whole academic year. In 2008, he travels around Morocco where he has the chance to photograph the women and kids of the Rif Mountains, Aasilah and Tangier. At the end of that year, he presented a photographic exhibition in Granada (Spain) that would fundraise the necessary money for his first documentary that would be shot 7 months later. In 2009, he travels to Kolkata (India) in order to shoot “The Black Hole”, a short documentary about the labor of 5 European volunteers in a corrupted local NGO. During this trip, José also focused on photographing the kids and women of rural and poor areas of West Bengal and Kolkata. One year later, one of his pictures was selected of among other 4000 for a commemorative calendar of Lonely Planet Spain. In June 2010, José releases The Black Hole, and is awarded the Talentia Fellowship for academic and professional merit, that allows him to study his Masters in Fine Arts in Filmmaking at New York Film Academy in New York from September of the same year. In July 2011, with the collaboration of the New York Film Academy and Kodak, he directs ‘Bye Bye, Love’, a short film that tells the story of a young man who suffers of sleeping disorder and whose girlfriend left without apparent reason.
José currently lives in Studio City (California), where he attends his second year of the MFA in Filmmaking at Universal Studios. Up to the date, he also finished shooting ‘Bitcho’, a short film that compares how western countries take profit of eastern ones. He is now on preproduction for Chalks, to be shot next June 2012,