Ahoi! I’m Sonja and I enjoy animation, graphic design and film. 

I produce and create my own short films but also love to collaborate with my folks at the Talking Animals Animation Collective and Studio Pauke.

After finishing my animation degree from the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, I’ve had the chance to create some award-winning films, team up with talents from around the world, share my knowledge through teaching and explore different corners of the globe. If you’re interested in collaborating, drop a line. 

–   film(a)sonjarohleder(dot)de



2023  Somni

2019  Nest

2019  Quiet

2015  Junges Blut

2014  Dame mit Hund

2012  Kolumbus

2009  Cocoon Child


ZDF Frontal 21


Green Peace



Climate Media Factory



Awards / TALKS / Residencies


. Artist in Residence at MASH Denpasar, Indonesia

. Special prize at Hiroshima International Animation Festival (Nest)

. Best short film at Anilogue (Dame mit Hund)

. Special-FBW price at interfilm Berlin (Nest)

Artist in Residence at CUC Bejing China

. Best national animated short film at Filmfest Schlingel (Nest)

. Best Mini Short Family & Children at Sapporo International Short Film Fest (Nest)

. Best European short film / ECFA price at BFF Kristiansand (Somni)

. World Animation Award 2014 – 28th Leeds International Film (Dame mit Hund)

. Audience Prize at Les Nuits Magiques festival (Nest)

. The Golden Helmet Award at Filmed By Bike (Dame mit Hund)

. DEFA Promotion Prize Animation at Filmfest Dresden (Dame mit Hund)