Julien Hamelin    Author       Director       Journalist

Aim & Objectives


I started writing and directing documentary films and television reports 10 years ago. My main objective: to bring awareness and understanding, and to surprise the audience.

My films are usually shot abroad. They deal with social issues - topics that could be either serious or light-hearted - and shine a light on little-known aspects of a country, a community or an individual.


Afterwards, i started writing and directing short feature films. I am now working on the scripts of two long feature films: stories that are engaged, political and thrilling.


Awards & Grants


« Jeune Reporter » Award at the Angers Festival du Scoop for the TV report « San Pedro, village or prison? » (2009).


« Auteur de Documentaire » Grant from the J.L Lagardère Foundation for the documentary film « Nollywood, Nigeria goes to the movies» (2007).

« Déclics Jeunes » Grant from the Fondation de France for the documentary film « Nollywood, Nigeria goes to the movies » (2007). Watch the Interview.


Academic Training


Graduate Studies at the Institut Pratique de Journalisme (IPJ), Paris.


Graduate Studies at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Lyon, with a special focus on the Arab World.

Erasmus Exchange Student at the University of Reading (UK).

History Undergraduate Studies at the University of Versailles-St-Quentin-en-Yvelines.



Language & Technical Skills


English : fluent.

Spanish : fluent.

Portuguese : fluent.

Italian : fluent.

Arabic : beginner.


Video editing on Final Cut Pro.

Photo editing on PhotoShop.

Filming on cameras and DSLR Canon 5D.