JOOP VAN WIJK worked as a doctor in Africa . In 1978, he took up filmmaking with his then partner in the independent production company MOLENWIEK FILM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Since 1995, Van Wijk is the sole owner of Molenwiek Film.
Van Wijk (co)produced and (co)directed some 25 documentaries and short fiction films, including the award winning films THE FACTORY (1980), ALTER EGO (1986),
CANNOT RUN AWAY (1988), THE VERDICT (1989), ISINGIRO HOSPITAL (1993), CROSSROADS (1997) and ECHOES OF WAR (2005).
From 1994 on, Molenwiek Film also (co)produces feature fiction films, like XIME by Sana Na N'Hada (Un Certain Regard, Cannes 1994), THE DANDELION GAME by Peter Van Wijk (Cannes Junior, 1998)
and THE FIFTH SEASON by Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth (main competition Venice, 2012).
Momentarily, Van Wijk focusses on the devise and (co)production of specific documentary projects and feature fiction films as creative and executive producer.
Van Wijk participated in the sessions of European Audio Visual Entrepreneurs EAVE (1993), the Media Business School in Ronda, Spain (1996) and is a graduate of Company 1999/2000 - Management Training for Producers of the Maurits Binger Institute, Amsterdam.
Within the Amsterdam based Alter Ego Foundation, Van Wijk is active as a promoter of individual artists from The Netherlands and abroad, supporting special events like exhibitions and other cultural exchanges, not necessarily confined to the audiovisual arts.
Molenwiek Film is a partner in Mind and Soul Network, a company focussed on the creation and distribution of interactive games and apps.