Hey, I'm Annika!

Annika Hylmö loves fantasy, spirituality and pragmatic reality. She has a background in film and entertainment that includes academic research, consulting, and extensive work at the American Film Institute's Conservatory. Currently she is Coproducing documentary IMAGE MAKERS about the pioneers of Hollywood cinematography, Director of Development at Women in Media and working to find a new home for the Harold and Lillian Michelson Research Archive in addition to her own work. She tells stories about active, smart women and girls who challenge themselves to create their own futures.

 

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Becoming (El Devenir)

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Thriller

Evil has no consequences for an affluent Mexican young boy in this disturbing coming-of-age story about toxic masculinity & class inequality

88%

This project got the green light!

Obstruction of Justice: The True Meaning

New York City, New York Series
Documentary

This seven-part docu-series explores the stories of the formerly incarcerated and highlights the factors impacting successful reentry.

81%

This project got the green light!

Close Ties to Home Country

Chicago, Illinois Film Short
Comedy, Biography

Based on real events. Akanksha, a kind immigrant, finds family in the rich people's dogs she dogsits, while her sister's US visa is denied.

118%

This project got the green light!

YAI NIN

Seattle, Washington Film Short
Documentary, Foreign Film

The owner of a sausage factory in Thailand, Ninlawan keeps in contact with her family in America while holding down the family business.

143%

This project got the green light!

Crowned: Season 2

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

Macie and the rest of the Party Princesses survive batty bosses, pushy parents and crazy co-workers in this semi-scripted comedy series.

73%

This project got the green light!

"The Happy Side" Comedy Movie

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy

When her boss gives her an ultimatum to come in to work, a burned-out Retail employee must decide whether or not to give up her epic day off

81%

This project got the green light!

Heart Baby Eggplant

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

A scripted comedy about 3 girlfriends in 3 different types of relationships: attached & anxious, married & pregnant, and single & shameless.

139%

This project got the green light!

Nobody's Home

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Fantasy

The child of a broken household escapes to the darkest corners of his imagination. A 1960s family drama gets surreal.

80%

This project got the green light!

Eagle and the Albatross

Montrose, Pennsylvania Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

An orphaned Korean girl seeks a mentor in a small-town golf club full of misfits.

102%

This project got the green light!

Lady Parts

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

When a high-risk cancer patient chooses preventative surgery, her removed organs move into her house and start talking to her.

107%

This project got the green light!

Happyness: A Comedy About Misery

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Satire

When an unknown actor is thrust into sudden fame, the people closest to him must face their own insecurities & issues of mental health.

82%

This project got the green light!

RAMSEY

Lambertville, New Jersey Film Short
Comedy, Shorts Program

A whimsical and surreal short comedy about a young woman whose perceptions of the world are at odds with those around her.

103%

This project got the green light!

Self Servers

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy

A loving couple host a dinner for their friends with hopes of sharing exciting news, but the event takes an unexpected turn when egos clash.

104%

This project got the green light!

Girls Like Magic

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

An LGBTQ Comedy about Magic, a naive Brit who moves to Hollywood where she meets Jamie, a lesbian musician that turns her world upside down.

85%

This project got the green light!

postpartumm...

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy

Harley is clueless about modern motherhood. She daydreams away Mommy & Me absurdity while anxiety twists real life into nightmarish moments.

80%

This project got the green light!

STANS: THE WEBSERIES

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

STANS is a webseries about STAN Twitter. Focused on 3 internet friends miles away from each other connecting through the power of pop music.

80%

This project got the green light!

Headshots

Toronto, Canada Series
Comedy, Satire

Headshots is a comedy series set in a photo studio. Each episode features a new character getting their picture taken for a bizarre reason.

100%

This project got the green light!

BEFORE THE STORM

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Fantasy

A young woman and her estranged father arrive in New York City on the eve a hurricane threatens to make landfall.

96%

This project got the green light!

Demons

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Horror

A young woman shocked by a toxic relationship develops a strange quality: menstrual blood that's corrosive to everything but her own body.

100%

This project got the green light!

COOKING SHOW

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Satire

A cooking show where no one cooks.

130%

This project got the green light!

Older Brothers

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

A stressed grad student wants to help find a job for his autistic older brother, Max, but all Max wants to do is throw a raging house party.

129%

This project got the green light!

Fantasy Pony

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Documentary

A mockumentary that chronicles the activities of three horse girls as they prepare for Calypso Township’s annual model horse competition.

101%

This project got the green light!

