Tomas Vengris studied at the Columbia University. He is a graduate from the Vilnius Academy of Arts and the American Film Institute Conservatory. Previously, he has found success with his short films. KALIFORNIJA (2012), his AFI Thesis film about Lithuanian immigrants in Los Angeles, was a national finalist in the Student Academy Awards, distinguishing it as one of the best narrative student films in the United States. His following short film, SQUIRREL, premiered at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival. MOTHERLAND (2019) is his feature directorial debut.