Sonia Beckwith Cole

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I make paintings, animations and videos that talk about bodies and how they touch their environments. I poke fun at feminine cliche’s and tingle the senses by making images that are both pretty and strangely uncomfortable. 

Sonia Beckwith is graduating with a BFA from the Digital Painting Expanded Animation program at OCAD University with a minor in creative writing. She has created music videos for artists such as Bernice (Arts and Crafts) and Kevin Hearn (True North). Her work has been shown in festivals such Long winter in 2018, the Local Exposure film festival presented by the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) in 2017 and the Images festival in collaboration with Nicole Jisoo at Xpace gallery in 2018. Beckwith is a recipient of the 2019 Career Launcher fund from the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers at OCAD University and the 2017 Joseph Muscat Scholarship for academic achievement.

St. Lucia - "... [A] sparse and stunning animated video. Forms move nonlinearly, with compromised gravity; they’re from another dimension, but one you’ve visited in a dream—undeniably fantastical, yet undeniably human." - Amileah Sutliff (

Interview with Insomniac Film Festival



Creative Work Experience

OCAD University (BFA)

BFA in Digital Painting/Animation witha minor in creative writing



- Full Adobe suiteincluding Animate (Flash), Photoshop and After Effects

- 2D animation(Character, VFX, motion graphics)

- Storyboard /Layout Design

- Post Production /video editing in Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro

- Color Correction

- Compositing

Professional Experience

True North Records (Contract)

Director and animator, music video for KevinHearn’s: The Silent Collapse (to be released)


The Centre for Social Innovation (Contract)

Graphic designer, logo design


OCAD University

Student Animation Mentor, Centre for EmergingArtists and Designers.

Sep 2018-Present

Arts and Crafts Records (Contract)

Director and animator, music video for Bernice’s: SaintLucia


Blame your Brother Animation Studio

Animation Intern: Character design, flash animation

2016 - 2017

OCAD University

IT Classroom Assistant

Sep 2018-Present

OCAD University

Student Advisor, ITCG Steering Committee


The Drake AV - Video Art Summer Residency

Director/animator of 5 short experimental videosfor the Drake Hotel

June-Sep 2017

OCAD University

AV/IT Student Monitor


Exhibitions / Screenings


  • Insomniac Film Festival. Wet.  5:00.  July 2018. The Royal Theatre, Toronto
  • Expedition: Elsewhere - Curated by Philip Ocampo and Amanda Low. Tween Place. April 2018,  Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto
  • Long Winter. Pillow Party. March 2018. Tranzac Club, Toronto


  • Drake AV / Video Art Residency. Dirty, Wet, Hot, Air. June - September, 2017. Toronto
  • DRAKE AV Programme Launch + Video Art Party. Dirty, Wet, Hot. video installation. 15:37. September 13, 2017. The Drake Hotel, Toronto
  • Insomniac Film Festival. St. Lucia. 4:05. August 2017. Royal Theater, Toronto
  • Local Exposure Animation Festival by Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) St. Lucia. 4:05. April 28, 2017. Royal Theater, Toronto
  • Augmented Cinema Film Festival. St. Lucia. May 5 2017. Royal Theater, Toronto


  • OCAD University. Pillow Party - January 2016. Toronto
  • Breaking Medium - OCAD University Ada Slaight Gallery. Chromakey Pink. February 2016. Toronto
  • Festival of the Body - OCAD University. Content Aware / Body Aware. February 2016. Toronto


Augmented Cinema Film Festival. The Lion At Home. 1:18. May, 2014. The Royal Theatre, Toronto 

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