Born in Bali to an Indonesian father and Polish mother, Soma Helmi grew up somewhere between Indonesia, Australia, and the US. In 2009, Soma decided to pursue film making after many years as an Art Director in web, advertising and photography.
Her debut short film – The Angel & Rajapala – won the short film competition at BALINALE International Film Festival in 2009. Her work has now been screened at film festivals around the world including Sundance Film Festival, Anchorage Film Festival, WOW Film Festival, Sydney, and Short & Sweet Film Festival in the UK.
Soma is credited as co-director on the ground breaking film ‘Life in a Day’ directed by Academy Award winning Director Kevin Macdonald and produced by Ridley Scott and YouTube. Her footage was chosen from over 80,000 entries worldwide. She was then amongst only 20 film makers invited to attend the premier of Life in A Day at Sundance in 2011.
Other credits include Grand Prize winner of MOFILM Sydney 2013, multiple appearances on FashionTV and a music video for one of Indonesia’s top pop musicians.
She is in the process of writing and co-writing several short films as well as editing/co-writing a feature documentary. Soma currently travels between Bali, Australia and the USA.