Fernanda Valadez, born 1981, is a director and producer from Guanajuato, Mexico. She graduated from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC). Her first short film De este mundo, received the best short film award at the Guanajuato Film Festival. It was considered the best Mexican short of the year by the Mexican Chamber of Film industry. Her graduation short film 400 bags was selected for the editing Studio of the Berlinale Talents and received different awards around the world. It was also nominated as Best Short by the Mexican Academy of Cinematic Arts (Ariel) in 2015 and was a finalist of the Student Academy Awards in that same year. The script of her first feature Sin señas particulares was written with the grant young Artists of the Mexican Fund for the Arts (FonCA). The project later received funds from FoPRoCine (Mexican Fund for the Production of Quality Cinema) and recently post production funds from eFiCine. The film received the work in progress award of the San Sebastián Film Festival.
Magdalena hasn’t heard from her son in months—not since he left their town to cross the border into the United States. The authorities want her to sign her son’s death certificate, but an encounter with a bereaved parent makes Magdalena realize that she cannot live without knowing his fate. She begins an odyssey across Mexico, though areas of violence and desolation, chasing any available lead despite being warned not to publicly ask such questions. More