Allison Otto

Allison Otto is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning documentary filmmaker, cinematographer and visual journalist. Her documentary short, The Love Bugs, was recently shortlisted for a 2019 IDA Award, and she is a 2019 recipient of the SFFILM Catapult Film Fellowship, a 2019 finalist for a Heartland Emmy for Outstanding Human Interest Special, a 2018 and 2013 Telluride Mountainfilm Commitment grant recipient and a 2018 Roy W. Dean grant winner. Her journalism clients have included National Geographic, BBC America, NBC, the Sierra Club, Travel Channel, Atlas Obscura, and Lonely Planet. Allison’s exclusive story of the discovery of a new invertebrate species was selected by National Geographic as one of their “Ten Best First-of-their-Kind” stories of 2016. Allison’s documentary shorts have won Audience Choice and Jury Awards at film festivals around the world. Her first film, Keeper of the Mountains (2013) screened more than 500 times in 32 countries, including a screening at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. It was also named “One of the Best Adventure Films of 2013” by Outside magazine.