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ABOUT

Allison Otto is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, producer, visual journalist and licensed drone photographer. Her clients have included National Geographic, BBC America, NBC, the Sierra Club, the American Alpine Club, Outside Television and Lonely Planet. Her 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. That same year she also released "PROPERTY," an award-winning documentary short about a day in the life at the National Wildlife Property Repository. Her film was reviewed as one of the most “poignant, beautiful and emotionally moving” short films at the 2016 Port Townsend Film Festival.

In 2013, Allison released her first film, Keeper of the Mountains, which was awarded a Mountainfilm Commitment Grant, won 15 awards, screened at over 30 film festivals around the world and was named “One of the Best Adventure Films of 2013” by Outside magazine.

Allison graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a master’s degree in Sociology.  She is FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certified for drone operations. When she’s not filming, the Colorado native can mostly likely be found exploring the mountains with her three dogs.

 
 
 

Awards and honors

2018 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant Recipient

2018 Roy W. Dean From The Heart Productions Grant Recipient

2016 National Geographic’s Ten Best First-Of-Their-Kind Videos for directing/filming exclusive digital documentary content of a new species

2016 Port Townsend International Film Festival Jury Award for Best Short, Short Documentary (PROPERTY)

2016 Woods Hole Film Festival Jury Award 1st Runner Up for Best Short Documentary (PROPERTY)

2015 No Man’s Land Film Festival Audience Choice Award (KEEPER OF THE MOUNTAINS)

2014 POV Hackathon 5 Selection

2014 Bansko Mountain Film Festival Special Jury Award (KEEPER OF THE MOUNTAINS)

2014 Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Special Mention (KEEPER OF THE MOUNTAINS)

2014 Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival Special Jury Commendation (KEEPER OF THE MOUNTAINS)

2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival Special Jury Mention (KEEPER OF THE MOUNTAINS)

2013 Outside Magazine’s Ten Best Adventure Films of 2013 (KEEPER OF THE MOUNTAINS)

2013 The Poprad, Slovakia International Mountain Film Festival Prize for Mountain History Filming (KEEPER OF THE MOUNTAINS)

2013 Port Townsend International Film Festival Special Jury Commendation (KEEPER OF THE MOUNTAINS)

2013 DocuWest Documentary Film Festival Best Short Film (KEEPER OF THE MOUNTAINS)

2013 Rocky Spirit Festival Sao Paolo Brazil, Best International Film (KEEPER OF THE MOUNTAINS)

2013 FilmStock Colorado Best of Fest, Best Director, Audience Choice awards (KEEPER OF THE MOUNTAINS)

2013 Lighthouse International Film Festival Audience Choice award for Best Short Film (KEEPER OF THE MOUNTAINS)

2011 Telluride Mountainfilm Commitment Grant Recipient

 

 

 

Panels, interviews, mentorship

2017 San Francisco Green Film Festival panelist: “How Do You Tell Your Story In 3 Minutes?”

2017 Storyhunter Blog interview

2017 Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter Storytelling Mentor

2016 Bend Film Festival Film Fatales Panelist

2016 ScreenUp NYC visual journalism panelist

2016 Women in Film and Media Colorado Panelist: Producing the Documentary

2016 Career Girls Inc. Role Model Interviewee for her career in Cinematography/Directing

2015-2016 Frauenmuseum Hittisau, Austria Curated Exhibition “Ich, am Gipfel. Eine Frauenalpinegeschichte” (KEEPER OF THE MOUNTAINS)

2014-2015 Youth photography workshop leader in Bisbee, Arizona

2013 Crested Butte Film Festival Filmmaker Panelist

2013 Boulder International Film Festival Women in Film Panelist

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