Allison Otto

A woman of many roles, Allison Otto is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, video journalist, photographer and interactive media artist. As a Colorado native, her passion is creating evocative, character-driven stories about the American Southwest and the natural world. In 2013, she released her first film, Keeper of the Mountains (Mountainfilm 2013), 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. Otto has also filmed, edited and produced multi-platform content for the Travel Channel, BBC America, Lonely Planet, Outside Television, CNN’s Great Big Story and USA Today. She grew up in Vail, Colorado, and graduated from Stanford University. Other films by Otto include Property (Mountainfilm 2016), Felix (Mountainfilm 2018), and along with Maria Clinton, she is the co-director of The Love Bugs (Mountainfilm 2019, Mountainfilm Commitment Grant winner) which was awarded Best Short Documentary in the 42nd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. She is the director of this year’s The Thief Collector (Mountainfilm 2022).