İlker Çatak

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İlker Çatak at the Max Ophüls Festival 2015

İlker Çatak (born January 11, 1984 in Berlin ) is a German filmmaker .


Çatak was born in Berlin in 1984 as the child of Turkish immigrants. At the age of twelve he moved to Istanbul and graduated from the embassy school there. He then returned to Germany and worked for four years for German and international cinema productions. From 2005 he made his own short films and also worked as a commercial film director for Allianz SE , Deutsche Telekom and Audi , among others . In 2009 Çatak did a bachelor's degree in film and television directing at the Dekra Medienhochschule Berlin . Çatak completed his master's degree at the Hamburg Media School . During his studies, he made the short film Where we are , which made it into the final selection of the Student Academy Awards , but could not win. His graduation film Sadakat  (2014) won the short film competition of the Max Ophüls Festival in 2015, as did his film Where We Are in 2014 .

In 2017 Çatak's first feature film, Once Upon a Time was Indian Country , was released in German cinemas. In 2019, the feature film It is the spoken word followed , which earned him nominations for the German Film Prize 2020 in the categories of Best Director and Best Screenplay .

Filmography (selection)

  • 2008: Between the Shores (actor, director, producer)
  • 2008: Ayda (director, camera, editor)
  • 2010: When Namibia was a city ... (director, screenplay, producer)
  • 2013: ZeitRaum (director, screenplay)
  • 2013: Old School (Director)
  • 2013: Where We Are (Director)
  • 2014: We're Ready (Director)
  • 2014: Sadakat (director)
  • 2017: Once Upon a Time Indian Country (Director)
  • 2019: The spoken word counts (direction, screenplay)


In 2014, Çatak received a nomination for the student Oscar with Wo wir sind and won the short film competition of the Max Ophüls Festival with the film . In 2015 Çatak won again with Sadakat . In addition, he and Sadakat won the Gold Student Academy Award in 2015 and the First Steps Award in the “Short and Animated Film” category.

Web links

Commons : İlker Çatak  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. a b Ilker Çatak. Hamburg Media School , accessed on January 25, 2015 .
  2. a b Sven Bohde: Hamburger hopes for a student Oscar. Schleswig-Holsteinischer Zeitungsverlag , May 4, 2014, accessed on January 25, 2015 .
  3. a b The 2014 Prize Winners. Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival , accessed on January 26, 2015 .
  4. a b The 2015 Prize Winners. Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis , January 24, 2015, archived from the original on July 3, 2015 ; Retrieved January 25, 2015 .
  5. Nominations 2020 . In: (accessed on March 11, 2020).
  6. İlker Çatak wins a golden student Oscar . Süddeutsche Zeitung, accessed on September 18, 2015
  7. Student Oscar in gold goes to Hamburg. Focus: film. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  8. Student Oscar winner at First Steps Award successful. Blickpunkt: Film , September 15, 2015, accessed on September 18, 2015 .