Costa Mesa, California

December 6, 2019

Dear Family & Friends:

“Eight Summits: The Bill Burke Story” just won first place in the International Outdoor Film Festival. Eight Summits was entered in the Festival a few years ago and was doing the circuit similar to the Banff Mountain Film Festival that travels around the United States. Over 1,480 films were originally submitted, and only 850 were selected to be included in the Festival.

Eight Summits traveled all around Europe in various countries being screened and voted on.  Of the 850 films only 5 films per category made it to the grand finale in Prague, the Capital of the Czech Republic. On November 30, 2019, Eight Summits won the top award in the Mountain Climbing, Exploration category for “Extraordinary Lifelong Sports Performance.” 

My friend, Allan Smith, who produced the film, attended the Festival with his wife, Holly. I am so glad he was there to receive the award.
Here is a link to the film.  

Allan Smith