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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 to ensure that each video we produce is smart, engaging, and achieves its purpose.

 

ZATORI Films consists of a diverse group of Asian-American filmmakers. The majority are female professionals who are passionate about making a difference. We dedicate our lives to producing one-of-a-kind and rewarding projects. Our mission is to advocate mental health awareness by helping underserved communities everywhere.

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

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OUR PROJECTS

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MAYA "the Sacrifice"

FEATURE  FILM

(Dark Fantasy Horror)

 

 

LOGLINE:  

The mother’s worst nightmare becomes real when her daughter is abducted by the scariest creature alive, remembering the past journey that takes her back to where it all started.

YEAR:  2019  |  Award-Winning Short Concept

SYNOPSIS:

Maya Johnson has been having recurring nightmares after her father’s death. She will travel back to the Philippines with her daughter, Mira, and her best friend, Shayne, to bury her dad’s ashes next to her mother's grave. Although hesitant about the upcoming travel, she will honor her father’s wish. Maya’s mother died when she was born. She moved to Chicago with her father when she was 17 and hasn't been back since. The nervous mother has mixed emotions about their trip, worrying for her daughter’s safety.

Maya's worst fear becomes real. Her daughter's life is in the hands of a dangerous creature. She is terrified and must act fast to save her only child, taking her back to the familiar remote village where it all started. She finally unravels the truth about her mother’s bloodline that her father kept secret. The amulet necklace that she’s been wearing all her life. Now, Maya must choose to accept who she is or lose her daughter for good.

The great battle between the brave mother and the head of the creature leaves Maya lifeless on the ground. Mira performs the never-done-before ancient ritual to save her mother. Will the daughter succeed?

MAYA "the Sacrifice" is a film for a cause dedicated to Mental Health Awareness. Based on a story of a mother's challenges and struggles in caring for her daughter, that suffers from mental illness. She's fighting the greatest battle of her life that no one can fathom.  It is 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 seat and your eyes glued to the screen.

WE ARE PROUD OF THIS PASSION PROJECT. THE SHORT TEASER CONTINUES TO THRIVE, WINNING OVER 180 AWARDS & ACCOLADES IN THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD.

THE LAST PRANK

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SHORT FILM/ PROOF OF CONCEPT

(Psychological Thriller)

 

LOGLINE: 

The young man’s pranks finally catch up to him when his mother is murdered inside their home, vowing to find the killer for revenge.

YEAR:  2019 | Nominated Short Concept

 

SYNOPSIS:

A young man named Charlie loves to prank-call his friends and neighbors. His best friend, Marcus, warned him to stop before he got caught. But Charlie is ignoring his friend’s advice.

 

One day, Charlie got a shocking call that changed his life forever. His mother was murdered in their own home. The karma finally came for him and he's remorseful about it. Now, he is on the hunt to find the killer. He will not stop until he avenges his mother's death. And will do his investigation, starting with his neighbors. Will Charlie finds the culprit before they get to him?

 

The Last Prank is a story of mystery and vengeance. 

THE SHORT CONCEPT RECEIVES ACCOLADES & RECOGNITIONS AND CONTINUES TO THRIVE IN THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD. THE FIRST OF MANY SHORT FILMS.

DANIEL'S REINDEER

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SHORT FILM/ PROOF OF CONCEPT

(Holiday Family Miracle)

 

LOGLINE:  

The ornament brings miracles to the struggling mother and son and will unite the son with the grandmother he never met.

YEAR:  2020 | Nominated Short Concept

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

The undocumented immigrant mother to an autistic boy, Josephine Bautista, works as a caregiver for seniors. The unprecedented pandemic that shook the whole world left Josephine and her son homeless. Thanks to her friend, Terah, for taking them in temporarily. Regardless of all the obstacles, the mother is optimistic that everything will be okay.

Daniel was diagnosed with autism when he was little. Despite his condition, he has a happy outlook on life. His father left when he was a baby. Josephine takes on the role of mother and father to her son.  The only thing Daniel has from his father is the wooden ornament reindeer that his mother gave him, and he wears it as a necklace. The teen always has his reindeer with him wherever he goes. Little did he know that the wooden ornament would turn their lives around for the better.

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

MAYA MOVEMENT

REACH OUT & LISTEN PROJECT

(Mini Docu-series)

 

 

YEAR:  In Development

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

MAYA Movement is a mini-docu series dedicated to Mental Health Awareness. The Mental Health crises are at their peak, and suicide among 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 basics and unplug. 

