2018 Young Ones Portfolio Jury

Jo de Fina

Founder & Managing Director

The OTTO Empire


Jo de Fina's career in production began at the age of 18 when, whilst studying French and Genetics at University, she landed herself a job running on the set of TV commercials in her home town of Melbourne.

A 3-week trip to London turned into 4 years, and in that time Jo worked her way up the ranks in advertising production at companies such as Tomboy Films, @radical media and Partizan. A 4-year stint in New York followed, where Jo produced for Oscar Nominated director Bennett Miller at Hungryman, before joining David Droga as employee number 4 at Droga5.

After 8 years away from Australia, she returned home, producing at award winning companies Plaza Films and Exit, before founding her own Production Company The OTTO Empire in 2009.

Throughout Jo's career she has had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in the industry around the world, and it was important to her that she to bring that experience back to Australia.

As well as working with some of the most awarded creative talent globally, Jo has been invited to judge at D&AD, AWARD and was Film Craft Jury President at Spikes in 2017. She was also recognised by the industry as Australia's top Creative Producer at the Women in Media Awards in 2017.

Now at the helm of not only The OTTO Empire, but also content company Dougal, and OTTO VR, her passion is storytelling, the people, the idea, communicating that idea and the craft of filmmaking.




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