After Making several award-winning shorts in Turkey, Yesim Ustaoglu made her feature film debut with 1994’s The Trace. The film was presented at numerous international festivals, including Moscow and Gotenburg. Yesim Ustaoglu received international recognition for her 1999 film Journey to the Sun (23th Mostra) received the Blue Angel Award (Best European Film) and the Peace Prize and swept the Istanbul Festival by winning Best Film, Best Director and the Audience Award. Waiting for the Cloudes (29th Mostra) was awarded NHK Sundance-International Filmmaker’s award. Pandora’s Box won the San Sebastian Film Festival 2008.