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Michel Goossens

MICAN Productions is a Barcelona based creative production company with emphasis on film-making, started in 2011 by Director/Writer/Producer Michel Goossens and Producer Ana Manzanedo:



Michel Goossens

Michel Goossens is an award winning filmmaker. Originally from the Netherlands, Michel extensively traveled the world and lived in Australia and Canada before settling in Spain while advancing a career in clinical research. Despite early interest in film, Michel started active film-making relatively late with the advent of new digital technologies becoming more readily available. Actively producing video projects since 2003 and developing his skills through certificate courses, Michel took his film making to the next level with the short film EXIT, which played at 23 film festivals through 2013 and 2014 and won two awards. Michel continues to make contemporary and short fiction works and organizes events for other film makers as host of the Barcelona International Film Makers meetup group and was the founder of the Barcelona Film Making Wiki. In June 2015 a selection of works will be exhibited at the Center for Contemporary Culture



Production country: 
Running time (In minutes): 
Fantasy / Science Fiction
Short films
Student film: 
EXIT (Short) - Michel Goossens
Production year: 
January, 2013
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Michel Goossens (Netherlands, 1974), is a narrative and experimental filmmaker currently based in Barcelona, Spain. Despite his early love for cinema and working at a local cinema as a projectionist, lack of access to cinematic tools drove Michel to initially pursue an academic career. He studied biology and biotechnology in the Netherlands at the University of Utrecht and in Australia at the University of Western Australia. He later studied cinematography at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. While building a career in Clinical Research, Michel wrote, produced and directed a series of low budget shorts films, among which: Ook maar een Mens (2003), Wilderness Challenge (2004), Christmas Movie (2004), Een Leven Lang (2005), Michel’s Glamorous Traveling Life (2005), Road Trip (2006) and Furry Dreams (2006), none of which were officially released. 


Following a move from Canada to Spain in early 2008, Michel started writing, directing and producing comical short films centering around the clinical research industry, employing large groups of colleagues in crew and cast roles resulting in: Quantum of Quality (2009), The Query (2010) and EDC (2012). The shorts were screened internationally to several thousand staff in the wider company where Michel worked. Also in 2011 Michel completed his first paid assignment shooting a directing a web commercial for a tour company in Switzerland.


Ready to take on a more serious film making challenge, Michel started working on a script for a high quality short intended for festival release, culminating in the short film EXIT. EXIT gave Michel first experience directing a large professional cast and crew, and shooting in a digital 35mm format. EXIT is part of 2013 Cannes festival Court Metraje and is under submission at numerous other festivals. EXIT typifies the Michel’s reductionistic approach to film, showing his combined scientific and artistic talents.


In 2013, Michel continues to combine his work as a filmmaker and a Global Project Director in Clinical Research. He completed the experimental shorts Random 1.0 and Normality 1.0, completed a video coverage of Inside Out, part of a global art project taking place outside of the Barcelona Museum of Modern Art. Michel has the short ‘Grief’ in post-production and has a conceptional documentary about violence and media as well as a narrative short in preproduction for filming in later 2013.


Film director: 
Michel Goossens
Michel Goossens and Ana Manzanedo
Michel Goossens
Charlotte Meyer
Film photographer: 
Giancarlo Bianchi
Charlotte Meyer / Agost Alustiza
Charlotte Meyer
Art Director: 
Mario Lomas Muñoz
Soraya Bram
Cast 1: 
Timothy Gibbs
Cast 2: 
Lilliana Cabal
Film synopsis: 
<p>In the short film EXIT, A woman awakes in an unfamiliar space with a man sitting beside her bed. He explains her that she has passed away and will now have to let go of her earthly identity to move on. EXIT is a surrealistic drama exploring our attachments to life, tendencies to externalize emotions during times of stress and our understanding of reality.</p>
Budget Range: 
Between $100 000 and $10 000
Actual Budget: 
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
Digital - other
Format Ratio: 
Film Sound: 
Dolby SR
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
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Festival selections: 

Budapest International Short Film Fest, Hungary, Sep 2013

Cannes Court Metraje (small market screening), France, May 2013

Yellow Fever Int. Film Festival, Belfast, N.Ireland, Sep 2013

Philip K Dick European Film Fest, Lille, France, Oct 2013

Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de la Cuenca del Salado, Argentina, Oct 2013

Fantastisk Int. Film Fest, Lund, Sweden, Oct 2013

Festival de Cine de Terror de Peligros, Granada, Spain, Oct 2013

Hemoglozine Film Fest, Cuidad Real, Spain, Oct 2013

Puerto Rico Horror Festival, Oct 2013

Corinthian Peloponnesian International Film Festival, Dec 2013

Razor Reel Fantastic Film Fest, Bruge, Belgium, Oct 2013

Malta Horror Film Fest, Malta, Oct 2013

Zinema Zombie Fest, Bogota, Colombia, Nov 2013

Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes en Lambayeque, Peru, Oct 2013

Philip K Dick Film Fest, New York, USA, Dec 2013

Cyprus International Film Festival, Nicosia, Cyprus, Oct 2013

Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Villa de Leyva, Colombia Oct 2013

Sueños en Corto (El Actual), Logroño, Spain, Jan 2014

Cineglobe, Geneva, Switzerland Mar 2014


Cine de Horror de la Ciudad de México, Aug 2014

Fester, the Mindfuck festival, Los Angeles USA, Jan 2015

Screening series at Cervantes Institute, New York, Jan 2015 (hosted by Phillip K Dick FF)

Tri CIties International Film Festival, Oct 2015

Philip K Dick European Film Fest, Lodz, Poland, 30Oct 2013


Additional Screenings:

Private Screening, Cines Melies, Barcelona, Spain, Jan2013
Private Screening, Cinema, Paris, France, June 2013
Private Cinema Screening – Filmhuis Cinema, Hilversum, Netherlands May 2013
Public Screening, Barcelona English Filmmakers Meetup, Barcelona Spain, Sep 2015
Public Screening, Cine Club 1, in Vilanova i La Geltru, Spain October 2014


Awards received: 
<p>Philip K Dick European Film Fest, Lille, France, Oct 2013: Best SciFi Short Film</p> <p>Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de la Cuenca del Salado, Argentina, Oct 2013: Mencion Mejor Cortometraje Internacional</p>
Film distribution
Sales/distribution name: 
Contact director or Gonella Productions (France)
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