Elsa Valdez is a multimedia filmmaker. A director, cinematographer, editor &

yoga teacher living and working in Los Angeles, California.


“Dynamic, experienced, resilient and creative with a natural eye for composition and lighting, Elsa is a versatile, professional filmmaker and collaborator.


Elsa’s professional film career began as a photographer and editor more than 2  decades ago.

Elsa has created music videos, documentaries, narratives, commercials, content for phone applications,

directed the live feed for concert music festivals, created the lighting for webisode series, feature and short narrative films and music videos.


In addition to mentoring young female filmmakers through the “She Sees” film program, Ms. Valdez volunteers for the Good Shepard Shelter for Homeless Women. The short film “No Women’s Face Remember” that Ms. Valdez directed the photography for screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.


Ms. Valdez was the Guest Artist in Residence at
Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen MI
Teaching Cinematography/Post Production & Editing, Fall 2018


Ms. Valdez is a 2007 graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography
with a BFA in Commercial Film and Video Production

Ms. Valdez is a 2009 graduate of The American Film Institute Conservatory
with a MFA in Cinematography


Ms. Valdez is an adjunct professor at California Institute of the Arts.