Director, Animator, Concept Artist

Sonja graduated in animation at the HFF "Konrad Wolf" with her film COCOON CHILD, which could be seen at the Berlinale Generation Competition in 2009. Her next short film TANTO TANTO was commissioned by german television 3sat/ZDF in 2010. Since 2008 she directed and animated commercials, installations and music videos. In 2012 she started to give lectures at the HFF (University for Film and Television) and in 2014 she finished her new short film DAME MIT HUND.

  • 2019
    Das Schloss

    director, music video

  • 2019

    director, short film

  • 2019

    director, experimental film

  • 2015
    Junges Blut

    director, music video

  • 2014
    Dame mit Hund

    director, short film

  • 2009
    Cocoon Child

    director, short film


Das Schloss

music video 2D/ 3D computer 3:00 min © Sonja Rohleder 2019
Directed and animated by Sonja Rohleder   Music video for Keimzeit


Short Film Experimental 5:30 min © Sonja Rohleder 2019
Directed and animated by Sonja Rohleder
During a walk in the woods small and bigger things can be found.
  • Clermont Ferrand
  • Filmfest Dresden
  • Ottawa International Animation Festival

Filmfest Dresden Trailer 2017

Animation 2D Animation 00:42 min © Sonja Rohleder 2017
Animation by Sonja Rohleder / Music by Michał Krajczok  


Music Video Mixed Media 3:41 min © Warner Music 2014
Directed by Jan Koester
Music Video for Seeed - "Cherry Oh 2014".
The cruel nature disturbs a peaceful garden barbecue party.


Short Film Cut-Out, 2D, 3D 5:00 min © HFF Konrad Wolf 2009
Directed and animated by Sonja Rohleder
Cocoon Child is a poetic film about the imaginary world of an autistic child and shows a moment when her inner and outer worlds connect.
  • Producer: Helga Loebel
  • Editor: Maryna Shuklina
  • Berlinale Generation Kplus
  • Athens Animfest
  • Giffoni Film Festival
  • Fresh Film Fest Karlovy Vary
  • Anim'Est
  • Granada International Young Filmmakers Festival
  • Tricky Women
  • Anifest
  • Montreal Intl Children's Film Festival
  • Animabasauri
  • Animabasque
  • DOK Leipzig


music video 2D cut-out 4:30 min © Talking Animals 2012
Directed and animated by Sonja Rohleder & Veronika Samartseva
Columbus wakes up surrounded by rising waters and decides that instead of viewing this shock as a catastrophe he'll take it as an opportunity to set a course for his dreams. Faced with numerous hurdles and challenges en route to his goals, Columbus discovers that learning to appreciate the beauty in the journey and the unexpected is just as important as reaching your destination.  

Once i dreamt of Life - Animation Trailer

Animation Sequences 2D cutout 12:00 min © Mouka Filmi 2014
Animation Directed by Gregor Dashuber
"Once I Dreamt Of Life" is a feature length documentary film about suicide - a subject that people rarely want to talk about. It’s an account about one’s personal relation to suicide, but also studies suicide as social phenomena: What are the motives, warning signs and consequences? The film follows the journey of a young man, an animated character based on a real person, on his path towards suicide. The journey is described by people who’ve had encounters with suicide - parents who lost their child, young adults who considered or even tried committing suicide.
Official website of the film:


music video 2D computer 4:00 min © Sonja Rohleder 2015
Directed and animated by Sonja Rohleder
Music video for Keimzeit


Short Film Mixed Media, 2D 3:00 min © 3Sat, ZDF, HFF Konrad Wolf 2010
Directed and animated by Sonja Rohleder
Let's create something out of nowhere and see where it leads.
Tanto Tanto is a movie about the alchemy of paintings.
  • Producer: Helga Loebel
  • International Animation Festival Hiroshima
  • DOK Leipzig
  • Sicaf Animated Film Festival
  • Monstra Filmfestival
  • Festival de Cine de Elche
  • Trieste Film Festival


Animated Intro Cut-Out 2:00 min © Talking Animals 2011
Directed by Pauline Kortmann & Sonja Rohleder
Client: Stories Unlimited, Handwerkskammer Potsdam
It's the intro for an image film made by Stories Unlimited for the Handwerkskammer Potsdam (HWK). Follow the apprentice boy Sandro on his HKW organised trip to itlay, where he's learning to make Ciabatta.


