Fiona Otway has worked on projects that have received numerous awards and honors, including Academy Award nominations for Hell and Back Again, Sari's Mother, and Iraq in Fragments. Hell and Back Again was also awarded the Grand Jury prize at Sundance Film Festival, while Iraq in Fragments was awarded the Sundance Best Editing prize. Other highlights include: a Grierson award, a DuPont, International Documentary Association awards, an International Federation of Film Critics award, nominations for Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, British Independent Film Awards, and several nominations for Cinema Eye Honors.
Fiona has also received artist awards from Princess Grace Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts & Washington State Arts Commission, 4 Culture, City of Seattle, Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association, National Association for Media Arts & Culture (Emerging Leader Award), and others.
She is a fellow of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Edit & Story Labs, Film Society at Lincoln Center Artist Academy, Flaherty Seminar, Temple University, Telluride Film Festival Symposium, Artist Trust EDGE, 911 Media Arts Center & KCTS 'New Voices' Emerging Filmmaker Program, Peace & World Securities Studies United Nations Program, and the Lisle Fellowship 'Art for Community's Sake' in Bali, Indonesia.
She has served on festival juries, awards and grant review panels for Sundance Documentary Fund, Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund at Johns Hopkins University, DuPont Columbia University Documentary Award, Full Frame Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, and Diamond Screen Film Festival.
Fiona has been a mentor, participated on panels, given talks, and presented masterclasses for BFI Doc Society, IFP Documentary Labs, Doc NYC, Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship, Southern Documentary Fund, New York University, Interlochen Arts Academy, University of the Arts, University of Texas Austin, Columbia University, Princeton University, Cal State Monterey Bay, Temple University, Seattle Film Institute, Northwest Institute for Social Change, WHYY, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, XV International AIDS Conference, and others.
She has also designed and taught filmmaking classes/workshops for Bard College, Temple University, Antioch University (Seattle), Scribe Video Center, Adobe Youth Voices, Breaking the Silence, 911 Media Arts Center, Reel Grrls, Longhouse Media, Lummi C.E.D.A.R. Project, Coyote Junior High, Lynnwood High School, Rainier Beach Community Center, Museum of History and Industry, Seattle Center Summer Academy, St. Lucia Ministry of Education, among many others.