Zlila Helman


A member of the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum

A member of The Union of Journalists in Israel

Zlila Helman is an active female Israeli documentary filmmaker and journalist.
She is the director, cinematographer, editor and producer of her documentary works.
Her academic background is in history, especially in Middle Eastern Studies and the History of the Jewish Nation, and also in Social Work. The combination of these two fields helps her to observe varied societies, cultures and identities, from a critical point of view. Her aim is to inspire the audience to think and ask questions, and to strive to create a better world. She is especially interested in the unique stories and special relations between people from all over the world. She focuses on significant cultural issues that bring to light the positive sides of people - no matter where they come from.


Girls Soccer Beyond Borders, short documentary
Festival International Cannes, France
Rome Film Awards, Italy
Beyond Earth Film Festival, Tamil Nadu, India
Golden City Short Film Awards, Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa
Six on Nebraska, Cape Town, South Africa
Open Window International Film Challenge, Calcutta, India
Shahu International Short Film Festival, Pune, India
Malta Film Festival, Malta
Firenze FilmCorti International Festival, Italy
Golden State Film Festival, Los Angeles, California, USA
Canada Short Film Festival, HONORABLE MENTION
Great Message International Film Festival, Pune, India, BEST DIRECTION AWARD
Sixteen International Film Festivals by JIFF, Jaipur, India, 2018, CERTIFICATE OF MERIT, Best Women & Children Film
The Film Collective., Pennsylvania, USA
Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival (BAICFF), San Francisco, USA
The Buddha International Film Festival, Pune, India
Europa Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain
The Mediterranean Film Festival (MedFF), Italy
Grand Rapids Feminist Film Fest (GRFFF), Michigan
Switzerland International Film Festival, Switzerland
International Short Film Festival Beveren, Belgium
Goa Short Film Festival, India
Rieti & Sabina Film Festival, Rieti, Italy
Pune Short Film Festival, India
Rome Prisma Film Awards


We Have a Dream: Women’s Hopes & Conflicts, short documentary
Georgia Documentary Film Festival, USA
Unrestricted View Film Festival, London, England
New Era Film Festival, NYC, NY, USA
American Asian Latino Film Festival NYC, USA
Olympus Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
Le Prince International Film Festival, Caracas, Venezuela
Carole Film Festival, Venice, Italy
London International Motion Picture Awards - L.I.M.P.A, England
London-X4 Short Film Festival, Special Commendation
Best Global Shorts, Tamil Nadu, India
Europa Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain
MikroFAF - International Festival of Independent Short Film, Belgrade, Serbia
Goa Short Film Festival, India
The Mediterranean Film Festival (MedFF), Italy
Film Festival Senior Movie, Szczecin, Poland
Great Message International Film Festival, Pune, India
Rieti & Sabina Film Festival, Rieti, Italy
Switzerland International Film Festival, Switzerland
Harrogate Film Festival, UK


The Invisibles: Lost in Berlin, short documentary
Canada Short Film Festival, AWARD WINNER
Asia South East Short Film Festival, Cambodia, HONORABLE MENTION
Rome Film Awards, Italy
London International Motion Picture Awards - L.I.M.P.A, England
Sands Film Festival, Florida, USA, Semi Finalist
Directed by Women - NYC Shorts of all Sorts, NYC, USA
Great Message International Film Festival, Pune, India
Harrogate Film Festival, UK
The Buddha International Film Festival, Pune, India
Goa Short Film Festival, India
Pune Short Film Festival, India


Searching for the Meaning of Life, short documentary
L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival, Kolkata, India, AWARD WINNER
The Buddha International Film Festival, Pune, India, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD
American Asian Latino Film Festival NYC, USA
Rome Film Awards, Italy
4th Jaipur Film World, Rajasthan, India
Great Message International Film Festival, Pune, India
Goa Short Film Festival, India
Pune Short Film Festival, India


Israelis & German in the Labyrinth of Reconciliation, short documentary
Rome Film Awards, Italy
International Shorts Film Festival, Australia
Goa Short Film Festival, India
Pune Short Film Festival, India
International Short Film Festival Beveren, Belgium
Zlila Helman