A true story about a war and the tragic impact it has on the lives of three people. A production of the Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in co-production with Rundfunk-Berlin Brandenburg (rbb), funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.  
  • Director: Esther Niemeier
  • Producer: Britta Strampe
  • Montage: Sarah-Christin Peter
  • Writers: Esther Niemeier, Sarah-Christin Peter, Britta Strampe
  • Camera: Omri Aloni
  • Storyboard: Gregor Dashuber
  • Commissioning Editor: Rolf Bergmann
  • Animation Director: Jan Koester
  • Animation: Ines Gomes Ferreira, Laurine Kotte, Sonja Rohleder, Deniz Zagli, Anne Isensee, Gregor Dashuber, Dennis Zagli, Jan Koester
  • Sound: Alexandra Praet
  • Music: Robert Pilgram
  • Mixing: Christoph de la Chevallerie
  • Line Producer: Andrea Wohlfeil
  • Student Academy Award Finalist (Foreign Documentary)
  • Tampere Film Festival – International Competition * Winner Audience Award
  • International Student Film Festival Sehsüchte – Spotlight Production * Winner Best Production
  • Docaviv International Shorts Competition * Winner Best Short
  • Open Eyes Marburg * 1st Documentary Audience Award
  • Shortynale Klosterneuburg * Special Jury Award
  • FILMZ Mainz * Bester Dokumentarfilm
  • First Steps Award * Nominations for Best Documentary, Best Production (NO FEAR Award)
  • Milano Film Festival * Audience Award
  • Animatou International Animation Film Festival * Special Mention
  • Konstanzer * Audience Award
  • video/film tage Mainz * Sonderpreis der Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck * CineStar-Preis für den besten Kurzfilm


Music Video Mixed Media 3:27 min © Warner Music 2012
Directed by Jan Koester 
Music Video for Seeed - "Beautiful".
In this steampunk adventure the band drives through an abandoned city on a kinetic machine.

  • Production Management: Moritz Mayer 
  • Camera: Sebastian Klatt 
  • Camera Assistent: Olaf von Voss 
  • Gaffer: Marc Lontzek 
  • Lighting Technician: Waldemar Bruch 
  • Stunt Coordinator: Ralf Haeger 
  • Data Wrangler, Camera, Making-Of: Beatriz Barragan 
  • Intern Compositing: Jana Kritchever 
  • Intern 2D Animation: Anaiis Poilpre


Short Film 2D Computer 3:00 min © Sonja Rohleder 2014
Directed and animated by Sonja Rohleder
A woman walks her dog in the park, where she meets a man she would have liked to avoid. English title: Walk the Dog
  • Voices: Ivan Baio, Alberto Picciau, Francesca Pili, Ivana Mescalchin
  • Filmfest Dresden
  • Festival of Animated Films Stuttgart
  • Anifest
  • International Kurzfilmfestival Hamburg
  • Festival Plein La Bobine
  • Odense International Film Festival
  • DEFA Promotion Prize Animation at Filmfest Dresden
  • Special Mention of the National Youth Jury at Filmfest Dresden


Short Film 2D Computer 4:10 min © Sonja Rohleder 2019
Directed and animated by Sonja Rohleder A slightly naive paradise bird is going out of his way to attract a mate.
  • Animation: Sonja Rohleder 
  • Music: Jens Heuler
  • Mixing: Michał Krajczok
  • Additional instruments: Silke Büscherhoff and Esther Remmen


  • Berlinale
  • Annecy
  • FEST - New Directors
  • Cannes
  • Curtas Vila do Conde
  • Ottawa International Animation Festival
  • Goldener Spatz
  • Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
  • Guanajuato International Film Festival
  • Turku Animated Film Festival
  • Milano filmfestival
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Short Tiger 2019