Martti Helde was born in Estonia in 1987. He studied film directing at the Tallinn University Baltic Film and Media School followed by a Master degree in stage directing. Additional to the university studies Helde has also refined himself in screenwriting, dramaturgy and directing actors via completing various workshops in Berlin, Ankara, Los Angeles and London.
His first feature length period drama ‘’In the Crosswind’’ (2014) was awarded the Best Film by the Estonian Film Journalist Union (member of FIPRESCI). The film was selected for the international Toronto Film Festival, making ‘’In the Crosswind’’ the first Estonian film included in the festival’s main program. Scandinavian Silence is his second feature.