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Happen Films

We make solutions-focused documentaries that help guide us back into harmony with the rest of nature; that inspire people to develop healing ways of living; that educate, support, and empower. Stories that make things Happen!


Welcome to the Happen Films Collective!

This is where you can find out about the film projects we have underway, and where you can contribute to making them Happen by becoming part of our campaign for Community Supported Filmmaking.

If you're not familiar with our work, you might like to visit our website to learn more about us. We're a small production company based in Aotearoa New Zealand making high-impact documentary films. We'd love to share our work with you.

If you're already a keen supporter, then thanks for making your way here! 

To learn about new work underway, click on the Project links below to read about each film we're currently working on – the concept, the budget, the time frame, and how to contribute. There's also an option to contribute to Happen Films itself (the 'Happen Funds' project) if you can't decide on your favourite upcoming film :) 

Your donations may be tax deductible – get in touch to for full details about that – and how we spend funds is made completely transparent on this awesome platform. We welcome your questions and feedback.

Explore away!

Arohanui / lots of love
Antoinette & Jordan and the Happen Films team


Become a financial contributor.


Support the following initiatives from Happen Films.

A film showcasing the value of building with natural materials. Follow the jounrey of Adam & Sian...

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A documentary sharing the story and insights of Hannah & Liam, an inspiring couple walking the ta...

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A 40-minute documentary about a compost nerd, a group of compost heroes, and a machine that's abo...

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Creating community resilience from within the community in a public park

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Is it possible to fish sustainably?

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This food forest is nearly 30 years old! We head back to see what's changed in forest and people ...

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Make a donation towards the general funding of our films.

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The story of Common Unity – a community hub making a huge difference!

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Let’s get the ball rolling!

News from Happen Films

Updates on our activities and progress.

New short film out today! "Fishing for the Future"

Kia ora, greetings Open Collective friends, We're excited to share with you a new film w...
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Published on April 7, 2023 by Happen Films Ltd

Happen Films turns 8 Today!

Kia ora Open Collective whānau/family!It's Happen Film's 8th birthday today!Thanks to your support we've funded or partially funded 5 film projects here on Open Collective, two of them now out in the world, one ready for re...
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Published on February 22, 2023 by Charlotte Squire

Join us for the YouTube release of our film "Together We Grow" on 11 February!

Kia ora, warm greetings to our Open Collective whānau/family, wherever in the world you are.Since its online premiere a year ago, Together We Grow has been available as a pay-to-view on Vimeo. Now we're re...
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Published on February 1, 2023 by Charlotte Squire


Transparent and open finances.

-$5,750.00 NZD
Invoice #163665
Invoice #163664
Contribution #697032
Today’s balance

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Total raised

$92,000.00 NZD

Total disbursed

$92,000.00 NZD

Estimated annual budget

$100,000.00 NZD