Midi Onodera is an award-winning filmmaker and media artist who has been making films and videos for 35+ years. In 2018, Midi received the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts. Her work is laced with markers of her experiences as a feminist, lesbian, Japanese-Canadian woman. She has produced over 25 independent shorts, ranging from 16mm film to digital video to toy camera formats. Her film The Displaced View (1988) was nominated for Best Documentary at the Gemini Awards. Skin Deep (1995), her theatrical feature, screened internationally at festivals including the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Since 2006 she has made over 500 Vidoodles (defined as bite-sized 30 second to 2 minute video doodles). Each year since 2009 she presents an annual video project addressing themes of language, media, politics and everyday life. Her online videos can be viewed at: www.midionodera.com.
Ontario College of Art & Design University
The moving image and diverse exhibition frameworks; cultural community development; creative practice in the everyday.
The moving image in relationship to historical technologies and practices beyond the screen. Feminist narratives. Toy cameras and visual culture. Small format and mobile video.
Awards and Grants
2018 GOVERNOR GENERAL’S AWARD in Visual and Media Arts
2018 PREMIERE’S AWARD for EXCELLENCE in the ARTS, Finalist
2015 TORONTO URBAN FILM FESTIVAL, Lifetime Achievement Award
2008 TORONTO REEL ASIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Honourable Mention
2006 ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL, Honorable Mention Award
2006 MOBIFEST, Honorable Mention Award
2001 BEST LESBIAN SHORT FILM, Sapphos 2001 Movie Award, Girlfriends magazine
Onodera, Midi. “Movies in Miniature: A Visual Essay.” Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, Fall 2013, No. 55, https://ejumpcut.org/archive/jc55.2013/OnoderaMinMovies/index.html
Midi Onodera. TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HAND, playtime I inside my head, solo exhibition and group exhibition (online). Sept 4 – Oct. 10, 2020.Centre for artistic + social practice, Hamilton, ON.
SELECTED SOLO SCREENINGS:
Midi Onodera. Out of Place: Spotlight on the Super 8 Films of Midi Onodera”, July 9 – 11, 2021
The 8Fest, Toronto, ON. “curated by Milada Kovacova.
Midi Onodera featuring Marjorie Beaucage, Christene Brown, Sylvia D. Hamilton, Maria Teresa Larrain, Dr. Michelle Mohabeer, Leila Sujir, Zainub Verjee. Project Mangers: Mikiki & Morgan Sears-Williams. “Superwomen: Conversations with Real Action Figures.” CFMDC: The Breadth Of, online symposium. March 27 – April 30, 2021. https://www.cfmdc.tv/works/superwomen-conversations-with-the-real-action-figures