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Maria Valdez is a Guatemalan-born, California-raised, award-winning director. Her goal as a filmmaker is to tell stories that reflect the diversity of the human spirit. Her passion is bringing human interest stories to life from the Latino perspective and amplifying authentic portrayals of Latina characters across multiple genres. She has applied her style and quality of work to almost every genre and has been recognized for her work ranging from comedy and drama to action.
Maria was selected to be part of the 2024 Alliance of Women's Directors Initiative. She was also part of multiple mentoring programs, including the Read Latinx Writers Initiative. Women in Film and Unlock Her Potential. Additionally. She is the recipient of The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Directing Fellowship, The Gerald Hughes Comedy Directing Fellowship, the Verna Fields Fellowship, The Motion Picture Association of America Award, and most recently, her film VIDA won the 2022 First Place Gold Circle Award from the Caucus Foundation along with a 60K Panavision Grant.
Maria was one of eighteen students selected into the prestigious UCLA film school and is a graduate of the MFA Writing/Directing program. She is also a Cal State University, Fullerton graduate, having received two B.A.s, one in Journalism and the other in Cinema & Television Studies. She currently has three award-winning short films
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