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.