Jonathan Sipkema is a freelance filmmaker living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His experience in filmmaking, writing and art direction allow for movement across disciplines, from interior design and travel to food cultures and music.

His work is distinguishable by its attention to the senses; the honest stories he seeks have a likeness to memories, accessible to his audience through light, smell, material, textures and sound. Jonathan’s artistic eye and experience make for a compelling roster of work.

Fortuna Vlieland – Bier uit de branding

Director, writer, camera & editor

There is a very special brewery on Vlieland called Fortuna. They make beer from island dune water, in a beautiful energy sufficient building, with an amazing care for detail. Together with Tom van Huisstede, Jonathan made a film about their story and ideology, which you can now watch in their own little theater chapel in the brewery.

De Utrecht

Director, concept, camera & editor

De Utrecht is a hidden jewel in Friesland, built in 1904 Jugendstil and in 2021 restored and renovated to house new art exhibitions. Tom van Huisstede and Jonathan add personal video portraits of the artists to these exhibitions.

Mijn vriend Henk

Director, camera & editor

Jonathan’s friend Henk moved from Amsterdam to the galician countryside. He visited him and made a video portrait about him, his girlfriend, their 6 dogs, 2 horses, the abandoned houses, the heavy wind and the slow pace.

De Graanrepubliek

Camera & editor

Just under the Dollard zee, a few footsteps away from the German border is de Oude Remise. A beautiful place where people from De Graanrepubliek work together on sustainable farming and cultivation of the land and the grain that grows on it.



Spinvis presents a magical live performance on the beach of Vlieland during sunset as part of the 2020 broadcast “De Uitzending” directed by Thomas Bierens for Into the Great Wide Open.

Into The Great Wide Open

Director, camera & editor

Every year on the beautiful island of Vlieland there is a very special get together. In 2023 Jonathan was there with his camera for the 8th year. But this time also supervised an amazing team of filmmakers. Together they tried to capture this magical weekend.


Director, camera & editor