Joshua van ’t Hoff (1987) is an award-winning narrative & documentary filmmaker from the Netherlands.
Filmmaking was already in Van ’t Hoff’s life early on; bringing a video camera to high school to capture classes and situations, and making entertaining films with his siblings or friends. It became more serious in 2010, when he made an informative video for his education in journalism, News & Media, at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. This film project let him discover all stages of the creation of a film, making him realize that this art is both his passion as well as his profession.
Van ’t Hoff made his first short narrative film at the start of 2011. ’Cinema Palace’; a non-fiction film about a film theatre in his hometown Haarlem, the Netherlands, marked the start of his life as a filmmaker and the launch of his film production company: Apostrof Cinema. Soon after, he started a 6-month internship as a camera operator at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam for short documentaries about artists, discovering the art of cinematography professionally under cinematographer Robert Weijs and director Eric van der Sluis. After finishing his internship, he worked at the theatre two years more. He continued producing short narrative films, while at the same time began working as a freelance filmmaker by producing corporate and promotional videos, video impressions of events and weddings, and film portraits of houses for sale; thereby slowly finding a balance between his commercial and artistic side.
At the end of 2014, Van ’t Hoff finished his education with his first documentary film: ’Truth & Privacy in the National Archives of the Netherlands’ (original Dutch title: ’Waarheid & privacy in het Nationaal Archief’). This documentary concerned relatives of Holocaust victims and their quest for truth in restricted World War II files. It was screened at special events in both the Netherlands as well as Israel and was broadcasted twice on Dutch television. Since the start of 2018, he decided to focus more on producing narrative and documentary films. In addition to his own projects, he also worked as a cinematographer for feature films by American director Michael Lasoff and documentary films by Dutch director Boris Braak.
Three short narrative films by Van ’t Hoff are being screened at film festivals around the world at the moment: the drama film ’A Divided Whole’, the drama/action film ’Accelerate’ and the fantasy/action film ’The Path of the Greys’. While writing the scripts for new narrative films, he is currently working on two documentary films simultaneously; one concerning a family research about a refugee from former Czechoslovakia; ’Complete Portrait Wanted of Markéta Ledererová’, the other concerning Nazi German extermination camp Sobibór in Poland; ’The Hidden Heritage of the Sobibór Extermination Camp’.