Steve Krikris was born in the United States. At the age of four he moved to Greece before returning to his native Washington D.C. to study photography and experimental filmmaking at the age of 18. Thereafter, he enrolled in the Film Studies Department at the San Francisco Art Institute. After graduating, he went on to join the production company Workhorse Productions in New York City and produced MTV promos. He has directed more than 500 promotional videos and TV commercial, as well as two short films: Await (2007), which screened at the Tangier Film Festival, the Dráma Short Film Festival and the Istanbul International Film Festival, and The Card Game (2008). In 2010, he started the International Film Festival of Patmos with a group of friends. The Waiter (2018) is his first feature film.