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WELCOME TO ZATORI  FILMS

We are a full-service Film Production Company dedicated to producing exceptional content and high-quality new media. We are more than just a production company - we provide additional services in order to ensure that each video we produce is smart, engaging, and achieves its purpose. Our team consisting of an under-represented diverse group of talented, creative, and hardworking up-and-coming filmmakers. The majority of our team are minority female professionals. We are dedicating our lives to produce one-of-a-kind and rewarding projects. We also advocate Mental Health Awareness with the goal of helping underprivileged communities around the world.

ZATORI Films cater to all big and small productions. Our goal is to provide clients with exceptional work and results. Get in touch with us to learn what we can do for your projects and/or business.

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PRE-PRODUCTION

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OUR PROJECTS

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MAYA THE SACRIFICE

FEATURE FILM

(Dark Fantasy Horror)

 

Logline:

WHEN HER NIGHTMARE BECOMES REALITY.

Year: 2019 (Teaser & Trailer)  |  AWARD-WINNING SHORT & TRAILER

Synopsis:

Maya has been having recurring nightmares since her father died. She's going back to the Philippines to bury him next to her mother's grave. Her mother died when she was born. Maya and her father moved to Chicago when she was 17. She hasn't been back since they moved. Maya is taking her daughter to the Philippines for the first time. She has mixed emotions about their upcoming trip. She's worried that bad things will happen while they're in the Philippines. Maya loves her daughter very much. She is her world and she will do anything to protect her. Maya's worst fear becomes reality. Her daughter's life is in the hands of a dangerous creature. Maya has to act fast to save her. She unravels the truth about her bloodline. She must choose to accept of who she is or lose her daughter for good.

 

MAYA The Sacrifice is a film for a cause dedicated to Mental Health Awareness. It is a dark fantasy horror folklore feature based on a story of a mother's love to her daughter. Together they fight to destroy the deadliest and scariest monsters alive. A story of love, courage, strength, determination, bravery, and triumph. The film will give you chills, suspense, love, laughter, drama, thrills, actions, and scare that will leave you off the edge of your seats and your eyes glued to the screen.

 

THE LAST PRANK

SHORT FILM

(Psychological Thriller)

 

Logline:

KARMA IS COMING FOR YOU!

Year: 2019

Synopsis:

Charlie loves to prank-call his friends and neighbors. His best friend Marcus warned him to stop before he gets caught.

One day, Charlie got a shocking call that changed his life forever. His mother was murdered.

Charlie s on the hunt to find his mother's killer, by doing his own investigation starting from the residents of their apartment building. He vows to avenge his mother's death.

 

The Last Prank is a story of mystery and vengeance.

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DANIEL'S REINDEER

SHORT FILM

(Holiday Family Miracle)

 

Logline: 

MIRACLES CAN HAPPEN ANYTIME & ANYWHERE.

Year: 2020

 

Synopsis:

The story of a smart and happy 13yo boy named Daniel Bautista and his reindeer ornament. He was raised by his undocumented immigrant mother, Josephine Bautista. She works as a caregiver for seniors to support her son. The unprecedented pandemic that shook the whole world left the mother and son homeless. Regardless of all the obstacles, Josephine is facing, she made sure that her son is well taken care of. Daniel was diagnosed with high-functioning autism when he was little. Despite his condition, he has a happy outlook on life. His father left them when he was a baby. The only thing that Daniel had from his father is the wooden reindeer that his mother gave him and wears it as a necklace. Daniel always has his reindeer with him wherever he goes. Little did he know that the reindeer would turn their lives around for the better.

MAYA MOVEMENT

REACH OUT & LISTEN PROJECT

(Documentary)

 

Year: In Production

 

MAYA Movement is a documentary series dedicated to Mental Health Awareness. The Mental Health crises are at its peak and suicide amongst children and adults is at an all-time high.

Our mission is to advocate and promote MAYA Movement Reach Out & Listen Project through person-to-person connections and interactions.

Zatori Films team will be on the road to your town or city sharing stories, laughter, tolerance, and love. Say "NO" to Mental Health stigma because, everyone's lives matter.

Join the MAYA Movement crusade to spread awareness. It's time to get back to

basic and unplug. 

THE POWER OF CARING SAVES LIVES!

