About

Who we are


We are a growing production team specializing in documentary films for brands and NGOs with more than 10 years of industry experience under out belts. Prior to founding Happenstance Films in 2020, we produced and directed films, commercials and documentary TV series for UK and international audiences.

Our work has been broadcast on Sky History and BBC Earth as well as successfully advocating for social and environmental change at European Parliament and the UN General Assembly. And across the world, our films and TV commercials have driven investment in projects and organizations.


Why documentary


With documentary at the forefront, brands and NGOs are taking ever greater steps to engage with their audience and customers through meaningful content, educating, celebrating, and challenging the world as we know it. And we’re excited about the increasing formats and platforms that you can use to get your message out there.

Documentary production allows for flexible budgets and discreet crews without sacrificing story or aesthetics. We see this as an opportunity to bring non-narrative film together with ambitious clients who want to voice their purpose in powerful ways by sticking to the real world.


How we work


Whether it's about going into the mountains of Japan, the Roma communities of Albania or our rainy backyard in England, we're about discovering the best stories rather than inventing them.

Working with our clients throughout the production process, our line of investigation involves asking questions, doing thorough research and sensitively building relationships with our contributors. We focus on creating a collaborative environment with you that gives us the best chance of capturing a story that is both candid and sincere.


Contact Us


If you think you have stories to tell and would like to know more about our approach, please get in touch at hello@happenstancefilms.com and follow us on Facebook & Instagram.

We are also the team behind AllWeHaveStories.com.




Our Team

Julia Alcamo, Co-Founder & Producer-Director

Julia is a German-American documentary filmmaker based in the UK. She has worked with international film teams in Japan, India and Europe and has produced & directed series for the History Channel UK and BBC World.

Contact Julia: julia@happenstancefilms.com


Dan Hodgson, Co-Founder & Producer-Director

Dan is a UK-based film director specialising in original and branded documentary. Around the world he has produced films for global brands such as the United Nations, UNICEF, World Bank, ChildFund, Schroders, Scouts, Leonard Cheshire, and various Governments. 

Contact Dan: dan@happenstancefilms.com





Our Clients




Shooting safely during Covid-19


In order to provide safe shooting conditions under Covid-19 restrictions, we are regularly engaging with the latest training available to our industry and supporting efforts to make film productions a safe environment for everyone.

We have completed the Screen Skills Coronavirus training as well as the Safe Sets International Covid-19 Level A training. We have also signed the Pledge to Protect Production by Safe Sets International.