SEPTEMBER 23rd-27th, 2020

Online Virtual Film Festival

Feature-Length and Short Films

The 2020 Footcandle Film Festival will screen films during the course of the festival weekend.  There are 10 feature-length films and between 21 short films, all in a competitive field and eligible for awards determined by both judges and the audience.


Six awards will be presented at the end of the 2020 festival weekend:  Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Audience Favorite Feature and Audience Favorite Short.  The awards will announced Sunday evening via a live web event.

Online Screenings

For the safety of our cinephiles, all of this year’s films will be available online for virtual screenings.  All films will be available to view online between Wednesday morning and Sunday evening of the festival weekend. When possible, filmmakers will join after the scheduled screening time for a live discussion.  

Scriptwriting Award Event, Thursday Sept. 24th

The Footcandle Film Festival, in partnership with The Visiting Writers Series of Lenoir-Rhyne University, held the first year of the Footcandle Scriptwriting Competition in 2020.  Script submissions were accepted earlier in the year, and a committee reviewed all applications and selected a winner for this year’s award.
The winner of this year’s competition will receive their award at a special event on Thursday, September 24th, at 7:00pm at the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the Lenoir-Rhyne University campus.  The event will consist of the author discussing their work, a table reading of a portion of their script, and a Question-and-Answer session.  The event is free and open to the public.

Frequently Asked Questions


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.



Tickets are available now for the 2020 Footcandle Film Festival!  Please follow this link to view information about festival passes and individual ticket sales.


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.



The festival film selections and schedule has been announced!  Please follow this link to view this year’s films and the festival weekend schedule.  Remember:  all films will be available online from the start of the festival Wednesday morning to Sunday evening.

Thank you to last year’s supporters!

This project was supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.


John & Connie Bools


Lynn Carlton
Elizabeth and Cavelle Davolio
Michelle Elwanger
The Faltermayer Family
Sallie and Wallace Johnson
Kirby Kepford & Patricia Lee
Kent Kerley & Thom Hutchens
Cindy & Tom Lundy
Joy Mease
William Parrish


Harriet and John Bates
Mary & Rick Berry
Dana Biehler
Regina Bond & Sandra Barnes
Catawba Valley Insurance Agency
Linda & Sandy Guttler
Paul & Marie Martino
Annette McComb
Kit & Norman McDonald
Morganton Humanist Alliance
Janice Sakkal


Will & Kiran Harrill
Peg & Rich Hites
Laura Levinson
James Luehrs
Dale Menard
Laura & Paul Owens
Judith Tarlton


Troy & Kari Alley
Richard & Margie Dickey
Henrietta Ouzts
Martha Willis