A former Student Oscar® winner for Sadakat (2015), Ilker Çatak was born in Berlin in 1984. In 1996, he moved with his family to Istanbul. Following his graduation, he returned to Germany and gathered firsthand experience working on film productions. He studied at the DEKRA Media University in Berlin and received an M.A. from the Hamburg Media School. His filmography includes the features Once Upon A Time in Indian Country (2017), I Was I Am I Will Be (2019), and Stambul Garden (2020).