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 Park Chan-Wook, Marion Cotillard, Paolo Sorrentino, Patricia Clarkson, Anurag Kashyap, Golshifteh Farahani, Amat Escalante, Narjiss Nejjar, François Cluzet and Martin Scorsese, who led the Jury.
His parents emigrated from Turkey to Germany in the 1960s.
Brother of Cem Akin.
His hobbies include boxing and appearing as 'DJ Superdjango' in clubs.
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).
Fatih Akin studied 'Visual Communication' at Hamburg's 'College of Fine Arts (Hochschule der Bildenden Künste)' from 1994 to 2000. He never went to a conventional film school.
His father worked in a dry cleaning company, his mother was an elementary school teacher.
Started writing short stories and scripts in his youth.
He visited Argentina to promote his film Soul Kitchen (2009) in Buenos Aires. [November 2009]
Fatih Akin and his wife Monique, who is of German-Mexican descent, live together with their two children (born 2005 and 2011) in Hamburg-Altona (Germany), where he was born. [August 2014]