THE POWER OF CARING SAVES LIVES!

GIDEON SKKY

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FEATURE  FILM

(Sci-Fi Fantasy)

 

 

LOGLINE:  

A human-like AI boy from the future end up in the present world that is on the brink of collapsing, which takes him on an adventure of a lifetime.

YEAR:  In Development

SYNOPSIS:

The 13yo, Gideon Skky, finds himself traveling back in time to a world of chaos and catastrophe. The boy doesn't know why he ended up in unfamiliar territory. His adventure begins with finding his way back home with the help of his new friends.

The abilities Gideon possesses surprise everyone. He is celebrated and envied at the same time. Humans can be cruel and want to experiment on him, but his friends risk their lives to save him. Now, it’s the AI teen’s turn to save his friends from the coming apocalypse. Will he succeed? Can Gideon find his way home before it’s too late?

BLANK WALL

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SHORT FILM/ PROOF OF CONCEPT

(Sci-fi Mystery Thriller)

 

 

LOGLINE:  

A known screenwriter is on top of her game, but the recent health scare changes her life completely, unraveling the truth about her existence.

YEAR:  2020  |  Award-winning Short Concept

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

Brenna White, a rising screenplay writer, is celebrated for her recent big win. She's been recognized for her unique writing style and has received various prestigious awards, earning respect from her peers. Brenna is proud and grateful for what she has accomplished. And keeps pushing herself toward her big goal of winning the coveted Oscars. She will not stop until she achieves it.

One recent life-changing event shook Brenna’s world apart. She was devastated and angry at the circumstances, considering that her dreams finally came true. It took her a while to accept her faith.

 

A sound of a laptop keyboard startled her and woke her up in the middle of the night. Upon her investigation, 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. She vows to solve the mystery that she just unfolded.

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

LUNA-TIC

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SHORT FILM/ PROOF OF CONCEPT

(Sci-fi Thriller)

 

 

LOGLINE:  

The woman's attempt to save humanity failed and ended her being confined to an asylum for dangerous criminals, where her adventures begin after meeting her defense lawyer.

YEAR: 2021  |  Award-Winning Short Film

 

SYNOPSIS:

A convicted felon, Luna Doe, was charged with double homicide for killing her unborn twins. She insists that she’s innocent since the twins are cyborgs implanted inside her to kill everyone. And that she intends to save humanity from extinction.

Instead of imprisoning Luna while waiting for her trial, the state ordered her to be admitted to Bradley Institution, a mental health facility for dangerous criminals, for a psychiatric evaluation. Luna remained quiet, not talking to anyone until Jacob Shaw, the state-appointed defense lawyer for her, showed up, handling the riveting case. The convicted felon trusted her new attorney.

Jacob discovers that his client has no records of her existence. He is now deep in finding out what happened, believing his client’s story. The brilliant lawyer helps the convicted felon escape. Together, they go on a thrill-chilling goose ride of their lives to save humankind. Will the dynamic duo ​succeed and finds out the truth?

WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT SHORT FILM/ CONCEPT CONTINUES TO THRIVE, WINNING OVER 80 AWARDS & ACCOLADES IN THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD.

THE VLOGGER'S NIGHTMARE

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SHORT FILM/ PROOF OF CONCEPT

(Psychological Thriller)

LOGLINE:  

​In what was supposed to be an exciting time at the forest preserve, the nature video blogger runs into a scary situation that leaves her on the ground, bleeding to death.

YEAR:  2022 I Award-winning Short Concept

 

SYNOPSIS:

Tanya Lopez, a nature photographer. She’s known and respected in her community and is taking her career to the next level. She is transitioning to video blogging like everyone in her community, capitalizing on her talent.

One cold, bright day, Tanya is excited to start her very first on-site video blog. She packs her equipment and drives to the nearest forest preserve, capturing the beautiful nature in the middle of the winter season.

Tanya walks around the preserve, enjoying her surroundings, and finds the perfect spot to vlog. As she is setting up her equipment, she is startled upon hearing a familiar sound that she did not anticipate. The vlogger quietly walks away to investigate and is terrified of what she’s witnessing. She is shaking and runs swiftly away from danger, but she fails.  Will she survive the hellish nightmare that she's about to endure?

OUR FIRST BUT NOT THE LAST SMARTPHONE SHORT FILM/ CONCEPT WON & EARNED ACCOLADES AND CONTINUES TO THRIVE IN THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD.

