Syllas Tzoumerkas


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 which participated in competition at the Cinéfondation of the 2001 Cannes film festival and won the Jury Prize of the 2001 Karlovy Vary 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. As an actor, he participated in stage and live-cinema performances, feature and short films.
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 co-production, had its world premiere at the Concorso Internazionale of the Locarno Film Festival 2014 and currently screens in festivals and theaters around the world.
His next film project, The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea, is in-development. It was selected for the Rotterdam-Berlinale Express 2015 (Rotterdam Cinemart, Berlinale Co-production Market) and won the Special Mention of the Jury of the Eurimages Co-production Development Award at the Berlinale.


Youla Boudali


Youla Boudali was born and raised in Athens. She studied Theatre at the University of Athens and the University of Crete and Film and Media at the Instituut Media en Re – Presentatieat the University of Utrecht. After working for some time as a researcher in the University of Crete she started her training as an actor at the Stella Adler Studio in N. York, the Poor School and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Now she works as writer and actor in films and theatre. For the stage she works indepenently creating her own productions and has also been a collaborator of the Greek National Theatre.

A Blast is her second collaboration with director and co-screenwriter Syllas Tzoumerkas Homeland (dir. Syllas Tzoumerkas, Critics’ Week of the Venice Film Festival 2010). She is currently working together with Syllas Tzoumerkas on their third feature film screenplay The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea which was selected and presented at the Berlinale Script Station Lab 2014. In 2015, the project was presented at the Cinemart-Berlinale Express programme of the Rotterdam IFF and the Berlinale Co-production Market, where it received the Special Mention of the Jury of the Eurimages Co-production Development Award.

Pantelis Mantzanas

Director of photography

Pantelis Mantzanas was born in 1976 in Athens. He studied cinematography at L.Stavrakos Film School (1996-1999). He has worked as cinematographer and as a lighting designer for theater and dance performances in Athens.

His cinematography credits include feature films, short films and documentaries, tv commercials and music video clips.


  • 2014Red Rose by Sepideh Farsi
    A Blast by Syllas Tzoumerkas
  • 2013Anasa by Alexandros Chantzis (short)
    Mana by Valerie Kontakos (documentary)
  • 2012Chelsea-Barcelona by Alexandros Chantzis (short)
    Katinoula by Myrna Tsapa (documentary)
  • 2010Homeland by Syllas Tzoumerkas
    Don’t you Forget About Me by E. Micheloudakis (short)
  • 2009Student Occupation by Alexandros Chantzis (short)
  • 2008General’s Widow by Dimitris Kanellopoulos (short)
  • 2005Still Memory by Eleni Angelopoulou (short)
  • 2004Kyriakatikes Diadromes by Elina Psikou (short)
  • 2000The Devouring Eyes by Syllas Tzoumerkas (short)

Kathrin Dietzel


Kathrin Dietzel was born in 1979 and grew up in Hamburg. In 2006, she graduated in romance philology and musicology at Humboldt University in Berlin. From 2007 to 2010 she studied editing in Italy at Zelig film school, Bozen. Since 2010, Kathrin is working as a freelance editor for documentary and feature film in Berlin.


  • 2014A Blast by Syllas Tzoumerkas
  • 2013Verlorener Horizont by Robert Bohrer, Emma Rosa Simon (documentary)
    La Deutsche Vita by Alessandro Cassigoli, Tania Masi (documentary)
  • 2012Über Rauchem Grund by Youdid Kahveci (short)
    Rauch by Franziska Krentzien (short)
  • 2010My Marlboro City by Valentina Pedicini (short)
  • 2009My Sovversivo Amore by Valentina Pedicini (short)
    Was der Herr mir eingibt by Lars Gehrmann (short)

Marco Vermaas

Supervising sound designer and re-recording mixer

Marco Vermaas is an Amsterdam based sound designer who has been working in the film industry since 1990. He started out as a visual artist and filmmaker to later concentrate on visual effects and sound design for films. Since 2005, his own sound studio, Studio Vermaas, works solely in sound postproduction for Dutch and international films and has become one of the main sound post-production studios in The Netherlands. Marco has a passion for sound design and works for mainstream as well as arthouse films. In 2010 he was nominated for Best Sound at the Netherlands Filmfestival for the film WIN / WIN, directed by Jaap van Heusden. In 2011 he was again one of the three nominees for Best Sound, this time for the film 170 HZ, directed by Joost van Ginkel.

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Evi Zafiropoulou

Make up artist

Evi Zafiropoulou studied at the Technological Institute of Greece with stage of practice in Belgium in the departments of neurology, medical aesthetics and gynaecology. She also practiced at the Military Hospital of Brussels in 1st to 3rd degree burns, microsurgery, skin transfer and special-cover medical make up. She has worked as a make-up artist in many feature and short films, stage performances, commercial spots, video-clips and photo-shoots. She has been twice awarded with the best make-up award of the Hellenic Film Academy (Homeland, Little England).

