Cady Abarca began his film career at a young age in Lima, Peru, where he worked as a Producer, Writer, and Assistant Director on more than a dozen 35-mm feature and short films.
After moving to New York City, Cady wrote, produced, and directed DANNY, his first 35-mm 18-minute film, shot in Lima, Peru. DANNY was funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and showcased at several international film festivals, including: Cannes, Montreal, Berlin, Oberhausen, London and Montecatini. DANNY also received the Director’s Choice Award‚ at the Black Maria Film Festival in New York and was later purchased by Canal + in France.
In 2002 Cady received his Masters’ (MFA) in Film Directing from Columbia University. Since then, Cady has written, directed and produced several award winning fiction and documentary films that have been broadcast on Canal Plus and Planete TV-France, and several other TV stations in Europe, Africa and Latin America.
Cady Abarca’s film ONE-DAY TRIP (El Viaje) won the 2006 Oscar in the Student Drama category. In 2008, Cady was selected to participate in NBC-Universal's Director-in-Training Program, where he worked on two Law & Order SVU episodes “Signature" and “Confession” in 2009.
Cady has received many awards, including best director from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (NBR), the United Nations Arts Fund grant and the New York State Council on the Arts grant three times. His films have been shown in international film festivals such as Berlin, Montreal, Tampere, Munich, Tokyo, Seoul, São Paulo, Paris, Toulouse, and London.
Cady has been a regular judge for the New York Festivals since 1996, and for the Emmy Awards, New York Chapter. He is also a member of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (NBR).
Currently, Cady is in the early stages of developing 2 feature-length screenplays: BROKEN BEAT, to be shot in Brazil and REMEMBER THE SCORPION, written by Isaac Goldemberg, to be produced by Lucuma Films. Additionally, Cady has been employed as a college professor in New York City since 2004, teaching direction, production, editing and writing.