Award of Merit – “Climbing For Furley” (USA)

Title: Climbing For Furley
Runtime: 28 min
Country: USA
Director: Ridgley Curry
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: March, 2024

Synopsis: Climb alongside extreme endurance athlete Epic Bill Bradley as he attempts to summit Mt. Denali (North America’s tallest mountain) in the wake of the tragic loss of his best friend. What if your dog was your best friend, and when they’re gone, they can leave a hole that’s nearly impossible to fill? This heartfelt tale, set amidst the backdrop of stunning alpine scenery and treacherous mountain perils, takes the viewer on an emotional roller coaster ride that explores the depth of loss and peaks of triumph in the face of adversity. The path to recovery from loss is more arduous, filled with varying stages of grief, regret, and mourning. The mountain of loss can represent the climb of a lifetime.