Teddy

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Short
Comedy, Drama

Teddy is a parallel story between a screenwriter and the characters he creates in order to win back his lost love.

84%

This project got the green light!

Ride in Progress

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy

A female-driven, R-rated comedy about the daunting task of finding your way back to yourself and to your friends after a breakup

100%

This project got the green light!

Inside the Notebook

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Fantasy

After 12 years, Istar, the most wanted girl in Egypt, returns to finally reunite with her mother. Ready to fight the Pharaoh and his army.

100%

This project got the green light!

PEW! PEW! PEW!

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Sci-Fi

When a jilted cosplayer confronts his romantic rival in the hotel bar at comic-con, the conflict is resolved the only way possible: a preten

101%

This project got the green light!

PSYCHICOLOGIST

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

An introverted psychology grad student is disrupted by a psychic puppet insisting on teaching her about intuition and human connection.

81%

This project got the green light!

I Put the Bi in Bitter

Denver, Colorado Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

After coming to terms with her bisexuality, Sam attempts to now BE OUT in high school, but still struggles with constant heteronormativity.

113%

This project got the green light!

Go Go, Boy!

Chicago, Illinois Film Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

A boy finds comfort in his own skin when he dumps wrestling for fabulousness

83%

This project got the green light!

Luminary

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Short
Action, Fantasy

Rose and her fellow Luminaries travel into the forest to defend their village from the darkness encasing their world.

100%

This project got the green light!

Naked

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Drama

A restless mother seeks to rediscover herself by modeling nude for an art class, and ends up baring more than she planned.

188%

This project got the green light!

By Night

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Crime

An office worker/graffiti artist clashes with a hooded figure who keeps painting butts on his neighborhood street art.

102%

This project got the green light!

SINGLE: an AFI Directing Workshop for Women Project

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Romantic Comedy

A woman with a physical difference gets set-up to go on a blind date with a guy who also has a physical limb difference. And she is pi$#ed.

102%

This project got the green light!

Su Promesa

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, LGBTQ

Fearing for her life, a young Guatemalan bride must adapt when her forcibly arranged marriage is fatally threatened.

88%

This project got the green light!

P's in a Pod

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

Best friends, Pete and Polly, attempt to navigate identity, sex, the MTA & more in this comedy web series.

82%

This project got the green light!

Joyriders

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
Adventure, Sci-Fi

3 kids from the hood find an alien spaceship and take it on a joyride. They must decide to help the their world, or escape into the unknown.

103%

This project got the green light!

He Was Asking for It

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

Four female friends entertain fantasies of violent revenge to console their friend after finding out her rapist won’t be serving time.

104%

This project got the green light!

Miracle Baby

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Thriller

A congressman’s wife sets the stage on her cheating husband for a night of revenge, rage, revelations, and one unspeakable act.

122%

This project got the green light!

VR Food

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Horror

Unstable inventors stalk a filmmaker, after mistaking an art film, 'VR Food,' as a deadly rival.

103%

This project got the green light!

Red: A College of DuPage Short Film

Chicago, Illinois Film Short
Comedy, Drama

An alcoholic clown struggles to get his life back on track after the loss of his son.

82%

This project got the green light!

The Scroll of Morlok

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Horror

A film projectionist is tasked with screening a silent horror classic, only to free a 'fictional' ghoul from his celluloid prison.

104%

This project got the green light!

Lolita Express (by Octavia Chavez-Richmond)

Dana Point, California Film Short
Drama

6 girls from different walks of life await their abuser on his private island. Only the youngest dares to escape.

86%

This project got the green light!

BLOCKS

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Experimental

A mother of two young children begins to spontaneously vomit LEGO blocks.

101%

This project got the green light!

The Lost Comet

Mexico City, Mexico Film Short
Drama, Music

Joining narrative film and dance, this story sheds light on a voiceless tragedy while racing through the iconic landmarks of Mexico City.

86%

This project got the green light!

Los Angeless

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Drama

Los Angeless is an anthology series made up of 9 short films by 15 female filmmakers, set in an authentic, unromanticized version of L.A.

83%

This project got the green light!

Censored

Denton, Texas Film Short
Comedy, Drama

Everything is f***ed up. Everything is cleaned up.

91%

This project got the green light!

Some Southern Waters

Orlando, Florida Film Feature
Fantasy, Mystery

Months after witnessing the death of his girlfriend, a young man meets a mysterious young woman who looks just like the love he lost.

84%

This project got the green light!

