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Zatori Films

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ABOUT US

Bringing visions to life.

We are the Zatorians, hailing from the distant planet Zatori in the galaxy known as Chicago. We are a dedicated team of predominantly Asian-American filmmakers with a strong emphasis on female leadership. We are committed to making a positive impact, pledging ourselves to create unique and captivating projects. Our mission in this beautiful world is to advocate mental health awareness and support underserved communities.

We aim to bring vibrant visions to life, offering audiences high-quality entertainment.

PRE-
PRODUCTION

PRODUCTION

POST-PRODUCTION

OUR PROJECTS

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MAYA THE SACRIFICE

A Film By: Maria Brenda Acopiado

SHORT CONCEPT FOR FEATURE  FILM

(Horror Fantasy)

YEAR:  2019  |  Award-Winning Short Film

WE ARE PROUD OF THIS PASSION PROJECT. THE SHORT CONCEPT CONTINUES TO THRIVE, WINNING OVER 200 AWARDS & ACCOLADES IN THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD. THIS PASSION PROJECT IS DEDICATED TO MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS, HIGHLIGHTING CAREGIVERS. WE ARE IN THE EARLY PRE-PRODUCTION STAGE FOR THE FEATURE FILM.

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THE LAST PRANK

Written & Directed by: Maria Brenda Acopiado

SHORT CONCEPT FOR  ANTHOLOGY SERIES

(Psychological Mystery Thriller)

YEAR:  2019 | Award-Winning Short Film

THE SHORT CONCEPT RECEIVES AWARDS & ACCOLADES AND CONTINUES TO THRIVE IN THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD.

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DANIEL'S REINDEER

Written & Directed by: Maria Brenda Acopiado

SHORT CONCEPT FOR ANTHOLOGY SERIES

(Family Miracle Drama)

YEAR:  2020 | Award-Winning Short Film

THE SHORT CONCEPT RECEIVED AWARDS AND ACCOLADES IN THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD, CONTINUING TO THRIVE & RECOGNIZED.

MAYA MOVEMENT

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Directed by: Maria Brenda Acopiado

REACH OUT  &  LISTEN PROJECT

(Docu-series)

 

YEAR: In Production

 

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GIDEON SKKY

A Film By: Maria Brenda Acopiado

FEATURE  FILM OR ANIMATION

(Sci-Fi Fantasy)

YEAR:  In Development

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BLANK WALL

Written & Directed by: Maria Brenda Acopiado

SHORT CONCEPT FOR ANTHOLOGY SERIES

(Sci-fi Mystery)

YEAR:  2020  |  Award-Winning Short Film

WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE SHORT FILM CONTINUES TO THRIVE, WINNING OVER 60 AWARDS & ACCOLADES IN THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD. 

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LUNA-TIC

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Written & Directed by: Maria Brenda Acopiado

SHORT CONCEPT FOR ANTHOLOGY  SERIES

(Sci-fi Thriller)

YEAR: 2021  |  Award-Winning Short Film

WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE SHORT CONCEPT CONTINUES TO THRIVE, WINNING OVER 90 AWARDS & ACCOLADES IN THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD.

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THE VLOGGER'S NIGHTMARE

Written & Directed by: Maria Brenda Acopiado

SHORT CONCEPT FOR ANTHOLOGY SERIES

(Suspense Thriller)

YEAR:  2022 I Award-winning Mobile Short Film

OUR FIRST BUT NOT THE LAST SMARTPHONE SHORT, WINNING SEVERAL AWARDS & EARNED ACCOLADES, & CONTINUING TO THRIVE IN THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD.

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RAVEN'S LAST PROPHECY

Written & Directed by: Maria Brenda Acopiado 

SHORT CONCEPT FOR ANTHOLOGY SERIES

(Horror Fantasy)

YEAR:  2022 | Award-winning Short Film

THE LATEST ADDITION TO OUR SHORT CONCEPT AND IS ALREADY WON AWARDS AND ACCOLADES IN THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD. GAINING POPULARITY AND CONTINUES TO THRIVE.

