• First Name Soudade
  • Surname Kaadan
  • Country of Origin Syria
  • Country of Residence Lebanon


Soudade Kaadan is a Syrian director, born in France. She studied theater criticism at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Syria and filmmaking in Saint Joseph University (IESAV) Lebanon. Her films have screened at several venues nationally and internationally and have received international awards. Her first feature fiction film THE DAY I LOST MY SHADOW was awarded THE LION OF THE FUTURE award for best debut film in Venice Film Festival 2018, and the jury prize for directing at LA Festival and has been screened in several festivals: TIFF, BFI, Busan and IFFR. Her recent short film Aziza won Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 2019.



• “Nezouh” a feature fiction film in development. Writer and director: Soudade Kaadan. Producer KAF Production. Winner of Baumi Award for script development in 2018. • “Aziza” short fiction film 13 minute written and directed by Soudade Kaadan- Producer KAF Production- 2019. Winner of Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Documentary • “The Day I lost My Shadow” a 93 minutes feature fiction film -Writer and director: Soudade Kaadan. Producer KAF Production in coproduction with Acrobates Films. Winner of The Lion of The Future Award for best Debut Film at Venice Film Festival 2018. “Obscure” 67 minutes documentary film. Writer and Director: Soudade Kaadan. Producer: KAF Production- 2017. Premiere CPHDOX March 2017 and Nominated for Dox Awards. • “Besieged Bread” a 12’ minute short fiction. Director: Soudade Kaadan- Production: KAF Production 2015. Awards: Malmo Arab Film Festival Special Mention 2016. • “Damascus Roof and Tales of Paradise” a 51 minutes documentary film on fairy tales of Damascus- director: Soudade Kaadan- Production: Aljazeera Documentary Channel – Damascus- August 2010 Awards: - Winner of MUHR ARAB DOCUMENTARY/ the second prize in Dubai Film Festival 2010- UAE - Winner of TRT International Documentary Film Award- Special prize from ministry of culture and Arts. Turkey 2011 - Winner of "Mediterranean Art, Heritage and Culture" prize at The PriMed, International Festival for Mediterranean Documentary and Current Affair film CMCA • " Two cities and a prison” a 39 minutes documentary film- Director: Soudade Kaadan- Damascus-2008


  • Winner of Sundance Grand Jury Prize for short film.,Winner of The Lion of The Future Award for best Debut Film at Venice Film Festival 2018.

Position / Profession

  • Director
  • Editor
  • Producer
  • Education level Licence
  • Years of experience 10 years
  • Employment Self employed
  • Company Name KAF Production
  • Year of service 6 years

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