Jude Abadi

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  • Country:   Canada
  • Province/State:   Ontario
  • City:   Toronto
  • How do you Identify?:   Female
  • Experience Level:   Mid-Career
  • Field of Work:   Fiction/Scripted, Comedy Series, Drama Series, Kids, Lifestyle/Reality TV, Narrative Film, Documentary, Commercials, Music Videos, and Other
  • Union:   Non-Union
  • Interested In:   For-Hire Work
  • Recent Credits:   Weirdos (Webseries)
  • Authorized to work in the USA?:   No
  • Contact Information:   judeabadi@gmail.com
  • Link:   http://www.judeabadi.com/


I am a Canadian cinematographer currently based in Toronto. I am an Affiliate Member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC).

After getting my BFA in Interior Architecture, I became increasingly unfulfilled due to the limitations in the field. I was in search of a medium that would serve as an outlet for my creativity so I took up photography as a hobby. I dedicated my time photographing sporting events like the UFC. I also got involved in documenting the human cost of war by photographing and filming refugees in camps on the Syrian borders with Turkey and Lebanon while on humanitarian aid missions. I was shortlisted in the Fine Arts Photography Awards 2014-2015.

I was drawn more intensely to film as I came to understand it as the medium of mood, atmosphere, spaces and storytelling. Additionally, my Iraqi-Syrian heritage and a life lived between Toronto, Abu Dhabi, London and Los Angeles, have greatly influenced not only my personal identity, but my artistic and creative drive too.

I started working on short films as a producer, electrician and grip and was the lead Production Designer on Abdullah, an Emirati feature film. These opportunities were rich and deepened my love of film but I needed more.

I moved to Los Angeles in 2016 and got a MFA in Cinematography. I continued to work regularly as both a first and second camera assistant on everything from TV shows and feature films to shorts, music videos and commercials.

I have won several awards for my cinematography on the short film The End of the World.

I speak English and Arabic.