Syllas Tzoumerkas was born in 1978 in Thessaloniki. He grew-up in Thessaloniki, Kilkis and Nissyros. He studied theatre, film-direction and acting in Athens, Utrecht and New York. Ηe directed the ‘dogma’ like b&w short film The Devouring Eyes (Cinéfondation, 2001 Cannes film festival). He directed another short film, Rain, and collaborated with various tv-documentary shows on episodes related to contemporary politics, 20th century history and literature. His first feature film, Homeland, had its world premiere at the International Critics’ Week of the 2010 Venice Film Festival; it was released in October 2010 and participated in many international festivals. His second feature, A Blast, a Greek-German-Dutch-Italian co-production, had its world premiere at the International Competition of the Locarno Film Festival 2014 and went on to screen in over 70 film festivals and to be theatrically released in over 15 countries around the world. Apart from his work as a film director and writer, Syllas Tzoumerkas co-directed with Youla Boudali stage performances, and participated as an actor in stage and live-cinema performances, feature and short films. His next film, The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea, a Greek-German-Dutch-Swedish co-production will premiere at the Panorama of the 69th Berlinale 2019.