Meta Akkus is a French–Turkish film director, screenwriter, author, and producer. She is best known for her fantasy family film Make A Wish (Bir Dilek Tut)[1]

Meta Akkus
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Alma materCentral St Martins
  • Film Director
  • Producer
  • Writer
Years active1998–present
Height1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)

Early lifeEdit

Meta Akkus, born in Turkey, grew up in Paris, France.[2] She went to Middle School Béranger, located in Le Marais, as such predominantly attended by Jewish students. There she joined the school's theater and studied acting for the next seven years, performing in different classical plays.[3]

In the last year of middle school, Akkus was assigned, by her history teacher, to direct a documentary about World War II students that were deported to concentration camps from her school, Beranger, in 1940.[4]

At the age of 17, Akkus dropped out of Henri-Bergson high school in Paris, put her acting on hold, to write and direct her first play, "Le Temps N'Existe Pas".[5]

Akkus directs her first short film, La Solitude[citation needed], at the age of 18. This led her to move to London, to study and work in films.[6][7]

Film careerEdit

In London, Akkus attended directing classes at Panico Film, she then continued at Central St Martins. She worked as a runner on the set of the James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough, directed by Michael Apted[3]

Her next assignment as an assistant director working on various productions including an advertising campaign for Micron PC, directed by Terry Gilliam, for Radical Media.

She learned how to edit films at Swordfish Editing in Soho, working as an assistant editor for over a year, where she produced, directed, and edited her second short film, Unsatisfaction[citation needed] on 35mm. This short was bought by Canal+ for television broadcast.

BBD Productions, Paris signed her as one of their three exclusive commercial directors, the other two being Luc Besson and Jean-Paul Goude. At BBD, Akkus directed many commercials and music videos around the world, for such global Luxury Brands as Chanel, Lux, Evian, Mini Cooper, Paşabahçe, BP, and Pınar.[citation needed]

Meta Akkus participated in the 5th International Izmir Short Film Festival in November 2004 with her short films La Peur, Zero Tues and Unsatisfaction.[8]

In Cape Town, Akkus directed advertisements for Group Saur, where she created a whole African village and showed people carrying water from every corner of the Earth to Africa.[9]

In 2009–2010, Akkus directed the interview scenes in the documentary, Turkish Passport, about World War II, Turkish-Jewish survivors.[4]

Akkus started and directed a music video for a Copenhagen based pop trio band Who Made Who for their song.

She is the author of two published books, in Turkey, Aşktan Ötürü and Abrakadabra.[3][5]

Akkus directed four music videos for the Turkish rock singer, "Kiraç"[citation needed]. For whom, she wrote and directed a short film for his song "Senden Başka" a story about a boy's love for his mother, which airs on Turkish Television Channels every year on Mother's Day.[7]

Meta Akkus wrote, produced, and directed her first feature film "Make A Wish" (Bir Dilek Tut) in 2022. Make A Wish, a magical coming-of-age film, for family audiences, telling the story of a 12-year-old boy "Berke" who uncovers the secret of how to make his wishes come true .[5] She started pre-production in Istanbul. She shot it in Mardin, an ancient Roman town near the Turkish border with Syria.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18] Her film "Make a Wish" Bir Dilek Tut is a semi-finalist at Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF).[19]


Feature filmsEdit

Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
2022 Make A Wish[20] Yes Yes Yes Co-written with Avni Tuna Dilligil Starring Altan Erkekli
Vildan Atasever
İhsan Berk AydınCinematographer Joan Bordera[21][22]

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Director Writer Notes
1998 La Solitude Yes Yes Produced. Starring Zoe Coussoneau.[citation needed]
2003 Unsatisfaction Yes Yes Starring Helen Le Bohec Cinematographer Philipp Blaubach
2005 La Peur[6] Yes Yes Starring Karina BeutheAudrey Caillaud,[23] Cinematographer Jean Poisson
2006 La Muette Yes Yes Starring Zoe Duchesne& Jean Christophe Gra Cinematographer Vincent Mathias


Year Title Director Writer Company Notes
2004 Group Saur Yes Yes Group Saur Note shot in Cape Town
2006 Yes Yes Chanel Starring Zoe Duchesne[citation needed] Cinematographer Jean Poisson
2007 CK Yes CK Starring Zoe Duchesne, Romulo Pires[citation needed]
Lux Soap] Yes Lux Soap Vincent Mathias
2008 Mini BMW Yes Yes Mini BMW Starring Meta Akkus & Jan Schunke
2015 Pasabahce Omnia Yes Yes Pasabahce

Further readingEdit

  • Aşktan Ötürü (2016).[3][24][25][26][27] Meta Akkuş.RETRO BASIM YAYIN.volume 160. release date:2016-02-22. ISBN 6058677043
  • Abrakadabra (2018).[5][28] Meta Akkuş.THE BEST FILMS PRODUCTIONS.volume 116. release date:2018-06-19. ISBN 6058144903


  1. ^ "Ein News Desk". Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Akkus to weave Fateful Pattern". by Naman Ramachandran. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d Held, Deniz Alan (23 October 2017). "Meta Akkuş ve Aşktan Ötürü: Genç bir kadının biriktirdikleri". İndigo Dergisi (in Turkish).
  4. ^ a b "Hayatlarını kurtaran Türk diplomatları unutmadılar (Son Tren)". 25 September 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d "Meta Akkus interview, second book "Abrakadabra", Bir Dilek Tut". 14 September 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Meta Akkus unifrance Link, La Peur". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  7. ^ a b "SABAH – Paris'te genç bir yönetmen".
  8. ^ "Film Festivalleri, 5th International Izmir Short Film Festival". Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Meta Akkus info and interview". ( Yiğit KARAAHMET. 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  10. ^ "News "Mardin´de 'Bir Dilek Tut' Filmi çekimleri başladı"". 1 July 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  11. ^ "News "Mardin´de 'Bir Dilek Tut' Filmi çekimleri başladı."". 1 July 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  12. ^ "News "Bir Dilek Tut Filminin Çekimlerine Mardin'de Başlandı."". 30 June 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Mardin, Bir Dilek Tut movie shooting news, photo 1–14". 2 September 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  14. ^ "News "Bir Dilek Tut filmi 'motor' dedi."". 4 July 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  15. ^ "News "Bir Dilek Tut filmi 'motor' dedi."". 4 July 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  16. ^ "'Mardin yapımcıların gözde şehri oldu' Bir Dilek Tut movie shooting news and photos". 9 July 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  17. ^ "News "Bir Dilek Tut filmi 'motor' dedi". 4 July 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  18. ^ "News 'Tarihi şehir Mardin yapımcıların gözdesi oldu'". 11 July 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  19. ^ "News "Bir Dilek Tut Oscar'a gidiyor". 3 August 2022. Retrieved 3 August 2022.
  20. ^ "Make A Wish (Bir Dilek Tut) fragman link". 2 September 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  21. ^ "Joan Bordera official". Joan Bordera. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  22. ^ "MAKE A WISH / Feature Film". Joan Bordera. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  23. ^ "Audrey Caillaud". (in French). Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  24. ^ "News "Meta Akkuş yazarlığa soyundu."". 6 January 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  25. ^ "News "Fotoğraf çekimi için Londra'ya gitti klipte oynadı."". 10 February 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  26. ^ "The first step to writing". 18 January 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  27. ^ Ali, Eyüpoğlu (6 March 2016). "Okunması gereken Kitaplar". Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  28. ^ "News "Meta Akkuş'un ikinci kitabı: Abrakadabra"". 12 August 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2020.

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