Martti Helde was born in Estonia in 1987. He had his first go at film-making when he was just 16, with the result causing plenty of uproar both in local media and politics. He attended the Baltic Film and Media school, graduating as a film director and he completed directing courses both in Europe and the USA (Judith Weston, Robert McKee, Jean-Louis Rodrique, Lunga). Martti has won several competitions and scholarships with his projects. He has also directed dozens of TV-commercials. In The Crosswind is Martti’s feature debut.