Director. Actor. Producer. Writer. Full of it.
Leaving Michiana (2021)
"Leaving Michiana" is an independent short film written, directed, and co-produced by and starring Sofia Lynch. The 21-minute short was shot on next-to-no budget, in under a week across rural Michigan.
"Leaving Michiana" has entered the festival circuit, and has already been honored with some magnificent awards and nominations:
"Outstanding Achievement Award (Women Short)" — August Edition of the IndieX Film Fest
"Best Actress" awarded to Sofia Lynch — New York Neorealism Film Awards
"Best Original Screenplay" Nominee — August Edition of the IndieX Film Fest
"Best First Time Female Filmmaker" Nominee — August, IndieX Film Fest; September, Indie Short Fest
"Best Women Short" Nominee — August, IndieX Film Fest; September, Indie Short Fest
Meet Sofia Lynch
Sofia Lynch was born and raised in Metro Detroit, Michigan — brought up on comedy movies, Greek heritage, and Motown music. While attending the University of Michigan, Sofia discovered a deep passion for being anywhere near the creative process — writing, producing, acting, and finally, directing. In her senior year, Sofia was selected to direct a 30-minute comedy for the Senior Capstone class, the product of which debuted at the Traverse City Film Festival. Following her success in college, Sofia moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of working in the industry and snagged a job as a Writer’s PA for a Netflix show. In the job search after that show, Sofia reconnected with her true passion of acting and has been pursuing on screen and on stage opportunities ever since. Sofia recently released her first independent short, "Leaving Michiana," which she wrote, produced, directed, and starred in, and has had some festival success already. Following this release, Sofia moved back to LA to work as a COVID PA for HBO's Barry and plans to continue pursuing her acting career whenever possible. Sofia is actively seeking representation.
"Sofia is a natural born leader and an extraordinary talent. Sofia served as co-showrunner and writer on the TV pilot El Quetzal Verde. She guided each aspect of the production, including writing, casting and design. When the production was over, she was offered the position of director for FTVM 423, the highest level production class in the film department.... Sofia has accomplished so much with the kind of character, humbleness, and humor that makes many fellow artists want to work with her."
Student Leadership Award presented by the University of Michigan
Awards & Recognition
Outstanding Achievement Award in Women Short
September 1st, 2021
Sofia Lynch was ecstatic to win her first ever film festival award from the IndieX Film Festival, based in Los Angeles. Sofia was nominated for Best First Time Female Director, Best Women Short, and Best Original Screenplay.
Student Leadership Award
Sofia was absolutely blown away by the honor of receiving the "Student Leadership Award" in the Fine Arts category. Sofia was nominated by fellow students and staff, and was the singular individual to win this award from the University of Michigan in 2019.
Producer of the Year
During her college years, Sofia spent most of her time producing, writing, and hosting a political satire show through the student organization WOLV-TV. After two years of dedicating most of her days and life force to creating "Michigan Time," Sofia was given the Producer of the Year Award and she totally didn't cry.
First Place - 48 Hour competition
Sofia teamed up with her creative partner and boyfriend, Frank Allen, and their friend Julian Pozza to create the short film, "Something Human." Inspired by the endless hours of Planet Earth that they have consumed, the creative trio took the competition as a chance to flex their comedic and heartfelt spirits, and ultimately took the win!
Traverse City Film Festival
Sofia's directorial debut
Director of Weiner Police
Despite not being a film major, Sofia was invited to direct the comedy movie being produced by the film department's highest level class. Directing Weiner Police, written by the wickedly funny Sophia Georginis, was a truly life changing experience for Sofia.
"Co-showrunner" and Writer on Quetzal Verde
For her first ever contact with film production, Sofia was quickly promoted from Writer to Co-showrunner. Although this set had grueling hours and terrible scheduling headaches, it's where she really caught the bug for being a part of the movie magic.
TV Beat Editor for The Michigan Daily
When Sofia first transferred to Michigan, she started working at The Michigan Daily, within a month, and was an editor before the end of the semester. This love for journalism was carried over from her time as a Managing Editor at her community college's award-winning newspaper. In both positions, she oversaw teams of 15+
Producer/Host/Writer for Michigan Time
The student-run political satire show "Michigan Time" was the first extracurricular Sofia joined at U of M and she was just hooked by the experience. By the end of the semester, she was made a producer, and for the following year, she took over the show as host and head producer.