ABOUT

NO SMALL POTATOES FOUNDATION

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

(501c3)

 

Year: 2019

 

No Small Potatoes is a non-profit organization dedicated to Mental Health Awareness.​ Our mission is to promote, advocate, and spread awareness & tolerance.

​The foundation's goal is to raise money to support mental health communities everywhere.

​Helping others is not a chore; it is the greatest gift there is. Say "NO" to mental health stigma because, everyone's lives matter.

 

THE POWER OF CARING SAVES LIVES!

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THE MYTHS BENEATH

TV SERIES

(Adventure Fantasy, Sci-fi)

Logline:

THE FORGOTTEN WORLD.

Year: In Development

Synopsis:

A group of archeologists on an excursion turns into chaos as one of the interns discovers exceptional remains that take him to an ancient world, the world that is forgotten. Whoever finds the remains is destined to return them to their native land or suffer the consequences. Will they be able to return the remains without any obstacles?

Storyline:

The series is a combination of a narrative story and a scripted documentary. It is about following a group of archeologists whose lives are devoted to proving that mythical creatures exist and live among us. They are not fantasy creatures or part of a fairytale; they're real. Together, they travel around the world to prove that there is a forgotten world that we are not aware of, the world that only exists in some people's fantasies. While exploring the possibility of their existence, the group of archeologists soon realizes that they have become part of a legendary world.

GIDEON SKKY

FEATURE FILM

(Sci-Fi)

Logline:

THE SECOND COMING OF THE MESSIAH.

Year: In Development

Synopsis:

A 13yo Gideon Skky finds himself traveling back in time to a planet of chaos and catastrophe. Gideon doesn't know why he ended up in such an unfamiliar world. He's trying to figure out how to get back home. Much to his surprise, he realized that he has the ability to heal humans in the present world. Everyone celebrates Gideon as the second coming of the messiah. Will he be able to help this world survive the next apocalypse? Can he stop the calamity that is unfolding to help his new friends?

Storyline:

In the futuristic city of Neji, located on a faraway planet Orcus, run by A.I. citizens. Human-like children and adult robots inhabit the land. The children on this planet disintegrate at the age of 14 and are reborn through a laboratory operated by A. I. Neji is a peaceful city imposing no threats to society.

A 13yo Gideon Skky finds himself time-traveling to past life on planet Earth, which is on the brink of extinction. Will a 13yo from the future save the world? Is he the messiah?

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BLANK WALL

SHORT FILM

(Sci-fi Mystery Thriller)

Logline:

LIFE CAN CHANGE IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE.

Year: 2020  |  AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM

 

Synopsis:

Brenna, a thriving screenplay writer was on top of her game. She's been recognized for her unique style of writing and has received various prestigious awards. People started to notice her work. Brenna is proud of what she had accomplished and keeps pushing herself towards her goal. She will not stop until she achieves it. But one-recent life-changing event shook her world apart. She was devastated and angry at the circumstances.

One quiet night, a sound of a laptop keyboard startled and woke Brenna up. She was shocked at what she uncovered. She couldn't believe her eyes. Was it a reality or was it all a dream?

Brenna is convinced that there is a world out there that is paralleled to ours and vowed to solve the mystery that she had just unfolded.

LUNA-TIC

SHORT FILM

(Scii-fi Thriller)

 

Logline:

THE RACE TO SAVE MANKIND.

Year: 2021  |  AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM

Synopsis:

Luna, a dangerous criminal was admitted to a mental health institution in Chicago. She is suffering from psychosis & personality disorder. Luna was charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder for killing her unborn twins. She was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Jacob Shaw, Luna's defense lawyer was trying to help lessen her sentence. He is fascinated by her case. Jacob staggered in finding out that Luna doesn't exist in the system. He is motivated to find out his client's real identity & existence. Luna and Jacob find themselves on a journey to finding the truth before it's too late.

RAVEN'S LAST PROPHECY

SHORT FILM

(Sci-fi Fantasy)

Logline:

IN THE MIDST OF DARKNESS, LIGHT PERSISTS.

Year: Pre-production

Synopsis:

Raven Zamora is a known soul healer. She helps her ailing patients transition to the afterlife.

An unexpected call that completely changes Raven's life.

The destiny that Raven did not envisions haunts her. Will she escape the nightmare that she's about to face?

