Multi-award winning producer and director JOOP VAN WIJK began his professional career as
a doctor in Africa. In 1978 he took up filmmaking with his then partner Hillie Molenaar in
the independent film production company MOLENWIEK FILM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Since 1995 Van Wijk is the sole owner of Molenwiek Film.
Van Wijk (co)produced and/or (co)directed some 25 documentaries and short fiction films, including THE FACTORY (1980), ALTER EGO (1986), CANNOT RUN AWAY (1988), THE VERDICT (1989),
ISINGIRO HOSPITAL (1993), CROSSROADS (1997), ECHOES OF WAR (2005) and
ANATOMY OF A MURDER (2012).
From 1994 on Molenwiek Film also produces international feature films, like XIME by Sana Na N'Hada (Un Certain Regard, Cannes 1994) and THE DANDELION GAME by Peter van Wijk (Cannes Junior, 1998).
Molenwiek Film is coproducer of the critically acclaimed film THE FIFTH SEASON
by Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth (main competition Venice, 2012).
Currently, Molenwiek Film's focus is on the devise, development and (co)production of specific documentary projects and 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 at 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.