Cuban-born, Zaldívar lives and works in the United States.
Zaldivar completed both his BFA and a Masters of Fine Arts at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and also taught as an adjunct faculty there.
• tenured as full-time faculty at Miami International University's Institute of Art and Design.
• started his film career as a sound editor and designer, and worked in Academy Nominated films such as Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility;" "On the ropes" and on HBO’s America Undercover, for which he garnered an Emmy nomination.
• has had video art works screened at many festivals worldwide and broadcast on PBS, ABC, IFC, Showtime and WE.
• received numerous grants and awards.
• directing credits include "90 Miles" (PBS), "The Story of the Red Rose" (Showtime), "Palingenesis" and "Soldiers Pay" (IFC), co-directed with David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter) and Tricia Regan (Autism, the musical).
• served as a Juror for several mayor film festivals including the Sundance International Film Festival.
• is a Sundance Film Institute alumnus.
• recently co-founded the Miami Filmmakers Collective with a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Art Challenge grant and a matching grant from the Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.
• recently tenured with Doc Society (previously Britdoc Foundation) as the Outreach Director for Good Pitch Miami 2017 https://goodpitch.org/events/gpmia2017
• associate produced the theatrical feature doc "Buena Vista Social Club, Adios" 2017
• co-produced the VR film "A history of Cuban dance" (Sundance & SXSW 2016)
• is completing a VR doc entitled "SwampScapes" with Elizabeth Miller and Kim Grinfeder
• is producing Phonograph Films' first fiction feature film