Toulla Mavromati is a well-known Greek-American director, producer, and writer. She is best known for her films The Greek Wedding, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and Losing It, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Her other credits include the feature films The Pearl of Greece, and the award-winning documentary When I Come Home.
Toulla was born in Athens, Greece in 1965. She grew up in a small village outside the city and had a passion for film from a young age. As a teenager, she watched films by great directors like Ingmar Bergman and Akira Kurosawa, and dreamed of one day making her own movies.
After graduating from the University of Athens, Toulla moved to the US to pursue her dream of filmmaking. She attended UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, where she earned a Master's degree in Directing in 1995. After graduating, she began her career in the film industry by making short films and music videos.
In 1998, Toulla made her feature film debut with The Greek Wedding, a romantic comedy about a young Greek-American woman who is torn between her traditional Greek family and her American boyfriend. The film was an instant hit and won numerous awards, including the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Toulla continued to make critically acclaimed films throughout the 2000s, including Losing It (2003), The Pearl of Greece (2007), and When I Come Home (2013). Her films tackle themes of identity, culture, family, and love, and have been praised for their insight and poignancy.
Toulla's work has been featured in numerous film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, and Cannes. She has also been a guest speaker at various universities and film schools, and has been featured in numerous international publications.
Toulla continues to make films that explore the human condition in meaningful ways. Her work has touched the hearts of millions, and she is an inspiration to aspiring filmmakers around the world.