Dagmawi Abebe (Dag) is an award-winning Ethiopian-born American Writer, Director, and Editor, known for his exceptional storytelling prowess and dedication to portraying the narratives of unsung heroes and marginalized communities. Emigrating to the United States at a young age, Dag embarked on an academic journey that fused his passion for scientific exploration with his love for the art of filmmaking. He pursued a major in Physics and a minor in Film Studies at the University of Virginia, honing his unique blend of analytical thinking and creative vision before getting his Master of Fine Arts in Film and TV Production from the University of Southern California.
Dag's career in the film industry spans several years, during which he has made significant contributions in various roles within the Post-Production department. From his formative years as an Assistant Editor at Mob Scene Creative to his tenure at All3Media and 20th Digital Studio under Disney Television Studios, Dag has collaborated on projects that have aired on reputable networks such as the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Netflix, and Hulu. His versatility and unwavering commitment have enabled him to work alongside esteemed Academy Award-winning producers and acclaimed indie directors, demonstrating his versatility and commitment to the craft.
Driven by a deep connection to his native Ethiopia, Dag aspires to shed light on the rich cultural heritage and untold narratives of his homeland. In 2020, he co-founded the Habesha Film Association (HFA), a non-profit organization aimed at bridging the Horn of Africa with the global filmmaking community. This passionate endeavor showcases Dag's commitment to fostering meaningful connections and amplifying underrepresented voices within the industry.
Dagmawi Abebe (Dag) has received numerous accolades for his work, including the Directors Guild of America Student Jury Prize and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant. His films have been celebrated at prestigious festivals worldwide, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, and Toronto Black Film Festival. With a genuine passion for storytelling, Dag pushes the boundaries of artistic expression, crafting immersive narratives that resonate with audiences worldwide.
He's currently based in Los Angeles.