Harana (formerly "A Song for Myself")

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Music

A homesick Filipino lounge singer confronts her cover band in order to play her original song in front of their uncaring Vegas audience.

111%

This project got the green light!

ADULTIN'

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, Satire

ADULTIN’ explores the success or complete failures of mundane, but necessary, tasks adults face as we grow, learn & figure out our 20s.

100%

This project got the green light!

Chompy & The Girls

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Sci-Fi

A depressed woman meets her father for first time & their encounter goes from awkward to alarming when they witness a man swallow a girl.

80%

This project got the green light!

Silver Cord

Chicago, Illinois Film Short
Drama, Fantasy

The journey of farewell between soul and body as they both transcend to their ultimate destinations;afterlife for soul & ground for the body

100%

This project got the green light!

Evan

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

What would you pray for if the heavens were listening?

100%

This project got the green light!

Dorris, 85

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama

An elderly woman, Dorris, celebrates her husband’s eighty-fifth birthday without him.

120%

This project got the green light!

DOWN the MIDDLE

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy

The owner of an ad agency retires unexpectedly, making his uptight business manager and his trust-fund bohemian daughter polarized partners.

85%

This project got the green light!

Tempelhof

Burbank, California Film Feature
Biography, Documentary

In a series of intimate conversations, asylum seekers and migrants share their compelling, and dangerous journeys of hope to the West.

101%

This project got the green light!

Better With You - A Halloween Romance

Salt Lake City, Utah Series
Romantic Comedy, Romance

Two people who socialize very differently meet and find their lives might be better with each other - if they can make space for one other.

110%

This project got the green light!

UGLY PRETTY

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Feature
Crime, Drama

A fish-out-of-water in "small town" Pennsylvania has an affair with a local man. In over her head, she becomes an accessory to murder.

109%

This project got the green light!

Scars Unseen

Los Angeles, California Series
Documentary

A documentary series about the triumph of the human spirit, following six men and women who have overcome domestic violence.

92%

This project got the green light!

AIR, a short film

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Romantic Comedy

Ally has learned to breathe through the filter of a screen but when a cute boy checks in at her AirBnB she is forced to confront her 2D life

110%

This project got the green light!

standby

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Drama

A disheartened, but dedicated middle-aged actor, working as standby, has his love for his art reawakened in this Valentine to the Theater.

93%

This project got the green light!

Alien Guy Tim

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Documentary

An outcast, Alien Guy Tim, wants to prove that he has been abducted by aliens, but faces many obstacles along the way.

140%

This project got the green light!

Radical Cram School-- SEASON 2!

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Music

RADICAL CRAM SCHOOL is a kid-centric, unscripted web series created by Kristina Wong that empowers Asian American and all kids of color.

92%

This project got the green light!

White Dove Film

West Hollywood, California Film Short
Western

Sophie's parents are killed by outlaws. Found by the Paiute Tribe, raised as a warrior, she must choose between righteousness and revenge.

80%

This project got the green light!

Jesse's Girl

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

At her bridal shower, a bride-to-be acknowledges her doubts, begs for help and takes action—with catastrophic consequences.

145%

This project got the green light!

Solstice Ranch

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Romance

Set in the late 90s at a whimsical retreat, this lighthearted short film tests the boundaries of friendships, relationships and family.

81%

This project got the green light!

THOSE PEOPLE: A Love Story

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama, Romance

Taylor and Mehran meet, and fall in love despite their cultural differences, but their bliss is threatened when family tensions escalate.

105%

This project got the green light!

Forbidden Steps

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Global Celebration, Family

A Muslim police officer stuck between his dancer daughter & orthodox father must grapple with ties to tradition & his own American dream.

101%

This project got the green light!

Avowed

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Shorts Program

A young nun to be struggles to understand why her patient lacks sentience. A film about disability, feminism, and tested faith.

116%

This project got the green light!

Black Kungfu Chick

Los Angeles, California Series
Action, Drama

Just an ordinary girl from South LA learns kungfu from her premed teacher to protect her community from local menaces in more ways than one.

90%

This project got the green light!

Shelby's Vacation

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Romance, LGBTQ

Vacationer Shelby and mountain resort manager Carol go on a healing journey of learning why they cling to unrealistic romantic fantasies.

91%

This project got the green light!

Auld Lang Syne

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Comedy, Drama

An annual New Year’s Eve party becomes occasion for disaster as three couples' lives unravel spectacularly over the course of the evening.

80%

This project got the green light!

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