Born in Guatemala, he studied publicity and communications at San Carlos de Guatemala University. His early career began in Advertising, working for Ogilvy & Matter as director for several TV commercials.
He then moved to Paris to continue studying cinema at the CLCF(Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français), where he became a director. He continued studying screenplay writing in Rome, at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. His shortfilms have been awarded in several festivals. His last one, “When I Grow Up”, was released at the Clermont Ferrand Festival, where it won the Quality Award by the CNC (Centre National du Cinema). It was aired on France 3TV, on Swedish and on Nederland TV. His screenplay “El Escuadrón de la Muerte” was selected in San Sebastian Film Festival, Guadalajara, Cartagena, Biarritz, Amiens Film Festivals and NALIP, at Los Angeles. He conducted stop motion animation workshops at La Sorbone University in Paris, while preparing his first feature film Ixcanul.
Ixcanul was released worldwide at the 65th Berlinale, where it was awarded the Alfred Bauer Silver Bear. In Latin America it was released at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, receiving the Best Film and Best Director awards. It won Best Film at the Cartagena International Festival and the Press and Public Award at Tolouse International Festival. From then on, it has been awarded over 50 international prizes. In 2015, it was selected to represent Guatemala at the Oscars competition. It has been released three seasons in Guatemalan cinemas, and has been released in various countries in Europe, Asia, North America, and Central America. Nowdays, Jayro Bustamante is working on his next feature films: Tremors and Barrondo’s Tenis Shoes.
- Ixcanul. Feature Film, Fiction, 90”, color.
- Cuando sea grande. Short Film, Fiction, 14’, 16mm, color.
- Au Détour des murs: les visages d’une cité. HLM 93
Documentary, 56’, HD, color.
- Usted. Shortfilm Fiction, 15’, HD, color.
- Tout est Question de Fringes. Shortfilm Fiction, 15’, Stop Motion Animation, color.
- Yo-yo. Shortfilm Fiction, 12’, 16 mm, color.
- Various advertising spots, and Institutional films.
- Various Fashion clips, www.lemakingof.fr