Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage. He began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg’s College of Fine Arts in 1994. His collaboration with Wueste Film also dates from this time. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, “Sensin – You’re The One!” (“Sensin – Du bist es!”), which received the Audience Award at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. His second short film, “Weed” (“Getürkt”, 1996), received several national and international festival prizes. His first full length feature film, “Short Sharp Shock” (“Kurz und schmerzlos”, 1998) won the Bronze Leopard at Locarno and the Bavarian Film Award (Best Young Director) in 1998.
His other films include: “In July” (“Im Juli”, 2000), “Wir haben vergessen zurückzukehren” (2001), “Solino” (2002), the Berlinale Golden Bear-winner and winner of the German and European Film Awards “Head-On” (“Gegen die Wand”, 2003), and “Crossing the Bridge – The Sound of Istanbul” (2005).
Two of his films were submitted for the Best Foreign Langugage Film category of The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008): The Edge of Heaven (2007) (as director, writer and producer) for Germany and Takva: A Man’s Fear of God (2006) (as producer) for Turkey (September 2007).
His hobbies include boxing and appearing as ‘DJ Superdjango’ in clubs.
Akin Is a fan of Jim Jarmusch, Martin Scorsese, Billy Wilder, Elia Kazan and John Ford.
In 2001 Fatih Akin was a member of the Official Competition Jury at the ‘Berlin International Film Festival’.
In 2005 Fatih Akin was a member of the Official Competition Jury at the ‘Cannes International Film Festival’.
In 2013 Fatih Akin was a member of the Official Competition Jury at the 13th ‘Marrakech International Film Festival’. His fellow members included Chan-wook Park, Marion Cotillard, Paolo Sorrentino, Patricia Clarkson, Anurag Kashyap, Golshifteh Farahani, Amat Escalante, Narjiss Nejjar, François Cluzet and Martin Scorsese, who led the Jury.