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I KILLED MYSELF

A Film by: Maria Brenda Acopiado

FEATURE  FILM

(Psychological Thriller)

YEAR:  In Development

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YA YA

A Film by: Maria Brenda Acopiado

FEATURE FILM

(Horror Suspense)

YEAR:  In Development

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UNLEASH INNER GODDESS

Dr. Marina Kostina | Directed by: Maria Brenda Acopiado

NARRATIVE COMMERCIAL 

(Fantasy)

 

YEAR:  2021 | Award-winning Trailer

THIS BEAUTIFUL NARRATIVE COMMERCIAL WON AWARDS AND ACCOLADES IN THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD, GAINING POPULARITY AND CONTINUES TO THRIVE.

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHT
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MAYA

FEATURE FILM 

(Horror Fantasy)

 

YEAR: In Pre-production 

SERIES CONCEPTS

SCI-FI | ADVENTURE | DRAMA

FANTASY | FICTION | ADVENTURE

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FANTASY | HORROR ADVENTURE

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MIXED-GENRES

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WE NEED YOUR HELP
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NO SMALL POTATOES FOUNDATION

Year Founded: 2019

 

No Small Potatoes is a non-profit organization (501c3) dedicated to Mental Health Awareness.​ Our mission is to promote, advocate, and spread awareness & tolerance.

​The foundation aims to raise money to support underprivileged communities everywhere.

Website: https://nosmallpotatoesfou.wixsite.com/website

THANKS IN ADVANCE

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Maya Movement is a documentary dedicated to mental health awareness, focusing on the caregivers' struggles & triumphs, who have unwavering support for their loved ones. Our mission is to promote and advocate awareness & tolerance through our upcoming movie, "MAYA."

Our team would like to thank you for your donations and support. Just a little help makes a difference in someone's life. Helping others is not a chore; it is the greatest gift. "THE POWER OF CARING SAVES LIVES! "

Please click the link below for our GoFundMe page.

FILM FESTIVAL
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Zatori Films, in collaboration with the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Chicago (TECO), cordially invites you to the inaugural Taiwan Pride Film Festival Chicago. This event will showcase an exciting lineup of films, aiming to showcase the rich diversity of Taiwan's film industry while promoting LGBTQ+ visibility and pride. Notably, Taiwan made history on May 24, 2019, by becoming the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, making a significant milestone for marriage equality in the region. The Taiwan Pride Film Festival Chicago will take place on June 19, 2024, at CineCity Studios during Pride Month. We carefully curated a selection of LGBTQ+ films from Taiwan to screen, ensuring the festival will captivate audiences with unique perspectives and powerful storytelling.

OUR MEDIA 

AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM

AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM

MAYA

LUNA-TIC

AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM

AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM

BLANK WALL

Daniel's Reindeer

AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM

AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM

The Vlogger's Nightmare

Raven's Last Prophecy

AWARD-WINNING COMMERCIAL NARRATIVE

WE ARE PROUD ZATORIANS

MARIA BRENDA ACOPIADO

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER | FOUNDER

Maria, an award-winning Director, Screenwriter, Producer, and Actress, is the resilient Founder of Zatori Films, an independent film production company in Chicago.

 

Hailing from the Philippines, her journey as an immigrant overcoming abuse, criticism, and racial hate has shaped her into a courageous and determined woman. Her impactful work has garnered recognition in various film festivals, while her commitment to community service led her to found the No Small Potatoes Foundation, advocating mental health awareness for underserved communities.

 

Maria's versatility extends to her roles as a former President of the Chicago Eagles Wings Lions Club and a notable speaker at the 2019 Period Day Rally. She received recognition for exemplary community service from the Asian-American Coalition of Chicago. 

 

Continuously donning multiple hats in the industry, she remains dedicated to honing her craft, fueled by her belief that success is earned, not given.

SOME AWARDS

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CONTACT

CineCity Studios Chicago

2429 W 14th St, Suite 407

Chicago, IL, USA

Tel: (773) 414-0256

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