Javier Balaguer

He was born in Alcoy in 1961. He moved to Madrid in 1979, where he worked as a press and advertising photographer.

In 1982 he founded the production company “ISIS” along José Luis Lozano. They produced a series of short films and videoclips which are awarded in several festivals. “Embrujada”by Tino Casal, “Lobo Hombre en París” by La Unión, “El hombre lobo” by Azul y Negro, etc.

Since 1984 he has worked both in the film and the advertising industry as assistant director with directors such as Gonzalo Suárez, Manolo Gómez Pereira, Pilar Miró, Carlos Saura, José Luis García Sánchez, etc., production manager and location manager in films like “Indiana Jones & the last crusade”, “James Bond 18, 19”, “The adventures of Baron Muntchausen”…, as well as multiple commercials.

In the year 2001 he founded his production company TROTO INT. S.L. After four years of work, he manages to direct and coproduce his first feature film “SOLO MIA” written along with Álvaro García Mohedano, which receives very good reviews from audience and critics alike. This film, starring Sergi López and Paz Vega, gets 4 nominations for the Goya Awards: “Bes Leading Actor” (Sergi López), “Best Leading Actress” (Paz Vega), “Best Original Song” (Clara Montes) and “Best New Director”.

In 2004 he directs and coproduces his second feature film “Escuela de Seducción”, starring Victoria Abril and Javier Veiga.

In 2008 he directs the documentary “Del fondo de la noche” in the Dominican Republic, with a full local artistic and technical crew. With this documentary he is awarded the Special Award for Best Documentary at the Philadelphia Festival in 2008.

In 2010 he directs and produces a documentary about the history of horses, entitled “Frounsya” for the United Arab Emirates.

From 2010 to 2014 he Works both in Spain and the United Arab Emirates.

In 2012 he directs “Contrastes”, a dramatic series with some humorous touches, which aims to critize the society we live in. He also directs “Bailas?”, a musical youngster series with humorous touches.

In 2016 he directs and produces “Cervantes la búsqueda”, a documentary which narrates the investigation, digging and finding of the remains of Miguel de Cervantes at the Trinitarias Convent in Madrid in 2016. The film features testimonies from witnesses and leading characters of the event, including Cervantes himself. Thanks to this documentary, he is given the award for Best Literary Film Project at the Madrid Book Fair (2016), as well as the Audience’s Choice Award at the FICAB 2017 (Bidasoa Archaeological Film Festival).

Javier Balanguer is currently developing his new film “Quema mi vida”, which will focus on drugs consumption by young people.

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