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Michel Balagué

Michel Balagué




Decision Maker 2018
Decision Maker 2015
Decision Maker 2014


Michel Balagué is based in Berlin since 2005. He produced or co-produced films by directors such as Hanna Slak, Tamer El Said, Filipa César, Leila Albayaty, Mais Darwazah, and Marcin Malaszczak. Between 2010 and 2015 he was co-director of Mengamuk Films. Currently he is running his newly founded production company, Volte Slagen, producing and co-producing a wide range of feature films and documentary.

Furthermore, Michel has produced art films by Bárbara Wagner/Benjamin de Búrca, Cyprien Gaillard, Terence Koh, Tarek Atoui and many others. Besides these individual collaborations, he was commissioned to make films for international institutions including Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Kunst-Werke in Berlin, Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona, The Yokohoma Triennial, and the Cimatheque in Cairo. He also produced films by and with the art curators Hila Peleg and Catherine David.

Michel was selected for the 2014 Emerging Producers Program in Jihlava. He participated in the Studio program of the New Horizons Festival in Wrocław and in the Berlinale Talents 2014 program. He was invited to join different co-production platforms such as FID-LAB (Marseille), Open Doors Locarno, and the TorinoFilmLab.

company profile

Volte Slagen produces films and moving image-based art. Our movies range from genre to documentary, fiction to experimental, from feature to short movie.
It is driven by the impulse to create inspiring work. We invest in films because a story is particularly well written and directed, because it makes us see the world differently, or because it challenges the language of film. We strongly believe in the directors and artists we work with. And we better do so, as we need very good reasons to convince our many partners to invest in them, too. Currently most of our directors happen to be female. Not because of quota, but because they create excellent work.

Volte Slagen is also dedicated to the complex process of making films together. In constant exchange with our partners – funders, distributors, broadcasters and co-producers – we strive to find the best method for each film. We want to know exactly what our partners are looking for or need in each stage, and make sure to deliver. For every project, we build a team of German and international film professionals. Also offers post-production services. We have a well equipped sound and image post-production studio. For every project, we build a team of German and international film professionals working with highly skilled specialists such as Unai Rosende (post-production coordination and color grading), Jorge Piquer Rodriguez (color grading), Gabor Ripli (sound design and premix), Mikaël Barre (mix), Jochen Jezussek (sound design and premix), and many more. 

Volte Slagen is a collaboration between Michel Balagué and Koen Claerhout with offices in Berlin. Coming from France and Belgium, Michel and Koen met 2005 in Berlin where they started to work together on several art and film projects. 2017 they decided to team up as Volte Slagen.