Languages: German (mother tongue), Turkish (mother tongue), English (fluent)
Place of birth: Austria
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"
2021 | House of Promises | X Filme Creative Pool | RTL+ | 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 Umut Dağ won the First Steps Award for his short film PAPA in 2011, he debuted with his first feature film KUMA as the opening film in the Panorama section of the Berlinale in 2012. His second feature film RISSE IM BETON also premiered at the Berlinale. After LANDKRIMI – ENDABRECHNUNG for ORF, he received great attention from audiences and critics in Germany with TATORT – “REBECCA” and the multi-award-winning film DAS DEUTSCHE KIND. For DAS DEUTSCHE KIND he was nominated for the Grimme Award 2019 and received the German Directing Award Metropolis, among others. In 2018, Umut directed two more TATORTS (SONNENWENDE and DAS MONSTER VON KASSEL). He made his international debut in 2019 with two episodes of the TV three-parter VIENNA BLOOD, which won the Romy International Award 2020.
In 2021, the German-Austrian miniseries AM ANSCHLAG – DIE MACHT DER KRÄNKUNG, which he directed and features a top-class cast, was released.