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.

Category Archives: Short Film


Posted on January 30, 2012 by

Well, it’s official. My videos are going up on FashionTV! I had an email a couple of weeks back from their content editor asking if I would be interested in sending them my fashion films, and being suspicious of net spam, I didn’t let myself get too excited. I sent a polite reply asking where… (continue reading)

Showreel 2012

Posted on January 10, 2012 by

Just finished editing my latest showreel, updated with projects up to 2012.

Logo for Flying Fish productions

Posted on December 31, 2011 by

My new official logo for my productions – Flying Fish.

New Short Film: Out of Time

Posted on December 30, 2011 by

My latest short film, starring the ever patient and brilliant Isaac Lubow. This is pretty much how I feel every time I make a script or movie. The ending…not so much every time.

New short film: LIES

Posted on December 13, 2011 by

I was feeling a little bit melancholy about the time it was taking to produce Mermaids. So many complications, people leaving the country, crew going awol etc etc. It was all getting a bit much and I just had an itch to make a short, now! I decided to sit down and write something quickly… (continue reading)

New Short film – Reload

Posted on September 21, 2011 by

Found a short film that I had been working on for a while – shot it in July before going to London. Finally got around to finish editing it and am publishing it for all to see. About: a man, a beige office and a magic click.