my name is Thiago Zanato and I am a Film Director and Creative Director living in Los Angeles, California. I have 16+ years of experience in advertising and I worked for several of the biggest agencies and production companies in the US (TBWA, AKQA, CP+B, B-Reel and others) and Brazil (Isobar/Dentsu and Black Magic/IPG).

In 2017, I directed the short film "La Flaca" (The Bony Lady) about a transgender Mexican woman and leader of the Saint Death (Santa Muerte) cult in Queens, NY. The film was highly acclaimed and has entered over 50 film festivals around the world.

I am currently directing my first feature documentary "Esu and the Universe" about an African god brought to the Americas by the enslaved Yoruba people. Shot in Nigeria, Brazil and across Europe.

Currently, I am available for commercial work and continue develop personal projects.

Film Festivals:

  • 32nd Fribourg International Film Festival

  • 28th Message to Man

  • 29th New Orleans Film Festival

  • 42nd Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival

  • 40th Havana Film Festival

  • 22nd Queer Lisboa

  • 21st Guanajuato International Film Festival

  • 28th Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival

  • 15th OutFest Fusion Film Festival

  • and many others.

Advertising Awards:

  • 9 Cannes Lions ;

  • Cannes Young Lions Winner ;

  • 6 Pencils in One Show ;

  • 4 Clio Awards ;

  • 1 Grand Prix and 3 Golds in the London International Advertising Awards.

  • Sundance Film Festival - Opening Night