Sheila M. Sofian's films are a hybrid of documentary and animation. Sofian has produced seven independent animated films. Her films have exhibited internationally at the Annecy Animation Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Zagreb Animation Festival, and CaixaForum in Barcelona, Spain, among others. Sofian's films are distributed educationally and in home video markets. 

Professionally, Sofian’s freelance work includes animation for the feature film "Closetland", titles for the feature film "10 Things I Hate About You", “The Strip”, and MTV. She has also worked as staff animator for Metapa, Inc.

Sofian studied at The United World College of South East Asia in Singapore and Old Dominion University in Virginia before receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Animation at the Rhode Island School of Design and her Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.

Sofian has taught painting-on-glass and documentary animation workshops internationally at several institutions including the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, Tokyo University of the Arts, Central Academy Of Fine Art in Beijing, China, the University Of Buffalo and the Kansas City Art Institute.  She developed curriculum and designed coursework for Documentary Animation Production and has written on the subject.
Sofian was head of the Animation Program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia from 1992-1997. She chaired the Animation Program at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita from 2001-2006. Sofian is currently a Professor at the University of Southern California where she has been teaching since 2006. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Short Films and Feature Animation branch.

Selected Articles / Reviews

The Native Society profile, September 2, 2015

Animation Career Review Interview, July 13, 2015

ZippyFrames.com, Review of "Truth Has Fallen", by Vassilis Kroustallis,June 2014

AnimaMundi Festival Blog(in Portugese,) Review of "Truth Has Fallen", July 2014

One North UWCSEA Alumni Magazine, Profile, by Brenda Whately, December 2013

Lowry News, Review of "Truth Has Fallen", byTate Hageman, November 2013

Animated Documentary, Interview by Julie Malmstrøm, seeviomedia.com,  September 2012

FESTIVAL: The Wheat From The Chaff: A First-Time Programmer At The Human Rights Watch Internationalby Mark Rabinowitz IndieWIRE.com, Review of "A Conversation with Haris"July 2002

Animator Captures Harsh Topic on Film,  by Hal Marcovitz, The Morning Call, PA, Review of "Survivors", June 1998