Allison Otto

Allison Otto is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, producer, visual journalist and a two-time Telluride Mountainfilm Commitment Grant recipient and a 2018 recipient of the Roy W. Dean From The Heart grant. Her clients have included National Geographic, BBC, NBC, the Sierra Club, Atlas Obscura, CNN, and Lonely Planet. Allison’s exclusive story about 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. In 2013, Allison released her first film, Keeper of the Mountains, which won 15 festival awards, screened in more than 30 countries, and was named “One of the Best Adventure Films of 2013” by Outside magazine. Her most recent documentary short, The Love Bugs, is about two elderly entomologists who quietly amassed the world’s largest private collection of insects. The film will premiere in the spring of 2019. Allison graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a master’s degree in Sociology. When she’s not filming, the Colorado native can mostly likely be found exploring the mountains with her dogs.