Select. filmography

  • 2014A Blast by Syllas Tzoumerkas
  • 2013Before Midnight by Richard Linklater
    Little England by Pantelis Voulgaris
  • 2012The Capsule by Athina Rachel Tsangari
    The Daughter by Thanos Anastopoulos
  • 2011Alps by Giorgos Lanthimos
    Wasted Youth by Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Jan Vogel
    Paradise by Panagiotis Fafoutis
  • 2010Homeland by Syllas Tzoumerkas
  • 2009Bank Bang by Argyris Papadimitropoulos
    Ricordi Mi by Stella Theodoraki
  • 2008Correction by Thanos Anastopoulos
  • 2007Alter Ego by N. Dimitropoulos, G. Karagiannitis
    Pals by Sotiris Goritsas
  • 2006Soul Kicking by Yannis Economidis
  • 2005Hostage by Constantinos Giannaris
    Evil by Yorgos Noussias
  • 2004The Brides by Pantelis Voulgaris
  • 2003A Touch of Spice by Tassos Boulmetis
    Atlas (All the Weight of the World) by Thanos Anastopoulos
  • 2001The Only Journey of his Life by Lakis Papastathis

Marli Aliferi

Costume designer

Marli Aliferi studied costume design for theater and screen, and fashion promotion and communication at the Veloudakis Fashion School (1997-1999), the De Monfort University (BA, Hons, 1999-2002), the Surrey Institute of Art Design (MA, 2002-2003) and the Saint Martins College of Art & Design (2010).
Since 2002, she has worked as a stylist for magazine photo shoots and as an assistant costume designer for various feature films (Bank Bang, Black Field, 4 Black Suits, etc.), TV productions, commercials, stage and opera performances.
Her credits as costume designer include several commercials, stage performances and feature films The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas (by Elina Psikou, Berlinale Forum 2013), Runaway Day by Dimitris Bavellas and Suntan by Argyris Papadimitropoulos (in post-production).


  • 2015Suntan by Argyris Papadimitropoulos (in post-production)
  • 2014A Blast by Syllas Tzoumerkas
  • 2013Runaway Day by Dimitris Bavellas
  • 2013The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas by Elina Psykou


Original music

drog_A_tek is a flexible musical band re-inventing itself at each meeting. A mixed and eclectic set of improvisation disorder, formed in 2001 in Athens, they record moments in real-time and produce temporary audiovisual environments. They use objects, analogue and digital musical instruments, typewriters, frequencies, images, recording archives/waste and technology landscapes to which they manufacture small public fragmented narratives. drog_A_tek develop their shows beyond any normal use of their materials. Emitting, and receiving known/unknown stories and ephemeral desires. They print music, posters, stickers, write on walls and on the internet. They have played at the Athens Festival, in various clubs in Athens and Thessaloniki and many other festivals. Their soundtrack for Syllas Tzoumerkas’ Homeland won the Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Music.


  • 2014A Blast
  • 2012Cavo d’Oro
  • 2010Homeland

Elli Papageorgakopoulou

Production designer

Ellia Papageorgakopoulou was born in Athens. She studied at the Thessaloniki School of Arts and the National Theatre Drama School. She has collaborated as a production and costume designer with many theatre directors in several venues including the Greek National Theatre, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Greek Opera, the OMMA, among others. She designed the sets and costumes for the Closing Ceremony of the Athens Olympics 2004 and the Eurovision Contest 2006. She has worked as a production and costume designer for operas in Italy, stage performances in England, Greek films and television series.


Titus Kreyenberg

Producer DE

Titus Kreyenberg worked as an executive producer for film and television for many years before he founded his own production company unafilm in 2004. The company’s films compete in A-festivals around the world, Berlinale, Cannes, Toronto, Locarno, IDFA, San Sebastian, DOKLeipzig, among them. In 2013 Heli won the award for Best Director in competition in Cannes. This year Bridges of Sarajevo is shown in the Sélection Officelle in Cannes.

Jeroen Beker

Producer NL

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Ellen Havenith

Producer NL

After graduating from Theatre-, Film- en Television Sciences at University Utrecht in 2003, Ellen worked as a Production Manager and Line Producer for various production companies producing short films, drama series and feature films. Working for Column Film she was the Delegate Producer of 170 Hz ( first feature film by Joost van Ginkel) which won the Golden Calf Audience Award and the Movie Squad Award at the Dutch Film Festival 2011 and got selected for important international filmfestivals such as Busan, Seattle, Shanghai and Moscow.

She attended courses such as European Co-Production: Legal and Financial Aspects at the Erich Pommer Institut and Story Editing by Franz Rodenkirchen at the Binger Filmlab. In 2010 she participated in the Rottterdam Producers Lab and in 2012 in the prestigious EAVE – European Producers Workshop.

Maria Drandaki


Maria Drandaki began her producing life as an executive producer in Alexis Alexiou’s feature debut Tale 52, which premiered at Rotterdam IFF 2008 and was awarded for Best Screenplay at Sitges IFF. Since then, she’s producing, through various production companies as well as her own production label, films mainly by writer/directors.

She is currently in production of Yorgos Zois‘ first feature film Stage Fright, which received the CNC development prize Cinelink 2011 and a Production Award at the Torino FilmLab 2012.

Her latest film, Syllas Tzoumerkas‘ second feature A Blast, a Greek/German/Dutch coproduction, is currently selected for the Official Competition of Locarno IFF 2014.