Midnight Pictures is an Amsterdam and Los Angeles based film production company with a singular purpose; to create dark entertainment for a worldwide audience. Specificially in the genres, thriller, suspense & horror.

Founder Ellen Utrecht and Hugo Keijzer both strongly believe in the power of storytelling. They also believe it’s the responsibility of filmmakers to use the immense power of entertainment to tell meaningful stories; stories that challenge convention, confront reality and open audience’s minds. 

To craft solid entertainment Ellen and Hugo collaborate with the best in the field, from all over the world.



Ellen Utrecht is a highly experienced and awarded producer. She has worked for renowned agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, KesselsKramer and DDB group and has co-founded digital interactive production company, Minivegas. Ellen has produced award-winning campaigns for Adidas, Heineken, Diesel and CNN. Since her partnership with Hugo Keijzer they have developed short films, screenplays and advertising with emphasis on strong narrative for Denham, DSM, Duvel and FrieslandCampina. Her background in advertising gives her a competitive, creative and innovative edge, that she utilises to develop powerful stories with a strong connection with the target audience. Currently she’s developing and producing a strong slate of thriller, suspense and horror concepts.


Hugo Keijzer / Creative director

Hugo Keijzer is an experienced director who learned the craft by directing a multitude of branded films, in short and longer format. He has developed and directed pivotal films for global brands, such as VISA, ING, Duvel, Denham, FrieslandCampina and Converse. His most acclaimed work includes ““The Story of Milk”” (FrieslandCampina), ““Science can Change the World”” (DSM) and ““Denham Psycho””.. These films display Hugo’s creative strength; combining gripping narrative with stunning aesthetics. Hugo’s debut film “Only You” is currently produced by Salon Pictures in association with Midnight Pictures. Hugo founded Midnight Pictures together with producer Ellen Utrecht to develop and produce high quality entertainment for a global audience.




Midnight Pictures
Weesperzijde 80-F
1091 EJ Amsterdam