Umut Aral is born in 1976, in Istanbul, Turkey. After graduating from Galatarasay High School (Lycée de Galatasaray), he studied BA at Bosphorus University and made MFA on Cinema & TV in Marmara University.
During his university years he acted in leading roles, worked as director and playwright in many stage plays in Bosphorus University Actors (BUO). After graduation he continued put dramas and musicals on stage in Galatasaray High School.
In 1999 he directed his first short film called "otuzdört / thirtyfour". The film has won many awards in national film festivals and screened in international film festivals.
In 2005 he directed his second short film "ÇARPIŞMA / CRASH" with the association of Atlantik Film and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Turkey. "Crash" also has won over ten national and international awards and has been screened in major international film festivals like Locarno International Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival and International Short Film Festival in Drama.
Umut Aral works as a director & project supervisor for Atlantik Film since 2002.