Julien Hamelin    Author       Director       Journalist

Aim & Objectives


I started writing and directing documentary films and television reports more than 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


"Best feature film project" award at the Festival International des Scénaristes de Valence for the script of the film "Une place au soleil" (2018).


 "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 Fondation J.L Lagardère 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 : advanced.

Arabic : beginner.


Script Writing.

Filming & lighting on H.D and large sensor cameras.

Direction of actors.

Management of Set Design for Cinema.

Video editing on Final Cut Pro.

Color correction on DaVinci Resolve.

Photo editing on PhotoShop.