Umut Dağ

Director | Austrian | Vienna

Personal Data

Languages: German (mother tongue), Turkish (mother tongue), English (fluent)

Residence: Vienna

Place of birth: Austria

Nationality: Austrian


International Romy Award 2020 for VIENNA BLOOD

Nomination for the Grimme Award 2019 for DAS DEUTSCHE KIND

Metropolis Director Award 2018: “Best TV movie direction” for DAS DEUTSCHE KIND

Romy Award: nom. 'Best Director TV movie' for ENDABRECHNUNG

ABU-Prize 2016: won 'Best TV Drama' for TATORT "Rebecca"

Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2014: won 'Best Feature Film' for RISSE IM BETON

Diagonale 2013: won 'Thomas-Pluch-Drehbuchpreis' for KUMA (shared with writer Petra Ladinigg)

Filmfestival Del Cinema Europeo 2012: won 'Audience Award' and 'Best Feature Film' for KUMA

SKIP City Tokio Filmfestival 2012: won 'Best Feature Film' for KUMA

Pristine Filmfestival 2012: won 'Best Director' for KUMA

won 'First Steps Award 2011' for PAPA

Diagonale 2011: won 'Best Austrian Short' for PAPA

won Golden UTV Award 2009 and UTV Audience Award 2009 'Best Music Video' for SELAM

Vienna Independent Shortfilm Festival 2008: won 'Audience Award' for TODESNACHRICHTEN

Metropolis Director Award 2018: "Best TV movie direction" for "Das deutsche Kind"

Feature | Television

2021 | Torstrasse 1 | X Filme Creative Pool | TVNow, Vox | TV series | Director: Umut Dağ | 2nd series

2020 | Breaking Point (OT: Die Macht der Kränkung) | Mona Film | ZDF, ORF | miniseries | Director: Umut Dağ | 6 episodes

2019 | Vienna Blood | MR-Film, Endor Production, Red Arrow Studios International | ORF, ZDF | miniseries | Director: Umut Dağ | 2 episodes (2x90min)

2018 | Tatort - Das Monster von Kassel | HR | ARD | TV series | Director: Umut Dağ

2018 | Tatort Schwarzwald - "Sonnenwende" | SWR | ARD | TV series | Director: Umut Dağ

2015 | Tatort Blum - "Rebecca" | Südwestrundfunk | ARD | TV series | Director: Umut Dağ

2014 | Cracks in Concrete | WEGA-Film | feature film | Director: Umut Dağ | Berlinale 2014: world premiere in the section 'Panorama Special'

2013 | Kuma | WEGA-Film | Filmladen | feature film | Director: Umut Dağ | Berlinale 2012: opening film of the 'Panorama' section, 21st Philadelphia Film Festival: Honorable Mention for Best Actress - Begüm Akkaya; 20th Hamptons International Film Festival: Golden Starfish Award Narrative Feature; Russian Guild of Film Critics: Bronze Taiga Award for Best Actors Ensemble/Special Diploma

2012 | Papa | Filmakademie Wien | short | Director: Umut Dağ | Competition Max-Ophüls Award 2011



After winning a First Steps Award in 2011 for the short film PAPA, Umut Dağ’s first feature film KUMA premiered in 2012 as the opening film in the Panorama section at the Berlin Film Festival. His second feature film RISSE IM BETON (CRACKS IN CONCRETE) was shown two years later at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014. (Berlin Panorama Special). After shooting the German Crime Drama Tatort REBECCA and numerous television dramas including COP STORIES and LANDKRIMI – ENDABRECHNUNG for ORF, Umut directed the award-winning television film DAS DEUTSCHE KIND (THE GERMAN CHILD) for which he won much acclaim including a nomination for the Grimme Award in 2019 and the German Directing Award Metropolis. In 2018 Umut directed two more Tatorts (SONNENWENDE, and DAS MONSTER VON KASSEL). In 2019, making his international debut, Umut directed the 2nd and 3rd episode of the English language 3-parter VIENNA BLOOD based on the novels by Frank Tallis and starring Matthew Beard and Juergen Mauer. In 2020 VIENNA BLOOD won the International Romy Award.



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