Nuri Bilge Ceylan (b. 1959, Istanbul, Turkey) received his engineering degree from Istanbul's Bosphorus University and remained in his home city to study filmmaking at Mimar Sinan University.
He made his first short film Koza in 1994 and his first feature film Kazaba, which was awarded the Caligari Prize at the Berlinale, in 1998.
His third feature Distant won the FIPRESCI Prize for the best film of the year in 2002, and the Critics' Award at PÖFF in 2003.
In 2006 he made Climates, which took the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes and was screened also at PÖFF.
His film Three Monkeys (2008) has received numerous awards in many festivals.