The 2018 Footcandle Film Festival

September 28th through 30th, Hickory, North Carolina

Film submissions for the 2018 festival are now open through FilmFreeway.  

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Feature-Length and Short Films

The 2017 festival screened 33 films during the course of the weekend.  There were 11 feature-length films, and 22 short films.  All of the films were in a competitive field and eligible for awards determined by both judges and the audience.  Click this link to view the 2017 schedule and selections for this past year’s festival.


Four awards were presented at the end of the 2017 festival weekend:  Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film, and Audience Favorite.  Click this link to view the 2017 festival winners.

One Screening Location

All of the selected 2017 feature-length films were shown in the Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block in Hickory, North Carolina between Friday and Sunday.  All of the Short Film selections were shown during a special Opening Night event accompanied by a reception.


Special Event: Lenoir-Rhyne’s Visiting Writers Series 

In partnership with the Footcandle Film Society, Lenoir-Rhyne University hosted a night with screenwriters, directors and producers Chip White and Shea Sizemore on Thursday, September 21st at the PE Monroe Auditorium during the 2017 festival weekend.  During the event White and Sizemore discussed the art of writing for film and video. They also shared selections of their work during the discussion.

Click to read more about this special event and bios of the two guests.

The Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block

The Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block is a beautiful 400-seat facility with stage and screen capabilities.

243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601

(828) 324-4906


What is the Footcandle Film Festival?

The Footcandle Film Festival is designed to bring unique, challenging and entertaining films to Western North Carolina every September. The festival is being held by the founders and members of the Footcandle Film Society, a 650-member group dedicated to screening and discussing films on a monthly basis.  The society was formed in late 2007 by Alan Jackson & Chris Frye.  The inaugural film festival was held in September of 2015.

When & where can I buy 2018 festival tickets?

In mid-July 2018,  Footcandle Society Members will be receiving an email with ticket purchasing information.  General public ticket purchasing information will be made available on this site in late July 2018.

What are the Awards and Prizes?

Both feature-length and short films will be screened at this year’s festival. At the award ceremony that ends the festival weekend,  the following awards will be announced: one (1) “Best Narrative Feature”, one (1) “Best Narrative Short”, one (1) “Best Documentary Feature”, one (1) “Best Documentary Short” selected by a jury, and one (1) “Audience Favorite Feature” and one (1) “Audience Favorite Short” selected by those in attendance.

When will the 2018 film lineup be announced?

The selection of films will be announced by the time tickets go on sale to Footcandle Film Society members in July 2018.