RAVEN'S LAST PROPHECY

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SHORT FILM/ PROOF OF CONCEPT

(Psychological Thriller Horror)

 

 

LOGLINE: 

The soul healer’s journey is about to take a turn for the worst when an unforeseen dark danger lurks around and is coming for her.

YEAR:  2022 | Award-winning Short Concept

 

SYNOPSIS:

One of Raven Zamora’s abilities is to heal sinners and weakened souls. She can also feel people’s energy, foresee danger, and predicts the future. Raven came from a long line of soul healers and is the last one of her kind. But helping her patients transition to the afterlife is her strong suit.

Little did Raven know that an unexpected call soon changed her life. Meeting the devil in sheep's clothes made the healer powerless. And the unforeseen dark force that is unfolding will haunt her. Will Raven escape from the predicament she’s in? And will her power return in time of need?

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.

I KILLED MYSELF

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FEATURE  FILM

(Psychological Thriller)

LOGLINE:  

The woman abruptly opens her eyes, panics in her mind when she can’t move her body, then soon realizes that she’s not in her cozy home anymore but inside a closed casket.

YEAR:  In Development

 

SYNOPSIS:

Ivy Alvarez is a successful entrepreneur and businesswoman. She is over the moon about her upcoming nuptials to a handsome and successful architect and has been dreaming of this moment. Her wish finally comes true.

One ill-fatal day, she finds herself inside a dark casket, with no recollection of how she got there. The terrified bride escapes from the scary ordeal. But soon finds out that her identity was stolen away from her, losing everything and anyone she had. Ivy is determined to find who's behind her failed death. Will she find out the truth and take back the life she once had?

YA -YA

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FEATURE FILM

(Horror)

 

 

LOGLINE: 

The happy couple is over the moon with their newborn baby, but their lives are about to turn upside down, and the beginning of the many frightening occurrences after moving to their dream home.

YEAR:  In Development

 

SYNOPSIS:

Melanie Velasco and Justyna Campbell are a perfect couple, blessed with a beautiful daughter. They are excited about their new journey, starting with moving to their dream home. The only thing the couple is missing is the perfect nanny for their bundle of joy.  It takes them a while to finally find the right person that fits the criteria.

Alas, the loving parents find what their looking for and are ecstatic about the new nanny. But as soon as they moved to their new house, frightening occurrences started to happen, targeting their baby. Can they prevent the anomaly that they are facing to save their daughter?

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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.

ABOUT

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

 

Our team would like to thank you for your donations and support. 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.

MEDIA 

AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM

AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM

MAYA the Sacrifice

LUNA-TIC

AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILM

NOMINATED 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 TRAILER

WE ARE ZATORIANS

MARIA BRENDA ACOPIADO

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER | FOUNDER

Award-winning Director, Screenwriter, Producer, & Actress.  The Founder of an independent film production company in Chicago. A team of diverse minority filmmakers, the majority are female professionals, passionate about making a difference.

 

Maria was born and raised in the Philippines. She moved to the US in her early adulthood. As an immigrant, it was a struggle to fit in, and it took her longer to settle into her new home. Her overcoming abuse, criticism, and racial hate makes her who she is, a brave & strong woman. Maria is standing tall against all odds.

 

Her projects have been recognized and won various awards in the film festival circuit. A former President of the Chicago Eagles Wings Lions Club & a recipient of an exemplary community service certificate from Asian American Coalition of Chicago. She is also the founder of the newly-formed No Small Potatoes Foundation (501c3). A non-profit organization that advocates mental health awareness to help underserved communities everywhere. 

This passionate & dedicated filmmaker was highlighted along with her peers in 2020 as one of the emerging female filmmakers in Chicago. And was one of the invited speakers at the 2019 Period Day Rally.

 

Maria wears many hats. From writing, film directing, producing, acting, running her company and so much more. She continues to master her crafts and thrive in the industry she fell in love with. Her willingness to go above and beyond to get things done is one of her strong suits. Without a doubt, she will not stop learning & will continue to work harder to make her dreams a reality and will always be a student of life. Her favorite quote is, "Success is earned, not given."

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AWARDS

BEST SHORT

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BEST FANTASY

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BEST DRAMA

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BEST TRAILER

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BEST SCI-FI

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BEST EDITING

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BEST HAIR 

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BEST MOBILE

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BEST HORROR

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BEST DIRECTOR

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BEST MAKE-UP

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BEST SOUND

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BEST THRILLER

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BEST VFX

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BEST ENSEMBLE

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BEST SFX

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