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I KILLED MYSELF

SHORT FILM

(Psychological Thriller)

Logline:

WHEN REVENGE TURNS DEADLY.

Year: In Development

Synopsis:

Ivy Alvarez, a wealthy entrepreneur is over the moon for her upcoming nuptials to a handsome and successful architect.

One day, Ivy finds herself inside a dark coffin. Even though she escaped from the hellish ordeal that she has no recollection of, her life turns upside down as she uncovered that her identity was compromised. Will she ever find out the truth?

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THE VLOGGER'S NIGHTMARE

SHORT FILM

(Suspense Thriller)

Logline:

NOTHING EVER GOES AS PLANNED.

Year: 2022 I AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM

Synopsis:

Tanya Lopez, a nature vlogger known in her community, is taking her career to the next level. She started a video blog like everyone else, capitalizing on her talent.

One sunny day, Tanya is getting ready for her very first on-site footage. She decided to go to a forest preserve near her to capture the beautiful nature. As she was setting up, she heard a scary familiar sound that she did not anticipate. Upon witnessing the horrific event that changes the fate of her existence. Will she survive the hellish nightmare that she's about to endure?

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THANK YOU

MAYA Movement is a documentary film dedicated to Mental Health Awareness. Our mission is to promote and advocate awareness & tolerance through an artistic approach with the goal of helping Mental Health communities everywhere.

 

Our team will like to thank you in advance for your donations and support. Helping others is not a chore; it is the greatest gift there is.

THE POWER OF CARING SAVES LIVES! 

Please click the link below for our GoFundMe page.

AWARD-WINNING TEASER & TRAILER

MAYA the Sacrifice

AWARD-WINNING SCI-FI SHORT FILM

BLANK WALL

AWARD-WINNING SCI-FI SHORT FILM

LUNA-TIC

NOMINATED FAMILY SHORT FILM

Daniel's Reindeer

AWARD-WINNING MOBILE SHORT THRILLER FILM

The Vlogger's Nightmare

MEDIA 

COMMERCIAL TRAILER

DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS

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MARIA BRENDA ACOPIADO

CEO I Founder I Writer I Director I Producer

Award-winning Director, Screenwriter, Actress, & Producer. She is the Founder/CEO of Zatori Films, an emerging film production company based in Chicago. IL. Her team consists of a diverse group of independent filmmakers which the majority are minority female professionals.

Maria’s work won prestigious awards in over 130 film festivals nationwide & abroad. The Founder/President of No Small Potatoes Foundation, a newly formed (501c3) organization dedicated to Mental Health Awareness in the emphasis on World Hunger with the goal of helping underprivileged communities around the globe. She is the youngest appointed President of Lions Club Chicago Eagle’s Wings and an honorary recipient of the exemplary community service award from Asian American Coalition of Chicago. Invited as a special guest speaker at the National Period Day rally in Chicago.

Maria is dedicated and passionate about her work and her charities. She was honored to be featured as one of the emerging Chicago Women in Films early this year. Her style of writing is beyond everyone’s expectations. Writing fiction & fantasy is what she thrives on. Creating a different world in each of her projects is her escape from the chaos around us. “It’s like, I’m high on life when I’m writing and becoming part of the adventure in the world that I created. Let’s face it, we all want to live in fantasy land at some point in our lives.”

Maria wears many hats. From writing, directing, producing, acting, running her company and so much more. She continues to master her crafts and will always be a student of life. Her favorite quote is: “Success is earned, not given.” She is a big believer in karma. Whatever we put out in the universe, it will come back to us.

ZATORI FILMS TEAM
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MARNIE PILGRIM

AWARDS

BEST TRAILER

WINNER - X World Short Film Festival - 2

MAYA the Sacrifice

BEST TRAILER

WINNER - Vesuvius International Monthly

MAYA the Sacrifice

BEST TRAILER

WINNER - American Golden Picture Interna

MAYA the Sactifice

BEST TRAILER

WINNER - Hollywood Blood Horror Festival

MAYA the Sacrifice

BEST VFX

WINNER - Hollywood Blood Horror Festival

MAYA the Sacrifice

BEST SCI-FI

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BEST TRAILER

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BEST FICTION

WINNER - American Golden Picture Interna

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BEST PRODUCER

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BEST SCI-FI

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BEST VFX

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BEST SCI-FI

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LUNA-TIC

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