In 1999, Atakan transitioned to the film industry and started producing international film projects. In 2007, she started Zeynofilm, a company dedicated to producing film projects.
In 2010, Atakan was awarded the European Film Academy’s Best European Co-Producer award. The same year, she launched the Yapımlab Workshops, with which she aims to share her experience and knowledge as a producer with young filmmakers.
Zeynep Atakan is Vice President of EWA, the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, which works towards equal opportunities for women working in the audiovisual industries in Europe and around the world.
In 2014, Atakan was awarded the Uçan Süpürge Bilge Olgaç Achievement Award, and her latest production Winter Sleep won the Palme d’Or at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, the festival’s most prestigious award.
Zeynep Atakan started the Antalya Film Forum, a co-production and project development market organized as part of the International Antalya Film Festival since 2014, and continues to work as its director. Atakan also organizes the Turkey section of the Young Audience Award, a project by the European Film Academy.
She is the art director of the Sabancı Foundation Short Film Platform.
Atakan is a member of the European Film Academy and the Asia Pacific Screen Academy.
2014 Winter Sleep, Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
2011 Once Upon A Time in Anatolia, Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan 2008 Three Monkeys, Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
2006 Climates, Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
2002 Innowhereland, Director: Tayfun Pirselimoğlu 1999 Lola+Bilidikid, Director: Kutluğ Ataman
Film Academy) APSA (Asia Pacific Screen Academy)
EWA (European Women’s Audiovisual Network) – Vice President