Who we are

We are a growing production team specialising in documentary films for brands and NGOs with more than 10 years of directing experience. Prior to founding Happenstance Films we worked as freelance producers and directors making documentary films, commercials and 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 and fundraising for projects and organisations.We have also interviewed the UN Secretary General, Prime Ministers, Presidents, and CEOs of international conglomerates.

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 telling authentic stories based in the real world.

How we work

Whether we're exploring the mountains of Japan, the Roma communities of Albania or our rainy backyard in England, we're about finding 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.

Our Clients

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 Sky History 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 directed and 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

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.