The 2018 festival is complete… thank you to all our filmmakers and festival supporters!!

Feature-Length and Short Films

The 2018 Footcandle Film Festival will screen 37 films during the course of the weekend.  There are 10 feature-length films and 17 short films, all in a competitive field and eligible for awards determined by both judges and the audience.  Click this link to view the 2018 schedule and selections for this year’s festival.


Six awards will be presented at the end of the 2018 festival weekend:  Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Audience Favorite Feature and Audience Favorite Short.  The awards will be presented during the Closing Awards Dinner & Ceremony Sunday evening.

One Screening Location

All of the selected 2018 feature-length and short films will shown in the Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block in Hickory, North Carolina between Friday and Sunday.  A selection of the Short Film selections will be shown during a special Opening Night event accompanied by a reception.


Special Event: Thursday, Sept. 27th 

UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina with support from Footcandle Film Society and Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitors Bureau are proud to present an exclusive preview screening of UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina’s CATAWBANS.

Thursday, September 27, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Drendel Auditorium at the SALT Block.  Space is limited, registration is required! Please RSVP via Eventbrite

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

Frequently Asked Questions


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 early August 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?

We have announced the selections for the 2018 Footcandle Film Festival.  Please visit the festival schedule page to view the selections and when they will be shown.